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Discernment


Discerning in Community

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Discernment


Discerning in Community

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.
— Matthew 18:18-20
 

Teaching the Word Ministries (TTWM) embraces a presence-based discernment process as the posture from which we approach all relationships, partnerships and client interests.   As the above text teaches, the Church in all its dimensions (local churches, businesses, families, non-profit ministries, etc.) is made to be a discerning body, releasing and loosing the heart and mind of Christ.  When brothers and sisters in Christ agree that Christ is not only present, but also central, they receive the ability to walk in the wisdom and will of God.  Discernment is an extension of grace that allows believers to confidently make decisions that are aligned with God and then walk in their purpose, vision and mission because it is a purpose, vision and mission that is the wisdom of God.

 
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Shaping Culture


Shaping Culture

Shaping Culture


Shaping Culture

 

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From this presence-based posture, the essence of the work of TTWM is assisting organizations in the creation of healthier leadership cultures, specifically in churches, non-profit groups, and businesses.  Wherever an organization is on the trajectory of its purpose, vision and mission, whatever challenges it has been facing or is going to face, however healthy or dysfunctional the current leadership environment may be, we delight in coming alongside and strengthening the leaders in those environments to be more who God has designed and called them to be.

TTWM views leadership as influence that shapes culture -- the shared attitudes, values, goals and practices of an organization or group.  An organization that was birthed in strong purpose and mission can find itself experiencing all kinds of purpose and mission drift because the culture that was needed to maintain the focus on purpose and mission was not nurtured and purposefully grown.  Instead, other cultures can form as the assumptions and norms of individual leaders come into play with one another, sometimes for great health and well-being for the organization, and sometimes for deep conflict and negative engagement.

 
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Growing Leaders


Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders


Growing Leaders

 

As an outside team coming alongside leadership teams of churches, non-profits and businesses, TTWM offers objectivity, experience, wisdom and foundational insight that nurtures individual leaders and teams of leaders by diving deep into their leadership culture(s) – specifically minding the inherent assumptions and values – and bringing the presence and wisdom of Christ and His Word to the center. 


Typically, this nurturing and strengthening of leaders and leadership teams takes the shape of one or more of these dynamics:

Fundamental change, foundation building, and organic health happen on a truth level.  TTWM offers sound perspective and creative ways of thinking with God about the Scriptures. This includes models for leadership, paradigms for growth, nurturing intimate connections with God, foundational kingdom principles, and unique perspectives for navigating oft-encountered roadblocks.

Fundamental change, foundation building, and organic health happen on a truth level.  TTWM offers sound perspective and creative ways of thinking with God about the Scriptures. This includes models for leadership, paradigms for growth, nurturing intimate connections with God, foundational kingdom principles, and unique perspectives for navigating oft-encountered roadblocks.

The whole idea of the way spiritual life flows to leaders is person to person. Reading books, working through school, and attending conferences can be good, but biblical and Spirit-led mentoring primarily happens today the same as it did two thousand years ago: life-on-life. Leaders need to be poured into not primarily by a screen or a book, but by a person.  TTWM serves its clients with a transformative approach, where mentoring and education is not strictly based on scholastic or professionalized structures, but in real-time relationship and discipleship of leaders.

The whole idea of the way spiritual life flows to leaders is person to person. Reading books, working through school, and attending conferences can be good, but biblical and Spirit-led mentoring primarily happens today the same as it did two thousand years ago: life-on-life. Leaders need to be poured into not primarily by a screen or a book, but by a person.  TTWM serves its clients with a transformative approach, where mentoring and education is not strictly based on scholastic or professionalized structures, but in real-time relationship and discipleship of leaders.

Most humans are terrified of conflict, but when conflict happens, it generally births change. Conflict is not something to be afraid of, nor is it something to be haphazardly created. However, if conflict is appropriately embraced when it does show up, it can be a significant force for positive spiritual change.  TTWM seeks to minister person to person in these places of conflict, listening to God's wisdom from a perspective outside of those directly involved, and discerning what God is trying to communicate through the situation so that the fruit of change through conflict will be healthy and not destructive.

Most humans are terrified of conflict, but when conflict happens, it generally births change. Conflict is not something to be afraid of, nor is it something to be haphazardly created. However, if conflict is appropriately embraced when it does show up, it can be a significant force for positive spiritual change.  TTWM seeks to minister person to person in these places of conflict, listening to God's wisdom from a perspective outside of those directly involved, and discerning what God is trying to communicate through the situation so that the fruit of change through conflict will be healthy and not destructive.

God has a calling and a purpose for each local congregation in the Body of Christ. It's easy to lose grace-filled objectivity when leaders are so invested in the congregation right in front of them. Similar to the way that marriage can benefit by input from a caring eye looking on, it is helpful to have outside eyes on a congregation to help maintain health and perspective.  TTWM comes alongside local congregations to bring that perspective and wisdom. We enjoy assisting churches in uncovering, recovering, discovering and growing in their unique calling, and we also seek to discover how that calling interfaces with the broader kingdom of God in that local congregation’s region.

God has a calling and a purpose for each local congregation in the Body of Christ. It's easy to lose grace-filled objectivity when leaders are so invested in the congregation right in front of them. Similar to the way that marriage can benefit by input from a caring eye looking on, it is helpful to have outside eyes on a congregation to help maintain health and perspective.  TTWM comes alongside local congregations to bring that perspective and wisdom. We enjoy assisting churches in uncovering, recovering, discovering and growing in their unique calling, and we also seek to discover how that calling interfaces with the broader kingdom of God in that local congregation’s region.

TTWM has years of experience walking with businesses in the creation of healthier leadership cultures, as well as analysis and improvement of overall organizational health.  Through specific application of redemptive business principles such as honor, presence, stewardship, focus, shepherding and growth, God has used TTWM to strengthen the leadership cultures of various businesses.  Strategic planning in the business environment is another point of service we offer to businesses of various purpose, size and structure.

TTWM has years of experience walking with businesses in the creation of healthier leadership cultures, as well as analysis and improvement of overall organizational health.  Through specific application of redemptive business principles such as honor, presence, stewardship, focus, shepherding and growth, God has used TTWM to strengthen the leadership cultures of various businesses.  Strategic planning in the business environment is another point of service we offer to businesses of various purpose, size and structure.


Anticipated outcomes of engaging TTWM’s services may include:

  • the confidence and grace of Christ-centered discernment guiding your decision-making

  • mutual honor among leaders who have listened to one another in a spirit of “toward-ness”

  • a stronger sense of oneness among the leadership of your church, non-profit or business

  • a solid plan based in the wisdom of God for moving forward as an organization

  • deeper biblical awareness of purpose, vision and mission

  • impartation of and training in core biblical leadership principles

  • accountable practice of goals leading to a healthier leadership culture


For more information about the work of TTWM, including how you can partner with us or enlist our services, please email or call.