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Issue 11: July 2020

NEWS FROM CINCINNATI

Where will you find future leaders for your church? Every Christian church leader should be asking this important question. But many aren’t.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Shawn McMullen, and I have been involved in the Christian Church Leadership Foundation (CCLF) since its beginning. After Cincinnati Christian University (my alma mater) announced it would be closing, Central Christian College of the Bible stepped in to continue the legacy of ministry education in the Cincinnati area. From the moment I heard the vision for this foundation, I was excited about its potential to provide a new model of ministry education for the 21st Century. That’s why I agreed to serve as one of the founding trustees when the organization was incorporated in December 2019.

After my time as editor of The Lookout magazine ended, I resigned as a Trustee on March 31 and began a new role with CCLF as Vice President of Partner Relations. I’m grateful for the opportunity and honored to serve in this capacity. It was been my privilege to serve this promising ministry in its earliest stage. Now, I want to do my part to continue this good work. To produce the next generation of ministers and strengthen the identity and effectiveness of Christian churches, CCLF is operating some important ministry enterprises to benefit the church: the Russell School of Ministry (www.RSMinistry.org), the CCLNetwork (www.CCL.network), and a library to provide resources needed for leadership training.

After temporarily operating on the campus of CCU, we have found a facility. Starting in July, we will lease space to train Christian church leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area at what will be known as the Christian Church Leadership (CCL) Center. This former branch campus of a national university, located in Florence, Kentucky, features over 14,000 square feet of space. The CCL Center will be a regional and national resource where multiple ministries that strengthen churches and leaders can engage with their friends and constituents.

Though this location is very affordable compared to other options, moving forward with the CCL Center is still a step of faith. But I believe that those who hear about this opportunity will want to support this vital work and make it possible. Providentially, most of the necessary furniture and technology is already in place to operate. And most of the facility is already configured properly. Only a few specific things are still needed to meet the unique needs of training church leaders.

Even with the closure of a college that provided ministry education for the past 95 years, there is an opportunity to move forward. You and I can be part of something that will train future church leaders to be grounded in the Word, committed to holiness and integrity, and faithful to the Restoration Plea. That’s why I hope you will pray for and support the work of the CCL Center in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Shawn McMullen has a great passion for continuing the legacy of ministry education in Cincinnati. He brings varied experiences, vast relationships, and an outstanding reputation to his work with the CCLF. As VP of Partner Relations, Shawn McMullen serves as our local site director and will also teach a course.

In the coming weeks, Shawn will be contacting ministers and churches to share the vision of CCLF, report on its progress, and explore ministry partnerships. Feel free to contact Shawn by email (shawn.mcmullen@ccleadership.org) or phone (513-273-1099) to ask questions and learn how you can partner with the Christian Church Leadership Foundation in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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CCL NETWORK OPPORTUNITIES

The Christian Church Leadership Network believes in advancing the health, vitality, and growth of the church and its leaders by providing biblical training, coaching, and consulting. As part of their service to church leaders, the CCL Network has several services for you to use.

Your church can become a member of the network for free. Simply go online to www.CCL.network and choose the free membership. You will have access to a Church Health Assessment, Safety Net for your minister, the Christian Church Directory, a Job Board, the Ministerial Emergency Fund, Online Generosity Resources, and Ministry Roundtables. There’s no annual cost to be a network member.

To become a Network+ member, you pay an annual or monthly fee, based on the size of the congregation. That includes free attendance at events, online toolboxes with personalized coaching, and discounted specialized services from nationally-recognized coaches. Select the plan that is right for your church and help your church survive and thrive!

CCL NETWORK OPPORTUNITIES

The Christian Church Leadership Network believes in advancing the health, vitality, and growth of the church and its leaders by providing biblical training, coaching, and consulting. As part of their service to church leaders, the CCL Network has several services for you to use.

Your church can become a member of the network for free. Simply go online to www.CCL.network and choose the free membership. You will have access to a Church Health Assessment, Safety Net for your minister, the Christian Church Directory, a Job Board, the Ministerial Emergency Fund, Online Generosity Resources, and Ministry Roundtables. There’s no annual cost to be a network member.

To become a Network+ member, you pay an annual or monthly fee, based on the size of the congregation. That includes free attendance at events, online toolboxes with personalized coaching, and discounted specialized services from nationally-recognized coaches. Select the plan that is right for your church and help your church survive and thrive!

CCCB EXTENSION SITE UPDATE

Central was approved by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to open an extension site in the Cincinnati area. To begin operating, necessary paperwork must be approved by the states of Kentucky and Missouri. After receiving those approvals, classroom courses that apply to an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree will be offered by CCCB.

Bible classes will be offered by Central at the Christian Church Leadership Center, in conjunction with the other ministries that will be operating there. Students in the Cincinnati area will participate in partnership experiences with a variety of ministries and schools to help with their ministry preparation.

Much of the content will be delivered through online education. Please pray for the work of gaining approval to operate, recruiting students to enroll, and teaching God’s word to future ministry leaders in the Cincinnati area.

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