Leadership Tune-Up is the annual, all Region training event for Mission Northwest pastors, ministry staff and key church leaders. This gathering seeks to train and encourage pastors in the challenge of shepherding 21st century, mission-focused congregations. Although the Tune-Up is primarily focused on pastors, staff and key lay leaders will also benefit.
The culture of a church, more than any other factor, determines its well-being and its success in mission. Church cultures may be of the unhealthy variety: toxic, inward-focused, passive-aggressive, for starters. Or, church cultures may be vibrant, healthy, creative and full of the joy of Jesus Christ. So much depends on the values the church embraces and nurtures. Just as soil needs cultivation to produce healthy growth so do churches. This year’s Leadership Tune-Up will focus on cultivating healthy, Christ-centered church cultures. Plan to join this year’s gathering as the speakers, workshops, roundtables, informal conversations and worship gatherings all help us lean into this important topic of discussion, learning and application. This year's plenary speakers are Jim Powell and Kelly Legg.
Jim Powell is the Lead Pastor of Palm West Community Church in Sun City West, Arizona. Previously he was the Lead Pastor of Richwoods Christian Church in Peoria, Illinois for the past 21 years. He was the founding director of 95network—a nonprofit organization focused on encouraging and equipping the 95 percent of congregations in America that are under 800 in size.
Jim graduated and B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from Quincy University followed by a M.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two boys, Timothy (18) and Trevor (14). They enjoy life in Arizona with their English Mastiff, Thor. Jim is a sports fan who follows the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Jim is the author of Dirt Matters: The Foundation for a Healthy, Vibrant, and Effective Congregation and is regularly requested as a speaker at events and conferences. He has been featured in Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Guideposts, Outreach Magazine, and Christian Standard.
Rev. Kelly Legg serves as senior pastor of the West Shore Baptist Church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and presently resides in the greater-Harrisburg area. Kelly grew up in West Virginia and participated in American Baptist life from birth. She earned an undergraduate degree at Washington & Lee University and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The real learning, though, came elsewhere. She learned the power of listening to peoples’ stories through working at a domestic violence shelter in college, the Kingdom potential of a tiny church that says “yes” to Jesus’ huge call while serving as an associate pastor in seminary, and the joyous difficulty of championing purposeful change in a conflict-ridden church as a solo pastor.