September 25, 2013
Community Chapel: A Conversation About Blessing the Community
Description: International church consultant Tom Bandy and Adjunct faculty member Tom Barlow will lead “A Conversation About Blessing the Community” in the context of prayer and song.
A booksigning will follow worship at noon. Relevant to the theme of the day are Bandy’s books: See, Know and Serve (Aug 2013), Why Should I Believe You? (2007 in response to the UMC ministry study), and GPS: Global Positioning for the Soul (a book on spiritual yearning and seeker sensitivity that relates both to Methodist roots and his work with Paul Tillich).
Bandy has suggested that the purpose of the Christian church is to engage in blessing its community. His recent work also challenges congregations to thrive through setting clear and significant spiritual expectations of lay leadership. See the specifics on his website resources page: http://www.thrivingchurch.com.snapshotweb.org/Coaching/ChurchDevelopment/Articles.aspx Bandy is in Denver to speak at the Urban Academy on Sept 28th.
Tom Bandy is an internationally recognized consultant, conference speaker, and leadership coach for Christian organizations and faith-based non-profits. He is the president of Thriving Church Consulting, LLC and can be found in his virtual office at ThrivingChurch.com. Tom is widely respected for his unique ability to understand diverse cultures, traditions, and denominational polities; and his grasp of systemic change and congregational mission. Denominational, congregational, and non-profit leaders appreciate his ability to discern truth, clarify options, and guide leaders for spiritual growth and mission impact. Tom listens, teaches, and empowers leaders to follow Christ faithfully in a world of change. See for a longer bio: http://www.thrivingchurch.com.snapshotweb.org/Home/Who.aspx
Tom Barlow has worked as a researcher on the UMC’s study of Vital Congregations and in addition to teaching at Iliff consults with congregations through http://www.unstuckchurch.net
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11:11 a.m.
Location: Iliff School of Theology, Iliff Hall Chapel, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210