The Body of Christ. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:20-23
It was he (Christ) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Question: Are we there yet?
A Missing Ingredient
The world misses the gospel because it fails to show up in how we talk and listen to each other when we are not at church and sometimes even when we are!
Equipped Leadership. The best leaders naturally have ways to communicate and negotiate change even in the face of opposition. This ability is difficult to replicate and reproduce among the team and throughout the organization. The mission freezes up when teams are unable to communicate through issues without strife. Even the best leaders struggle when faced with exceptional communication challenges. Almost everyone can think of a strong church or ministry that was forced to restructure or downsize because of irreconcilable differences between top level leaders. All of us face communication challenges every day.
Question: Are we equipping ourselves and others with the communication tools to face these challenges?
One thing we know. Communication is the most fundamental thing we do to fulfill the mission of Christ. Everything we do requires equipping in communication. Whether it is leadership, pastoring, preaching, teaching, team building, ministry, missions, evangelism, counseling, conflict resolution, management, marriage, family, parenting, or just friendship, all these activities depend on communication.
If we fail here, we fail everywhere. If we succeed here, we can succeed everywhere else. The bible itself tells us communication is the key.
Equipping in Communication. Christian leaders need to be equipped to communicate under pressure and in the midst of conflict. ITI Christian Communication aims to equip Christian leaders to learn, practice, and pass on effective communication and negotiation skills so we may grow the body of Christ one truth in love conversation at a time.
"Growing Christ's body one conversation at a time."
The Conversation. The most basic fundamental act in the making of disciples is "the conversation." Not the just conversations that take place in classes and studies, but the conversations that occur in kitchens, foyers, parks, cars, and in parking lots, in business meetings, at games and golf courses, while shopping, while watching TV, but especially when facing problems, difficulties, and conflict. This is where the magic happens. If we have the understanding and skill to have the kinds of conversations that reflect Christ and His Spirit. Paul says,Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Question: Are you equipped to communicate? Are you equipped to equip others to communicate?
What We Offer
We equip Christian leaders with Christ-centered strategies and skills to . . .
- Communicate in the midst of high change and high impact environments
- Negotiate the radical change essential to make disciples and grow the church today
- Build and restore consensus and unity when change sparks division and polarization
- Safely merge groups and combine ministries when missional aims and priorities align
- Gracefully separate groups and dissolve working relationships when missional aims priorities reach irreconcilable impasse
We also provide Christ-centered third-party assistance to Christian groups who need to . . .
- Initiate complicated or sensitive organizational change
- Negotiate and resolve issues creating impasse and division
- Restore vital working relationships between team members
- Acquire neutral third-party support in matters involving leadership failure