About Made to Flourish – A letter from Tom Nelson

Why you should join this network:

It is my joy to welcome you to the Made to Flourish pastors’ network. Like many stories, the Made to Flourish story, though not beginning anew, is entering a new and exciting chapter of national reach and cultural impact. I am grateful for the important foundation laid in the past few years by thought leaders in the broader faith, work and economics conversation. Many of them are dear friends and collaborative partners in a mission worthy of our highest affections and most devoted commitment.

I am also delighted for the privilege of serving with my trusted friend and gifted colleague Matt Rusten, who provides integral leadership as executive director of Made to Flourish. The very heartbeat of our mission is to come alongside pastors, and the local churches they serve, to encourage and equip them to live more integral and flourishing lives, and to more effectively equip their congregations to better connect Sunday to Monday.

For several years I failed to effectively equip our congregation to be followers of Jesus in all dimensions of life. I am grateful that my pastoral vision and practice has become more integral, effective and fruitful. As a pastor serving a wonderful multisite church in Kansas City, I continue to see the remarkable transformation of a congregation that increasingly embraces a robust theology of vocation and thinks integrally about how the Gospel speaks into every nook and cranny of life.

AS A FELLOW PASTOR AND FELLOW LEARNER, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN OUR GROWING NATIONAL NETWORK WHICH IS ROOTED WITHIN THE BROAD EVANGELICAL FAITH TRADITION.

Together, as a network of pastors, we want to nurture a respectful, gracious and collaborative spirit, placing high value on the deepening of clergy relationships, the exploration of transforming ideas, and the sharing of best local church practices. Our national office is located in Kansas City and our website provides a growing number of helpful resources, including Made to Flourish opportunities in your geographical region and contact information for our regional coordinators.

The pastoral work we are called to has an important role for nurturing human flourishing and furthering the common good. It is my prayerful hope that we may be faithful and fruitful in this important vocational stewardship. William James once said, “The greatest use of a life is to invest it in something that will outlast it.” For the glory of God and the common good, let’s joyfully invest our lives, sharpening each other and doing our work well with integrity of heart and skillful hands. Will you join with us today?

-Tom

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About the Author

Tom Nelson serves as the president of Made to Flourish and is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path to Wholeness of Soul, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community's Compassion and Capacity.  Tom is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work, and economics. He is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom and his wife, Liz, have two grown children and reside in Leawood, Kansas.