My Story: Surprised by Change
Oct
8
9:00 AM09:00

My Story: Surprised by Change

WK 1  |  Heidi Husted Armstrong  |  

Surprised by change?  Holy cow – sometimes we never see it coming – and wonder if we’ll even survive!  And in some ways it’s only getting more challenging (“Today is the slowest pace of change we will ever see”).  Heidi’s story will help prime the pump as we begin to explore our own lived experiences of transitional ministry, and the possibilities for fruitful ministry there.  

HANDOUT: JAN EDMISTON, CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION

HANDOUT: I CAN NEVER BE THE PASTOR THEY NEED ME TO BE UNLESS

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Leading Change: Beginning of a New Adventure
Oct
8
1:00 PM13:00

Leading Change: Beginning of a New Adventure

WK 1 & 2 |  Scott Lumsden  |  CREEVEY

Leading change takes courage, perseverance, and a dedicated team of folks willing to risk a few things for the sake of a better future. This is easier said than done, especially when most of the emotional energy of the church is geared toward maintenance of the status quo. Uh oh! Now what?!

HANDOUT: LEADING CHANGE

Conflict Handouts: 
Conflict Types
Conflict Outline

Case Studies:
Anatomy of Conflict: Children
Anatomy of Conflict: Finance
Anatomy of Conflict: Worship

Further Reading: Insights into Conflict

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Preaching & Congregational Discernment
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Preaching & Congregational Discernment

WK 1 & 2  |  Heidi Husted Armstrong  |  CREEVEY

It kind of rattles you when an accomplished teacher of preaching confesses, “I don’t know how to preach anymore!” (David Lose) – but perhaps we all suspect preaching is changing, and is even in trouble.  So now what?  We’ll explore a preaching practice that focuses on learning to read scripture together in community, is less performance-based, and congregationally less passive and more participative – and even try it on for size.

HANDOUT: PREACHING & COMMUNITY, QUESTIONS FOR READING SCRIPTURE

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A Way Forward: An Identity, An Idea, & A Goal
Oct
9
3:00 PM15:00

A Way Forward: An Identity, An Idea, & A Goal

WK 1 & 2  |  Scott Lumsden  |  CREEVEY

So you're convinced that things need to change, but are unsure about how to start a change effort? One thing is for sure: don't form a Change Committee! Instead, work with the session toward articulating the identity of the church, get some consensus about something that needs to change, then set a goal that embodies that change. This is the change process in a nutshell.  

Presentation: Identity, Idea, & Goal

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Emotional Intelligence
Mar
7
9:00 AM09:00

Emotional Intelligence

WK 1  |  Heidi Husted Armstrong  |  Wright Hall

A relative newcomer influencing the field of leadership, Emotional Intelligence (and the brain science behind it) is considered to be more determinative of human success than IQ.  The “World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report” claims Emotional Intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills by 2020. So what is EI, why the premium on it, and how can pastors – and congregations – improve?

HANDOUT: BRAIN DIAGRAM

HANDOUT: CORE EMOTIONS, JULIA WEST

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