What does Greg Finke bring to the party?
Greg had been a senior pastor leading and growing congregations for 22 years before founding and becoming the executive director of Dwelling 1:14.
He was the senior pastor of Messiah in Midland, Michigan, which God grew from 52 in worship to 1200 in worship under Greg’s leadership. Greg then went to Gloria Dei in Houston, Texas as senior pastor to lead the process of transitioning a large, program-based congregation to a missional, discipling-based congregation. He stepped out of congregational ministry to begin Dwelling 1:14 in 2011.
He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and is ordained in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
He is widely recognized as being a pioneer in thinking and practice in discipling, missional living, and multiplying missional communities. (see the Endorsements page for examples)
Greg continues to live the missional life with his wife, Susan. Together they oversee a growing network of missional communities throughout North America and the world.
A Leading Practitioner, Teacher and Mentor
Greg realized he wanted to shift from reading about missional movements to being a part of one. This happened when Greg and Susan simply began to put into practice basic biblical teachings in the context of their own neighborhood
What started with them personally living a missional lifestyle has progressed over the years to multiplying missional leaders and missional communities throughout North America and the world.
Greg has mentored pastors since 2003, and has taught and trained leaders through conferences and workshops since 2000.
In his teaching and training, Greg is known for his insights, inspiration, humor, and ability to make biblical truths very practical.
He has been cited in two recent Leadership Network articles: “Taking Your Church Missional: What Does It Cost the Leader?” and “The New Metrics: How Do They Look in Your Church?”
During his time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pastoral Leadership Institute, Greg helped transition the organization to a vision of multiplying missional leaders.
In addition to his formal education, Greg has received the following specialized training:
With Jesus through the gracious but rough school of hard knocks
With Reggie McNeal in a two-year Missional Renaissance Leadership Community
With Will Mancini during a one-year vision frame process
With Mike Breen beginning at the 2006 Sheffield, England conference
Completed training through the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership
Completed training through the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI)
Completed training through PLI- GET (Governance and Executive Training)