Our first church on the district to enter into the District Transformation Project (DTP) was New Beginnings. Pastor Steve Lane prepared his people with times of prayer and weekly announcements from the pulpit to keep people looking, praying, and trusting God for a great time. The weekend consists of Friday AM and afternoon with interviews with the pastor and key leaders in the life of the church. On Friday evening Rev. Paul James (consultant) led a Focus Group.
Saturday morning was a focused time on teaching from Rev. James. The teaching was around healthy churches, missional priority, structure, and a preview of affirmations, concerns and prescriptions. Sunday Rev. Paul James preached and then read the Consultation Report (everyone had a printed copy).
At 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon we had a Lay Leadership Training time. Midway through the teaching time we shared a meal and then concluded about 7:15 PM. On Sunday evening on October 28th the DS and Pastor Steve lead a Town Hall meeting. Two weeks later the congregation voted with 92% in favor of moving ahead with the Consultation Report.
We are thankful for the Consultation Team of Rev. Paul James, Dr. Marlin Hotle (DS of Kentucky/Tennessee) as well as myself. After the 92% approval vote the pastor will be provided a personal coach for one year to help coach him through his prescriptions. Pastor Steve will have Pastor Dick Osborne from Eastern New York and New England District.
His church has grown substantially after going through the process and will be a great assistance to Pastor Steve.
– Dr. Dan Berry
District Transformation Project - New Beginnings