My name is Rebekah Simon-Peter. I want to share how I came to be so passionate about transforming church leaders and the congregations they serve. At the age of 30, I boldly responded to a personal vision of Jesus. I left my Orthodox Jewish community to follow this Jewish Messiah, ultimately breaking color and gender barriers to serve United Methodist churches. Over the next 11 years, I discovered a hard truth: passion and calling were not enough. The 3 congregations I served during my years of local church ministry were risk-averse, like most United Methodist congregations these days. The congregants resisted change, even as they experienced themselves as faithful. This dynamic of denial reinforced cautiousness and led to stagnation. Like other pastors, I tried everything I knew to breathe new life into the churches in my care. Ultimately, I burned out and my congregation lost momentum.
After 11 years of local church ministry, God called me into extension ministry to help shape larger conversations in the church. All around me, I watched the cycle repeat itself: pastors gave their all and burned out, while their congregations aged, lost momentum, and slipped into decline. Since then, over the last 11 years, I have been creating programs and processes that I wish I’d had as a pastor. Creating a Culture of Renewal is my flagship program. I’m proud to say it transforms church leaders and the congregations they serve, producing quantitative and qualitative results in churches around the country. I’m dogged and passionate about helping church leaders navigate the turbulent waters of ministry so that no one else has to experience the disappointment and resignation that comes from a calling unfulfilled.
My vision is to empower the worldwide body of Christ—friends, fans and followers—to take a quantum leap of faith into dreaming like Jesus, manifesting the kingdom in miraculous ways, and creating a world that works for everyone with no one and nothing left out.
I invite you to join me on the journey.