Our Mission

“Increasing Pastoral and Congregational Effectiveness in Order to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”

Founded in 1977, the Intentional Growth Center (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a continuing education and renewal center for both clergy and laity. Located in The Atkins House, IGC designs and offers courses and growth experiences at picturesque Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and in other locations throughout the country. Approximately 50 seminars and workshops are offered each year and more than 2,500 participants benefit from sessions dealing with Bible studies, ministry skills, spiritual retreats, personal growth, and spiritual/ life coaching.

The Atkins House is the historic second home of Bishop James Atkins, the first Superintendent of Lake Junaluska Assembly. Located at 959 North Lakeshore Drive, this three story house retains the charm of the early 1900’s while being in the heart of the Assembly’s missional activity. Along with housing the offices of IGC, the Atkins House also provides bed and breakfast facilities and a meeting room for individuals, families, or small groups.

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Located in the picturesque Lake Junaluska mountains of Western North Carolina, IGC serves as a continuing education and renewal center for both clergy and laity.


IGC offers numerous growth experiences, including more than 50 seminars and workshops each year to more than 2,500 participants.


Our goal is to increase pastoral and congregational effectiveness in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Our Staff

Photo courtesy of David L. Davis.
Dr. David L. Davis

Executive Director

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Leslie Butters

Leslie Butters

Interim Director & Office Administrator
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Laurey-Faye Dean

Laurey-Faye Dean

Road Scholar Program Coordinator
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Bailey Butters

Bailey Butters

Marketing & Communications Director
Ext. 385


Bobbie Ammons

Atkins House Hostess


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