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Growing Healthy Churches

Healthy Churches, Led by Healthy Leaders, Changing the World

Dr. Tim Brown  |  Executive Minister

A sanctuary by definition is a place of refuge and safety. It’s supposed to be a place where people can let down their guard and find respite and reprieve from the normal activities of life. And yet, in light of the recent tragedy at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Texas, many are questioning the refuge and safety of our places of worship. On Sunday, November 6 as the horrific news spread like wild fire on cell phone news alerts, many people in my church came to talk to me or share with me their sadness. And every single person who messaged, called or talked to me had a similar question, “What if that happened here at our church? Are we prepared?”

Fortunately, about six months ago, we had some safety training from a very thoughtful evaluation and thorough training from a retired specialist who has worked for several police departments including the LAPD. However, in speaking with him on Sunday, we know we need to step up our preparedness to ensure that as people come onto our campus that we have done our due diligence to provide a safe environment…a sanctuary. Read more!

Rev. Gilbert Foster  |  Director of Recruitment

Recently I wrote an email to a pastor friend, it included these sentences:

“For years I have urged Pastors and leaders to read beyond their usual. We are in unusual times and to be effective today we need to rethink. The reading we do needs to help us understand others – how they view culture, reality, truth. To quote J Richard Middleton and Brian Walsh, ‘truth is stranger than it used to be.’ There is a tectonic plate shifting of culture and western Christianity. It is in this atmosphere that we are called to lead.”

But I want to spin this a little differently than you are imagining – and recommend two important reads for the month of November.

It begins with Erin Meyer’s book, The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business ….. with the additional subtitle of:  How People Think, Lead and Get Things DoneRead more!

Why GHC?

No one can better understand what a pastor faces than other pastors. Growing Healthy Churches is a network of pastors and leaders who are here to support you and your church as you follow God's direction in reaching your community for Christ.
You're on the front lines and because many of us have walked in your shoes we understand the road you walk on and we care about your success. We share your passion for the Great Commission & Great Commandment and we want to help you on the journey God has set before you.
Whether it's personal growth, church growth and development, or mentor clusters, capital campaigns, pastoral coaching or placement we're committed to helping you take your church to the next level.
GHC is committed to the Great Commission & the Great Commandment of reaching the world with the love of Jesus Christ. We give leaders the opportunity to learn from other leaders who represent an array of leadership styles & church strategies.
Growing Healthy Churches is an association of churches working together in covenant to help advance the Kingdom of God by pursuing the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Click Here to Learn More

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