You are invited to share in our New Day spiritual transformation process for congregational leaders. Just look at this team of wonderful leaders. Please follow the links on our cciwdisciples website to register for the retreat April 22-25.
Dick is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served congregations for 25 years in Indiana, Kansas and Missouri. He has served in rural, exurban, urban and suburban settings and has been an associate minister, founding pastor of a new church, and senior minister of a multiple staff. Dick served as Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tennessee (1990-1993. He served as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada from 1993 to 2003. He served from 2007 – 2012 as the first Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA, a new and very broad ecumenical organization that includes 36 communions from five “families.” Dick is the author of three books, 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and From Mainline to Front Line and Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Post-Modern Age. Dick has written and spoken extensively on the subject of church renewal and transformation and coaches and consults with congregations, middle judicatories, denominational agencies and other church organizations. Dick is a Ministry Partner of The Columbia Partnership www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org . Dick is also part of an interfaith effort to improve relations between Pakistan and the United States, sponsored by Intersections (a ministry of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City). As part of this effort he has traveled in Oman and Pakistan. He is married to Mindy. They have two adult children and five grandchildren.
Al is an Episcopal priest and spiritual director. He has served in parishes in New Jersey and New York and as assistant to the bishop in the diocese of Rochester, NY. Prior to his career in ordained ministry, he was in creative and management positions in advertising and business communications. A native of the Chicago area, he has lived in St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN, Madison, NJ and currently resides in Canandaigua, NY, in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
Al is a retreat and pilgrimage leader and has taught workshops in Spiritual Direction, Journaling, Contemplative Prayer and Praying with Icons. He serves as an adjunct faculty member and is President of the Board for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC.
Kris sums her Life Mission Statement in three words: Equip, Empower, and Encourage. For nearly thirty years she has done just that, working first with ministers and then with congregations and denominational leaders. Kris is passionate about evangelism and the potential of congregations, and she brings to her work a commitment to help congregations and their leaders be sustainably effective and effectively sustainable.
Kris is a trained Spiritual Director and Coach and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher who works from a holistic perspective that focuses on the interconnection of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit and its necessity for healthy and spiritually mature leaders. She is also a certified Bridges Transitions Trainer/Facilitator and is the Senior Strategist and Coach for the Effective Church Group, working with congregations and denominational bodies to map and navigate through changes and transitions. She’s the author of Top Ten Ways to Defuse Your Congregational Time Bombs, The Reach and Serve Plan, IF ONLY, Set Aside: A Guide for Congregations Who Have to Make Tough Decisions, The Shalom Experience, and numerous devotional guides.
Kris and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian, live in Columbia, MO with their four Old English Sheepdogs. In their spare time, they enjoy going to movies, talking about their latest writing endeavors, and spending time talking “Church.”