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 find that familiar
models are not producing the desired results. It is stressful for
leaders trained to expect a stable culture to now lead a ministry
in a time of change and transition. Remaining healthy and grounded
while our ministries are being redefined is essential. This session
will examine the context of our ministries, suggest ways to keep
us grounded spiritually and offer a definition of visionary leadership
for a time of transition.
will teach the basic theories of congregational development. Particular
attention will be focused on congregational size and transition.
CYCLE AS AN EVALUATIVE TOOL
Using the demographics submitted at enrollment to the seminar, this
session will interpret the data to determine the congregation's
life cycle stage, and the correct programming response for each
stage to accomplish growth.
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
This seminar will demonstrate the tremendous possibilities that
every church has for inviting more people into the community of
faith. Based on key Biblical principles and insights from the contemporary
world of advertising this session will demonstrate advertising's
essential tools. The session will include an overview of target
marketing, the power and potential of door-to-door ministry, and
provide a hands-on experience in developing your marketing tools.
GUESTS & INCORPORATING MEMBERS
Susy Miller's amusing and energetic presentation "Welcoming
Guests & Incorporating Members" 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.
(For congregations under 75 Average Sunday Attendance)
THE UNIQUE DYNAMICS OF FAMILY AND PASTORAL SIZE CHURCH
further look at how size affects growth and how to address this
in the family and pastoral size congregations.
DYNAMICS OF DISCIPLESHIP
look at the attitudes and behaviors of smaller congregations that
contribute to a focus on survival and lead to decline. A presentation
of a positive alternative that contributes to abundance and growth.
COMMON CORE VALUES
session will use a process chart exercise to help congregational
leaders in smaller congregations identify common core values through
story and questions to move forward with a clearer idea of their
Evening Workshops (Choose one) 7:15 p.m.
Planning Your Building
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.
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. What is needed to do this work, both as the planter
and as a diocese? What is needed for a successful church start,
and what is the definition of success? How to work without owning
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.
15 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AUTHORITY AND CONFLICT
The church frequently tolerates ineffective or destructive behavioral
patters at great cost. 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.
and Evening Free
The Wednesday session adjourns at 12:30 p.m., leaving the afternoon
and evening free to the fun of New Orleans.
have three nights out for dinner during the seminar. The hotel is
five blocks from the French Quarter and a mile from the River Walk.
A meeting time and place will be established for attendees who have
come to the seminar alone and wish to join others for dinner companionship.
October 16 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
A Different Beat: UNDERSTANDING GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY
"The church is not captive to a range of cultural practices..(it)
has come to identify as essential to the faith, when they are basically
an expression of pitching tent in another and quite different culture".
Speaking the language, learning the attitudes and concerns of the
neXt generation is the first step in pitching tent and creating
a welcoming church. Tex Sample will share his research on the characteristics
and concerns of the electronic generations.
TECHNOLOGY IN MINISTRY
The practical application of technology in multi-sensory worship
and as a tool of evangelism.
October 17 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
BUILDINGS AS TOOLS OF EVANGELISM
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.
EFFECTIVE MEETING STRATEGIES
Meetings are a necessity of community and are an opportunity for
motivating, empowering, building support, visioning, planning, 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 potential destructive conflict.