Flying the Coop

by | Apr 4, 2017 | 8 comments

fly the coopAs we approach Easter Sunday, I have some rather personal good news to share with you.  Rebekah Simon-Peter Coaching and Consulting Inc. is flying the coop!  Let me explain.
Ten years ago, after having served 3 United Methodist congregations, I completed my call to local church ministry.  With God’s help and my husband’s affirmation, I launched BridgeWorks on January 1, 2007.  As the name suggests, this extension ministry was designed to be a national teaching ministry that built bridges of understanding and shaped larger conversations in the church.
I started by offering creation care workshops, and helped people make the connection between science and scripture.  My books, Green Church:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church, came out in 2010.  At the same time, I developed workshops along the theme of Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes.  In 2013, my book The Jew Named Jesus:  Discover the Man and His Message came out.  I traveled all over the Rocky Mountain west and points beyond, leading workshops and retreats, giving keynotes, and sitting on panels.  People were hungry to learn more.
I sensed another hunger too.  The desire for the church to thrive once again, to find its way.
Since 2011 I have been intensively developing a program called Creating a Culture of Renewal.  It’s a 3-year process that’s designed to interrupt church decline and increase church vitality.  Based in emotional intelligence, it’s coupled with the power of vision.  And it works!  I have since written 3 workbooks that support the process.   More travel, more workshops and retreats, my blog carried on Ministry Matters, and now weekly webinars and coaching.
In January 2016, I changed the name of my enterprise to Rebekah Simon-Peter Coaching and Consulting Inc.  My work now focuses on transforming church leaders and the congregations they serve.
At a time when church life is somewhat tenuous, it’s an honor to be thriving. It says to me that these conversations matter.  People care about connecting larger ideas with daily faith.  People care about getting along.  Mostly people care about the Kingdom, about Jesus and his love.  They don’t want to see his message die out.
For most of the last 10 years, my office has been a spare bedroom in our home.    Soon after the talented and hard-working Ann Miller came on board, we expanded to two spare bedrooms.  When my husband Jerry got laid off one year ago, he got creative.  He started his own ministry venture, Hope Investments, and the dining room table became his office.  Overflow got stored in the garage and a spare bathroom.  There’s not much of the house left!  We are bulging at the seams.
Later this month, we’ll be moving to a suite of new offices in downtown Casper.  Details forthcoming.  I couldn’t be more excited.  At the same time, we continue to train new faculty to co-lead Culture of Renewal groups.  We’re spreading from 12-person cohorts in Wyoming to New Mexico to North Carolina to New England to Iowa! I’m also working on some new leadership books.  It’s really fun to be part of something that is growing and gaining steam.
I am filled with thanks to God, for sure.  Nothing happens without Divine Guidance.  But I’m equally thankful for you. I know that without you I wouldn’t be able to live out my calling.  So, thanks for reading my books, hosting and attending workshops, joining groups, launching cohorts, trying something new!  Most of all, thanks for engaging in new conversations with us.  It has been a grand adventure so far.
We’ve come this far together.  Would you go the next step with us?  We’d love your feedback on the Infographic we are developing.  We want it to tell the story of Creating a Culture of Renewal at a glance.  We’re in the first stages of design.  Tell us what you like about it and what you don’t.
Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!  And here’s to renewal–at every level.

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  1. Claire Phillips

    Hi Rebekah, I really like the Infographic but I’m not crazy about the color for track 3. I realize you are trying for “bread” color but that one doesn’t do anything for me. I can’t decide if it needs more brown or more of a green tone but the current color doesn’t say “renewal” to me. But – that’s just my opinion. I’m sure there are others who think it fits well. 🙂
    Congrats on your upcoming move. You must be excited to finally fly the coop and regain some of your home space!

    • Jeanie

      I agree with you about the color scheme. Very little about it suggests green and growing, new life or joy.

  2. Bonnie

    Congratulations on the move, I’ve been following you since a workshop at FUMC,, during Easter time. My eyes were opened ! I cannot comment on the Infographic but I’ll watch for updates. Keep up the good news, I enjoy reading your e-mails, best wishes on your move.
    Blessings, Bonnie

  3. Dave Earnshaw

    First congrats on your move. I am glad to see you thriving. Second, At FUMC, Laramie, We have finally decided to change out our flourescent fixtures with LEDs. Methadist Men is doing the work. We will save 2/3 of our use on electricity for every fixture we convert. Third, I haven’t really been paying enough attention to your offerings and am very interested in church renewal. I will explore some more to find out how i can become involved, either individually or as part of a local church training.

    • Rebekah Simon-Peter

      Dave, please check out to see how you can participate in an upcoming group. Would love to have you!

  4. Jeanie

    Knowing absolutely nothing…Why are all the questions about how I lead…is it primarily directed at pastors or individuals? Why not about how WE lead to make it more community oriented?

  5. Lesley Matschke

    CONGRATULATIONS, Rebekah! Such good news is always welcomed! Blessings on you and your work which touches so many lives! Pastor Lesley

  6. mom

    … From afar ….always enjoy your posts and grateful to be fed, encouraged and challenged by them … and how wonderful that the ministry is growing! rich blessings on this new development …
    Whilst the infographic pic depicts feeding (the teaching part of your ministry) the text and graphic are not so obviously complimentary to re-enforce the concept of the text. Hope you settle on something you are happy with as you move forward … Have a blessed Eastertide.
    Lynda South Africa


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