The RETOOL KIT PATHWAY is the product of several components:
- The church Retool Kit – Ten lessons from the Book of Acts, written by Dr. Jerry Sheveland, President of Converge Worldwide (BGC). Dr. Sheveland’s biblical studies and permission and encouragement to develop the pathway contained in these materials were foundational and indispensable.
- Pinnacle Ministries – The commitment of Gary Harrison and the staff of Pinnacle Ministries in the development and piloting of the pathway in various churches has been critical to its completion in the present form.
- Coaches – Pastors and leaders who have been trained and deployed to come alongside local churches and guide them through the pathway have contributed greatly to those churches and to the movement as a whole.
- Churches of all sizes, types and locations have completed the pathway and are on the journey of being a mobilized church.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Raymond Swatkowski is Executive Director of Church Mobilization for Converge Worldwide (BGC), an organization committed to being a catalyst for regional movements of churches reproducing disciples, leaders and congregations. A graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (B.A.) and Trinity University (M. Div.), he has served as a church planter, pastor, missionary to France and executive vice president of a denomination. A passion for local churches to be biblical in their nature and intentional in reaching their community led to his giving direction to the development of the Retool Kit Pathway. Ray has coached churches of various sizes and locations through the Retool Kit Path- way and integrated his experiences and their input into this finished form. He and his wife Kay reside in Antioch, Ill., and have four children and three grandchildren.
Gary Harrison is President of Pinnacle Ministries, a mission committed to “Healthy Pastors, Healthy Leaders, Leading Healthy Churches.” In that capacity he has worked with pastors and churches throughout the country. He has served as a pastor for more than twenty years and as a denominational executive for six (Director of Pastoral and ChurchResources for the Great Lakes Baptist Conference). Through Pinnacle’s partnership with Converge Worldwide, he also serves as their Director of Mobilization and Pastoral Enrichment. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (Evangelism/Pastoral) and Trinity University (Communications). Gary has coached many churches in renewal processes and has taken additional specialized training in leadership development and in conflict mediation. Pinnacle also has a retreat center (Shalom House) for pastoral families needing refreshment and renewal or help during times of transition. He is married to Marie, who is a partner in his work at Pinnacle. Gary and Marie live in central Wisconsin, have been married for more than thirty years and have a wonderful cat (Sanborn).