When I pulled into the parking lot of the First Church of God Miamisburg, I did not know what to expect. It had been more than a decade since I had been on their church campus. What I found surprised. It surprised me in a good way.

Pastor Roy Maxwell had pulled together a meeting that would include his staff, board, and ministry council. The purpose of the conversation was clear—was the Miamisburg Church ready for a church consultation that had been gifted to them at the June Champions banquet in Oklahoma City? More importantly than answering this crucial question was did they have a “whatever it takes attitude” to navigate the waters of change and transformation that often come after a consultation weekend.

What was discovered over the course of the evening was not only did this group possess a desire to do whatever it might take to more effective impact and reach their community, but they had also done some hard work already. They had successfully navigated the rough waters of helping the old guard to relinquish control, they had updated much the inside of their facility, and they were actively engaging some big needs in their city.

What this group was now desperately looking for was a few more tools to go to the next level of building safe ministry environments they can use to connect their fiends and city to Jesus. They are uniquely positioned to make the courageous decisions and changes necessary to start a new life cycle for their church.

It is exciting to look into the future of the Miamisburg Church as they, along with HGC’s help, begin to discern what the next chapter of their story looks like.

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