will be ample opportunity to network in a pleasant setting.
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
THROUGH CHALLENGING TIMES
The culture in which we live challenges many of the assumptions
of institutional Christianity. Congregations are discovering that
familiar models are not producing the desired results. This session
will examine the context of our ministries and offer a definition
of visionary leadership for times of transition.
will focus on the basic theories of congregational development concerning
size and transition.
CYCLE AS AN EVALUATIVE TOOL
Each congregation and minsitry has its own life cycle. This session
addresses appropriate leadership for each stage. Using the demographic
data submitted prior to the seminar you will determine your congregations
life cycle stage and learn the correct programming response for
founder of the Episcopal Ad Project, teaches engaging strategies
for advertising your congregation.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Optional Workshop 7:15pm)
USING THE MEDIA FOR THE MISSION OF REACHING PEOPLE
The purpose of this seminar is to inspire and demonstrate the tremendous
possibilities that every church has for inviting more people into
the community of faith through affordable and creative media. Based
on practical advertising principles and the Biblical foundations
for evangelism, you will learn how to use direct marketing techniques,
the power of door to door ministry as a method for invitation, and
the importance of articulating your churchs clear mission
GUESTS & INCORPORATING MEMBERS
amusing and energetic presentation will help you form an effective
new member ministry.
that membership has many settings, from the curious and tentative
member, to the leader, this session provides the concepts and tools
that will enable a congregation of any size or complexity to evaluate
and design a welcoming and incorporating process. Now that your
marketing efforts have brought them to the door, you will learn
how to best respond to newcomers and invite them into membership.
Evening Workshops (Choose one) 7:15 p.m.
Your Building Project
Knowing what you can afford to spend and what future ministries
the building will need to support are keys to a successful, less
conflicted building project. This workshop will outline a process
for building within your budget, and planning a building designed
for your future.
The 'More Than Pastoral' Congregation
This session will examine the operative assumptions in the Episcopal
Church that produce smaller congregations. It will identify the
changes in congregational life and practice that open the system
to growth. The workshop will show how to relieve the pressure that
builds, and the burnout that results when small church models are
used with congregations that have an average Sunday attendance of
more than 150.
singing at Start Up! Start Over!
Research in the world of organizations reveals that success is often
related to the way the leadership articulates and actualizes its
core values, purpose, and vision. This workshop will look at these
principles as they apply to the mission of the church. You will
be helped to write your core values, purpose and vision statements.
From Dream to Reality: A Process for Implenting Change
A step by step tool for implementing a change. This workshop addresses
how to determine the right time to introduce change or a new ministry,
how to effectively work with support and resistance, and the critical
steps that lead to successful change.
Not To Start a New Church
A seminar for both clergy and laity lead by a successful church
planter who purports to have made every mistake in the book. Now
that I have my sense of humor back, I am delighted to share the
learnings. Topics addressed include: 1) What is needed
to do this work, both as the planter and as a diocese, 2) What is
needed for a successful church start, and what is the definition
of success, 3) And, doing the work without owning buildings.
4 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AUTHORITY AND CONFLICT The church frequently tolerates ineffective
or destructive behavioral patters at great cost. Healthy newcomers
are unlikely to join a congregation marked by conflict. This session
will address the areas which are most likely to produce conflict,
a process for making community decisions designed to maximize support
with minimum conflict, and skill building for handling conflict
and serious challenges to the authority of the leader and the community.
Wednesday session concludes at 12:30pm leaving the afternoon
and evening free to enjoy the fun of the Phoenix area.
June 5 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
A DIFFERENT BEAT: UNDERSTANDING GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY
Speaking the language and understanding the culture of each generation
is necessary in order to pitch tent with and create
a welcoming church for all generations. The Rev. Dr. Tex Sample
will share his research on the characteristics of the different
generations, focusing particularly on reaching the electronic generations.
6 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AS TOOLS OF EVANGELISM
A fun and informative slide show demonstrating the principles of
site development, liturgical space that supports worship, the benefits
of flexible space, results of renovation, and how our buildings
look to the visitor and stranger.
Meetings are a necessity of community and are an opportunity for
building support, visioning, and problem solving. Growing congregations
employ effective meeting skills to ensure that the individuals
experience is respected and that people work together toward a common
vision. This session will address the strategies for effective meetings,
including techniques for reducing destructive conflict.