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There will be ample opportunity to network in a pleasant setting.

Monday,October 13   
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
LEADING CONGREGATIONS
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.

CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A presentation will teach the basic theories of congregational development. Particular attention will be focused on congregational size and transition.

LIFE 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.


George Martin, founder of the Episcopal Ad Project, teaches engaging strategies for advertising your congregation.

Tuesday, October 14 
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.

WELCOMING GUESTS & INCORPORATING MEMBERS


Susy Miller's amusing and energetic presentation "Welcoming Guests & Incorporating Members" will help you form an effective new member ministry

Recognizing 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
A further look at how size affects growth and how to address this in the family and pastoral size congregations.

ATTITUDE DYNAMICS OF DISCIPLESHIP
A 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
This 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 common mission.

Optional Evening Workshops (Choose one) 7:15 p.m.
Planning 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.

How 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 buildings?


Community singing at Start Up! Start Over!

Articulating the Vision
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.

Wednesday, October 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.

Afternoon and Evening Free
The Wednesday session adjourns at 12:30 p.m., leaving the afternoon and evening free to the fun of New Orleans.

You will 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.

Thursday, 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.

USING TECHNOLOGY IN MINISTRY
The practical application of technology in multi-sensory worship and as a tool of evangelism.

Friday, 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.


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