Retool Kit News & Training Update

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

Over and over again, we hear of the impact Retool is having on churches, both healthy and struggling.  Just recently, Gary was meeting with an area district executive over breakfast who told him of a church that, prior to Retool, was a candidate for closure.  However, by guiding the church through the pathway, and involving an interim pastor who knew how to utilize the principles involved in Retool, the church is now thriving.  He said, “They just baptized 7 more people and they are literally busting at the seams.”  And this is in a small, rural town!

Recently, an independent study of Retool was conducted as part of a Master’s student’s thesis at Crown College.  We were heartened as we read it, especially considering we have yet to meet its author!  Consider just the following two observations he drew in his research:

  • The time is ripe for Retool to assist the local church in reversing the current tides of flat attendance, pastoral burnout and cultural irrelevancy.
  • Community service and involvement was seen as the most exciting result of Retool… It can be said that Retool has had positive impact on the churches that participated in Retool Kit Pathway.  The makeup of the leadership teams in general getting younger, and seeing more involvement by attendees that in the past were uninvolved.  Another positive and also long term impact on the church is that with Retool, 67% agreed they have changed their approach in identifying potential leaders and 83% said they are now prioritizing leadership development.  Interestingly, the same percentage acknowledged an increase in membership in their churches.


The secret of Retool is that it gets a church and its people all moving in the same direction while creating time and space for God to work in their hearts.  Couple this with a solid understanding of the needs of the community the church serves, and structured plans to meet those needs, and the result is Kingdom impact.

But getting the maximum impact from the Retool Kit Pathway requires trained and supported coaches, and our September 5-7 training at the Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, WI is the best place to start.  It’s a two-track event, one for each part of the Retool Kit.  Track 1 covers Retreats 1-3; new coaches can come and get all they need to know to start a church in Retool this fall or winter.  Coming back a second time for Track 2 (Retreats 4-6) will help them master the implementation phase of Retool and complete their skill set.

So, who is this event for?  1) Denominational executives who have heard about Retool and want to learn how to begin and sustain a movement of mobilization in their district or region; 2) first-time coaches just beginning, and coaches entering the second year of the pathway; 3) finally, coaches who just want to learn the latest developments in Retool, and sharpen their skills.

It probably makes bad business sense to work yourself out of a job, but that really is at the heart of our Retool movement!  We want to equip districts and regions with tools, support and guidance so that after two years, they have the basics of a self-sustaining movement that provides real help to established churches.  Denominations often place great emphasis on, and resources behind the planting of new churches;  we need to start all the new, effective congregations we can!  However, we find the solutions offered to help established churches regain or maintain Kingdom-effectiveness are more sporadic or less focused.  We want to partner with districts and regions that desire to change that reality.

So, what do you need to do? Go to Retool Kit Pathway Coaches’ Corner, download the pdf of information and follow the onsite registration information.  Registration forms, along with payment, are due no later than Friday, August 17th, 2012.  If you have questions, please call Gary (715.551-6788) or Ray (224.622-0442). While you’re on the website, check out some of the pastoral renewal solutions we offer at Pinnacle Ministries.  After all, the church is a system comprised of pastors, leaders and people, and all need to be effective for the church to have its greatest impact.