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Gordon-Conwell Program Director Receives Discernment Leadership Initiative Award

June 3, 2009

Rev. Dr. Stephen Macchia, Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, recently received a Discernment Leadership Initiative Award from George Fox University’s Spiritual Discernment as Christian Leadership Initiative.

A total of 15 such awards were given to pastoral, educational and denominational/organizational leaders throughout the United States. The purpose of the awards is to provide a small grant to support the gathering of local groups of church leaders for regular discussions, helping pastors and administrators explore how to lead in unity rather than division.

Each grant recipient has the responsibility to attend an all-expenses-paid conference in June and a consultation in October, as well as to gather together local leaders throughout the summer and fall of 2009 for discussions on the subject of spiritual discernment. All recipients will share their findings with one another as a collaborative effort, in hopes of raising awareness of all that spiritual discernment entails for individuals, ministry teams, educational institutions and congregations. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Macchia will present a workshop on Spiritual Discernment at the June conference.

The Spiritual Discernment as Christian Leadership Initiative is funded by a Lily Foundation Grant. The stated goal of the initiative is “to help Christian leaders gain a vision of how important decisions in the church can be approached spiritually and non-divisively by means of helping others attend, discern, and mind the leadership of Christ through the Holy Spirit in the church.”

Rev. Dr. Stephen Macchia, in addition to his role at Gordon-Conwell, is Founding President of Leadership Transformations, Inc., a ministry devoted to developing leadership in church and parachurch ministry settings with an emphasis on the spiritual formation of leaders and teams. He previously served on the pastoral staff of Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA, and as President of Vision New England, and he previously served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is the author of five books, including Becoming A Healthy Church, Becoming A Healthy Disciple and Becoming A Healthy Team. He received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell, where he also received a distinguished alumni award in 2000.

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