DMIN & Wesley Seminary cohort in Transformational Leadership began their educational journey visiting #MLK birthplace, Ebenezer Baptist Church & Greater Traveler’s Rest Church where #MLK pastored.

Commentary by Prof. B: Below are two pictures from the first course I taught to our DMin in Transformational Leadership students. The course (LEAD 711: Foundations of Urban, Rural and Suburban Leadership) included visits to important #MLK historical sites as well as hearing from a diverse group of pastors.

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The first is a picture of our #WesleySem #DMIN #Leadership cohort visiting #MLK birthplace and hearing from @Ebenezer_ATL Church pastor #RaphaelWarnock.

While pictured below are our students @WesleySeminary #DMin in Transformational Leadership students when we began our program in 2016 by attending Greater Traveler’s Rest Church formerly pastored by #MartinLutherKingJr. Current pastor Rev. Dr. Dewey Smith (pictured) hosted a day of learning. @HOHATL #WesleySem

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PASTORAL TRANSITIONS & Dewey Smith’s personal story of his challenging pastoral transition

This popular session from the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference details Pastor Smith’s difficult journey of becoming the new pastor of a 137 year-old church, and the lessons he learned in the process. “I really had to humble myself like never before,” he says. “We can create climates that make church growth more conducive, but ultimately it’s God who adds the increase.”

Watch the video at … http://www.churchcentral.com/videos/dewey-smiths-personal-story-of-his-challenging-pastoral-transition/

 

DMIN & New Fox Talk Show w/ Atlanta Pastor Dr. Dewey Smith

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel (6/27/16): My Doctor of Ministry students and I enjoyed an anointed time time of fellowship as well as  tremendous hospitality at House of Hope Church (also known as Greater Travelers Rest Church) in Atlanta Georgia last weekend. The pastor, Dr. E. Dewey Smith invited me and one of our students to greet the megachurch audience. Dr. Smith and I have had a great friendship and he shared that he will be participating in a new Fox TV discussion show similar to The View. Called “The Preachers” here’s a clip to introduce you as God expands the ministry of House of Hope Church.

 

Here is the press release:

Press Release
FOX TELEVISION STATIONS AND WARNER BROS. DOMESTIC TELEVISION
DISTRIBUTION PARTNER FOR SUMMER PREVIEW OF
“THE PREACHERS,” FROM TELEPICTURES

Co-Creator and Longtime Former Executive Producer of “The View”
Bill Geddie to Helm Preview Which Debuts July 11

May 2, 2016 – Los Angeles – Daytime TV is about to get uplifted this summer. FOX Television Stations and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will debut a three-week daily preview of “The Preachers,” an all-new take on the popular panel talk show format from Telepictures Productions that features four dynamic and outspoken preachers who are known for their electrifying and unique takes on pop culture, news events and spirituality. The series will premiere July 11 on FOX-owned stations in New York and Los Angeles, with additional select stations and markets to be announced in the future. The announcement was made jointly today by Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming, FOX Television Stations, and Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

“The Preachers” will be executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Bill Geddie, marking the return to daytime TV for the co-creator and longtime executive producer of “The View” for 17 seasons. Jeff Gaspin and Andrew Glassman will also serve as executive producers. The show will be produced by Telepictures.

“After ‘The View,’ I figured I’d never do another panel show, but these preachers knocked me off my feet,” said Geddie. “They’re not just another set of talking heads yakking about the events of the day; they bring real-world experience as pastors and counselors. They have a unique spiritual take on things, and they’re funny as hell…I mean, heck!”

“The Preachers” will be hosted by:

· John Gray, a gifted musician and Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen;

· Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., Senior Pastor/Teacher at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon (GA), whose television broadcasts and media ministries are viewed by millions around the world;

· Orrick Quick, Pastor and Founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, NC, a passionate advocate of outreach ministry to serve his community;

· Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor and Founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, known for his vocal and empowering stance on political and socio-economic issues.

The show will be a fun and energetic hour with moments of true inspiration. Collectively, the preachers have counseled thousands of people throughout America. Now it’s their turn to bring usable information, up-lifting inspiration and actionable motivation to television audiences everywhere.

Cicha stated, “Our last preview with a preacher went so well, doing one with four seemed like a no-brainer.”

“We are thrilled to continue our ongoing relationship with FOX. This latest endeavor features new faces and fresh voices with a unique point of view that is currently not on TV,” said Werner.

“Religions vary, but we are all people and we all need hope,” said “The Preachers” co-hosts. “Hope is what we will bring you each and every day on this show, along with the ability to help and empower those in your life.”
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WBTV Contact: Scott Rowe 818-954-5806

UNITY & A Leadership Exercise to Design Unity Celebrations for the Multi-venue Church

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 12/4/15.

A tactic of a leadership collage should be to minister to as many cultures (generational, ethnic, affinity, etc.) as feasible.  But, you should likewise have a plan for unity services as a tactic of your leadership collage.

But, here is a warning.  Unity services should not be about the event, but about the effect … of helping congregants appreciate that we are different generations with different cultural tastes.  Thus, don’t have a unity service or unity event because you have a low-attendance Sunday coming up, but host a unity event so you can help the congregation appreciate all of the cultures present in the church.

Some churches have a combined unity service on every the Fifth Sunday.  Others like Saint Thomas’ Church of Sheffield, England had a weekly Sunday Evening Service which is a unity encounter for its nine (9) different cultures.  I suggest if you have two or more worship services, you have a unity event at least once every three months.

So, how do you plan to do it?

A Leadership Exercise:

First, settle on the right goal. A unity event is not about combining services for a low-attendance Sunday (holiday weekends) but about “helping congregants appreciate that we are different generations with different cultural taste.”

Secondly, do some research on what others have done to create unity celebrations.  Use the Internet, your network of friends or just brainstorm with colleagues.  Here is a link to the story of St. Tom’s Church in Sheffield, England and my experience at their Sunday evening unity events.

Thirdly, create a plan.  Share with other leaders some ideas about how you will, or have seen others create real unity events, where people see the differences in cultures … and then come to appreciate each culture more. Make a personal plan from this.

Some of you may have seen how Greater Traveler’s Rest Church in Georgia famously held a unity service every Thanksgiving season to celebrate their different generational cultures.  Because they used secular music, the pastor (a friend of mine) received threatening letters. Thus, the video I formerly posted here is gone.

But, below is a URL of a video of the entire service, showing how one church does it.  Greater Traveler’s Rest Church is an African-American church and they were influenced by a colleague of mine:

So create a plan regarding how your church could localize and customize a “unity” experience that would be appropriate for your culture.  It probably wouldn’t happen like the video in your church, but it might in some 🙂  If you need a little shot of enthusiasm as you near the end of your course, you may want to watch the video again 🙂

UNITY & Celebration of 4 Generations at Greater Travelers Rest Church w/ Dr. Dewey Smith

Church Anniversary Dance (Celebration of 4 Generations at Greater Travelers Rest Church with Dr. Dewey Smith) Celebrating 132 Years of Ministry at The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church.

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An earlier video has been available here … http://www.blackbottom.com/watch.php?v=BdXxuqt6rtt