A Way Forward: An Identity, An Idea, & A Goal
Feb
13
3:00 PM15:00

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

WK 1 & 2  |  Scott Lumsden  |  Wright Hall

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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Preaching & Congregational Discernment
Feb
13
9:00 AM09:00

Preaching & Congregational Discernment

WK 1 & 2  |  Heidi Husted Armstrong  |  Wright Hall 

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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Leading Change: Beginning of a New Adventure
Feb
12
4:00 PM16:00

Leading Change: Beginning of a New Adventure

WK 1 & 2 |  Scott Lumsden  |  Wright Hall 

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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My Story: Surprised by Change
Feb
12
10:45 AM10:45

My Story: Surprised by Change

WK 1  |  Heidi Husted Armstrong  |  Wright Hall

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: CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION

HANDOUT: I CAN NEVER BE THE PASTOR THEY TRULY NEED UNLESS

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