News release dropped in Nashville, TN at the 2011 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly. TransformingTheChurch.org provides a resource aligned with the Disciples' goal of transforming 1,000 congregations by 2020 to realize the 2020 Vision of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Anderton
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July 11, 2011 – Nashville, TN – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2011 General Assembly – A new online resource for churches and congregations in transformation has been launched to provide access to high-quality online learning, courseware, consultation and coaching processes.
Although intended for use by any congregation of any denomination that is in need of systemic transformation and deep change, TransformingTheChurch.org has been founded and led by four members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): Roger A. Sizemore, Ph.D., Richard L. (Dick) Hamm, D.Min., Richard H. (Rick) Lowery, Ph.D. and William H. (Bill) Anderton. Furthermore, the project is intended to be a resource aligned with the Disciples' goal of transforming 1,000 congregations by 2020 to realize the 2020 Vision of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
With 80% of almost 400,000 congregations in all denominations in North America in the last half of their lifecycle and 60% in the last quadrant, there are many congregations which are in need of systemic transformation. Some of these congregations have already successfully transformed; but others still need assistance. Many congregations needing transformation have a sense of the work to do, but don't know how to go about it.
Herein, is the mission of TransformingTheChurch.org.
TransformingTheChurch.org will provide the tools for transformation; exposing otherwise hidden knowledge in an open, transparent and non-threatening environment that is available to all:
The first course of a series for 2011 is now available and can be purchased online at https://www.transformingthechurch.org. All that is needed to sign up and use the course and its resources is a web browser and a broadband Internet connection.
"Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Post-Modern Age" by Dr. Richard L. (Dick) Hamm, is now available and is based on his book of the same title, in the TCP Leadership Series, (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2007) which is used as the class textbook for the course. This website offers a fully-interactive media-rich online learning course composed of five high-quality video-on-demand sessions and five one-hour fully-interactive conversations with Dr. Hamm. In addition, participants are provided with an established interactive online learning community in order to discuss class information and application topics along with other students under the supervision of Dr. Hamm. As a bonus, the course includes a sixth video-on-demand session that is a music concert by singer/songwriter John Tracy presenting songs about change and personal transformation.
Each class will be conducted in weekly sessions over a period of six weeks with a new class beginning every month.
The first class of this course will begin August 1, 2011. The cost of the course is $129.99 per participant and group rates for congregations taking the class together are available!
Also, for congregations taking the class as groups, optional "Private Meeting Rooms" are available in a special secure portion on the website and arrangements can be made to have Dr. Hamm join you in sessions conducted in these virtual consultation rooms for individualized one-on-one consulting and coaching with congregational transformation teams.