Forging Sharper Ideas and Insights for Mission

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New for 2016, BHITC launches MissionSmith – A series of free, half-day gatherings designed to forge the thinking and practice of metropolitan church and ministry leaders for greater effectiveness and innovation in mission, church planting and Kingdom advancement.  The sessions will bring you and your team dynamic presentations from local, regional and national ministry leaders addressing a wide range of mission and leadership topics and practices, often through storytelling, lecture or skills-building sessions. Come and get equipped, inspired and linked with others at MissionSmith. All sessions are free with an advance RSVP, so select just the sessions that speak to your situation, or mark your calendar now and attend them all!

All sessions take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at BHITC’s offices (2031 West 30th St., Cleveland).  Register here!

Learn more about urban church planting with BHITC and its partners at

The first few MissionSmith sessions are as followed:

Saturday, February 6
RUST BELT REFORMATION Rev. Dustin White, Pastor, Radial Church
News headlines regularly report that Canton boasts one of the highest urban poverty rates in Ohio, but that isn’t stopping God from writing a new story of incarnation and transformation. Hear a report of His power at work from Pastor Dustin White, who planted Radial Church in urban Canton. Get ready to be amazed at how Jesus is unfolding a movement in Canton by way of the most unlikely people, events and circumstances….just like He always does!

KEYS TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS Garnett Slatton, Senior Pastor, Bay Presbyterian Church; Adjunct Professor of Management, Vanderbilt University
What makes new ventures successful? Why do they so often fail? What does an entrepreneur look like? How can the lessons learned in the business world apply to ministry? Pastor Garnett Slatton, a former CEO and entrepreneur, and current professor of entrepreneurship, will present some of the keys to starting successful new ventures in ministry.

Saturday, March 5
How well can you identify the emotions of others whom you lead? Better yet, how well do you realize the impact your own emotions have on your behavior as a leader? Debra Griest, who consults internationally with business and ministry leaders on this and other issues, provides an overview of Emotional Intelligence, including tools and techniques for leading more effectively.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – LESSONS IN MINISTRY TRANSITIONS Dwight Seletzky, Pastor, Christ the King Vineyard Church
We place a strong emphasis in mission on starting…beginning…launching. But, rarely do we intentionally discuss what happens when your time in a ministry draws to a close. How do you handle that well, especially if the circumstances are less than ideal? Dwight Seletzky shares personal stories of transitions – from the foreign mission field to church planting here in Cleveland – and the costs to you, your family and the ministry. Insightful and honest, this presentation is one every ministry leader needs to hear.

Saturday, April 2
HUGH HALTER RETURNS TO CLEVELAND! Mission Collision – The Merging of Vocation, Ministry and Your Everyday Life The Church in the West is under incredible change.
Every denomination is in decline and church attendance continues to struggle. In line, everything that hangs on the present consumer-driven approach to Christendom will and must morph.

Author and church planter Hugh Halter returns to Cleveland in April to remind us that the Gospel came to us through fully paid, barely paid, and mostly non-paid saints. The future of vibrant ministry depends on God’s people finding creative pathways for leveraging all of life into one calling.

Come and hear stories and insights from Hugh, who will offer a framework to help you discover these leverage points whether you are a marketplace executive, a ministry leader or someone in-between. Hugh brings a simple, yet powerful message: only the incarnational power of Jesus satisfies what we truly crave in life. Once we taste and see that the Lord is really good, we can’t be the same and we’ll risk everything for it.

Hugh also speaks on Sunday, April 3 at Renew Communities, Polaris Career Center, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights; 9:30 am and 11:15 am worship services

Register here!

Upcoming MissionSmith episodes this spring and fall
• Fundraising for your dream, ministry or church plant
• Growing in your cross-cultural competency as a leader
• Church planting through public schools
• Asset-Based Community Development 101
• Redemption Possible: Jesus and the adult entertainment industry

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