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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.

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.

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2019 speakers


Jim Powell

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.


Kelly Legg

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.

Mental Health
First Aid Training

requires separate registration and lodging*

September 29-30, 2019
Ross Point Camp | Post Falls, ID

Sunday: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (PST)
Monday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST)

Every day the news carries another story about the rising rate of youth suicides. Drug and alcohol abuse continues to increase. As a church leader do you know how to respond if someone you know seems to be suicidal or showing signs of substance abuse?

Responding to these challenges Pastor Corey Laughary from Palouse, WA is offering training in Mental Health First Aid.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, mental health firstaid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the mental health first aid course, participants will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

The cost for this training is subsidized thanks to the generous support of Palouse Federated Church, the Palouse Lions Club, individual donors and a grant from the INNOVIA Foundation's new Life on the Palouse Grant Program.

Cost: $75 (CLASS VALUE IS $170+)
includes workbook, dinner Sunday, and breakfast Monday

*registration and lodging for the pre-conference is separate
from the Leadership Tune-Up Registration and lodging

Recordings from Previous Leadership Tune-Up Sessions

2016 Leadership Tune-Up Pictures