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Start Up!Start Over! provides practical goal oriented congregational development and growth training. This seminar is for people who believe that church is about the transformation of people’s lives. Start Up!Start Over! is designed for church leaders who want to rediscover the optimistic, mission-oriented spirit that marks healthy and thriving congregations. Attendance will benefit congregations that have hit a growth plateau and need new energy, those in decline seeking a new direction, and those planting a new church.

All registrants are welcome! This seminar is designed for both clergy and laity. Individuals will learn a great deal and can then share what they’ve learned with they get home. BEST OF ALL ARE TEAMS! We encourage congregations and dioceses to send teams of clergy and laity to attend together and then bring their expertise and vision back home.

This popular seminar consistently sells out before the registration deadline. We recommend registering early to ensure your space, and suggest you call to verify space availability (800-334-7626, ext. 6003). Registration ends April 28, 2003. Your enrollment will be confirmed in writing, and is dependent upon receipt of payment and the registration form. Any registrations accepted after April 28 are subject to a $100.00 late fee, hotel capacity, and market room rate.

Request to 'hold' a reservation: We are pleased to hold a group or individual reservation while you are preparing the fee and registration form. However, unpaid reservations can be held only until March 14, 2003. After that date full payment and the registration form must be received in order to guarantee a reservation. Please take responsibility for monitoring this process to ensure that you have met the deadline

Payment made by a third party:
If payment for your registration is being made by a third party (such as your parish or diocese) it is your responsibility to follow-up to ensure that payment is issued and received on time.

To enroll, mail the registration form, congregation demographics and a check issued to "Episcopal Church Building Fund" to:

Episcopal Church Building Fund
Attn: Start Up!Start Over!
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

The seminar is sponsored and subsidized by the Office of Congregational Development and coordinated in partnership with the Episcopal Church Building Fund. The all inclusive registration fee includes the seminar tuition, five nights lodging, and eleven meals:
Single occupancy: $750.00
Double occupancy:* $600.00 per person
Commuter:** (no lodging, 6 meals) $350.00
  The following meals are provided: Breakfast: Monday through Friday
    Lunch: Monday through Friday
    Dinner: Monday

You will be on your own for dinner for three nights. A number of interesting, mid-priced restaurants are within an easy stroll. For those attending the seminar alone, a time and place will be established to meet others for dinner companionship.

*Roommates will be matched if they are available. Double room rates are not guaranteed unless a roommate is available.

** Commuters are asked to arrive on time for all sessions. The commuter meal package provides lunches and dinner on Monday.

Guests who are not attending the conference may join a seminar attendee in the hotel room at no additional cost. The seminar attendee will be charged the single room rate of $750. Guests are welcome at meal functions; the cost is $250 for all eleven meals. Guests not selecting the full meal plan can attend the opening night reception and dinner on Monday June 2 for $30. Due to contract requirements, meal costs must be paid in advance and are not refundable.

The meeting and lodging are in a lovely resort setting. This property caters solely to conference groups and therefore can provide all basic the business services you may need while you are away from home and the office. On the grounds are a semi-private golf course and practice putting green, two lovely swimming pools and spa amenities.

Each room has a coffee maker, hair dryer, voice mail, iron and ironing board, data port and high speed. The hotel has a full service business center. Rates include maid and bellman gratuity.

Lodging for the seminar begins on the evening of Sunday June 1, 2003, departing on Friday June 6, 2003.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the San Marcos Sheraton is a beautifully appointed resort that blends historic charms with modern accommodations.

Additional Nights: Based on availability, the hotel will extend a discounted rate to attendees who arrive the weekend prior to or remain the weekend after the seminar. The rate is $95.00 per night, including taxes, double or single occupancy. Indicate on the registration form the extra nights you plan to stay, and include payment for those nights with your registration fee.


Please submit the completed congregational demographic forms when you register. The information needed to complete the form can be found in parochial reports. You will use this data during the seminar to interpret growth issues and plans for your congregation. Please submit the completed form with your registration form and fee (if more than one person from the congregation is attending, the form need be submitted only once). Diocesan staff may submit demographics for a congregation with which they are working, or their own congregation. Due to the time required to graph the data, please understand that demographics submitted late may not be graphed for the attendee.

June 1, Sunday.: Lodging begins.
June 2, Monday.: Seminar begins 8:30 a.m., hosted dinner at 6:00 p.m.
June 3, Tuesday.: Seminar meets 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Optional workshops 7:15p.m.
June 4, Wednesday.: Seminar meets 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
June 5, Thursday.: Seminar meets 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
June 6, Friday.: Seminar concludes 12:30 p.m.

The Rev. Charles Fulton, left, meets with attendee. The staff is always available to discuss your individual situation.

Airport Arrival: Chandler is an easy and direct drive, 17 miles from the Phoenix airport. Full ground transportation information will be sent to you upon registration.

Parking: Free

Free Time: You will have free time to relax or play. The Wednesday session concludes at 12:30, leaving you free for the day and evening. A free shuttle can take you to a nearby major shopping mall, complete with movie theatres. An outlet mall is a 15-minute drive. You can tour the Frank Lloyd Wright retreat, Taliesin West, in nearby Scottsdale. Or, tour Biosphere 2, two hours south in Oracle.

The hotel has a full service salon and day spa, two heated pools, a whirlpool, 2 lighted tennis courts, fitness center, volleyball, jogging and bike trails.

You may wish to take time to enjoy Arizona's natural beauty.

Golf: Golfers can play on the Sheratons’ semi-private 18 hole PGA-rated 72-par course, Golf Casitas, or the hotel can arrange for you to play at another area course. A special rate has been secured: Course fee, including cart with GPS System, is $39.00. Foursomes will be arranged for Wednesday June 3 in the afternoon, after the seminar session concludes. Please pre-register to be included in a foursome by completing the golf-registration form. If you wish to play at any other time please make your own arrangements with the pro shop (480-963-3358); the discounted rate will apply.

Weather: In June the average temperature ranges from a low of 73 to a high of 103. The rooms are well air-conditioned (you may even wish to bring a wrap), and you will be in session during the heat of the day. Plan to drink plenty of water and dress comfortably and relaxed.

Cancellation Policy: Due to binding contracts required to secure the seminar site the refund policy is stringently applied. Because the seminar is significantly subsidized, the registration fee does not reflect the cost committed to the hotel property. Please understand that refunds therefore are minimal and cannot be adjusted.

    Exception: If another registrant fills the space a full refund will be issued.

    Cancellation received by April 28= Full Refund

    Cancellation received after April 29 - May 27:

      Single = $275 Refund
      Double= $300 Refund
      Commuter = $250 Refund

    Cancellation received after May 28= No Refund
For additional information contact: Sally Dresser, Vice President, Episcopal Church Building Fund (800) 334-7626 ext. 6003 FAX: (212) 716-6267: E-mail:

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