General Sessions

Leadership Institute 2017 is comprised of 7 General Sessions, led by innovative, nationally-recognized speakers and developed with a focus on practical ministry tools, leadership growth strategies and inspired vision for ministry.

Please note the Opening General Session for Leadership Institute is Wednesday evening September 27 at 6:45pm.

General Session 1

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:45 pm

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will lead two General Sessions in our newly-opened Sanctuary.  During these sessions, we will learn about the importance of space and sacred architecture.  He will also share principles and practices on leading change and dealing with conflict and criticism, including an interview with a Corporate Human Resource Director who will give us a crash course on managing change and transitions.   Adam’s General Sessions will also include a few Resurrection Essentials, focusing on practical ideas for immediate implementation in your church. These Resurrection Essentials include ways to regularly invite others to church, pursuing excellence in programming and worship and implementing effective follow-up (these are classic lessons included in every LI for new attendees).  Finally, he will address leadership and preaching in divided times.

Session 2

Growing the Prayer Life of Leaders & Congregations

Thursday, Sept. 28, 8:30 am

Prayer. It’s crazy that we can speak with the God who created the Heavens and the Earth. What a privilege. However, as pastors, leaders, and as churches, it’s not only a privilege, but also a necessity. Prayer connects us with God, the ultimate source of wisdom, strength, and grace. When we’re not talking with God, very little can happen, but when we’re connected with Him anything is possible. In his General Session, Adam Weber will walk us through practical and simplistic tools to turn down the noise of life and the busyness of ministry, and tune in to a conversation with God.

Session 3

Building Volunteer and Staff Teams that Last

Thursday, Sept. 28, 10:30 am

Anyone can build a team that only lasts for a brief season. But how can we create a culture for our volunteers and staff that is so healthy, joyful, fulfilling, and loving that they would choose to serve on that team as long as possible? Nancy Beach will explore the ingredients for preventing your team from becoming a revolving door, for building teams that have the potential to go the distance with one another.

Session 4

Reaching and Engaging Emerging Generations

Thursday, Sept. 28, 1:30 pm

Stats, stats, everywhere stats! Everywhere we turn we are met with a story of the Church in decline. The statistics reveal disinterested and departing generations who are done with the church as institution.

Don’t fear and fret the stats! Chances are you likely have the assets in your congregation to reverse the trend of decline and tell a new story of growth and vibrancy.

This session will help you know how to reach and engage the emerging generations in your church and community. Focused attention will be given to help you develop a deeper understanding of how Millennials and Generation Z think and live, the kind of leaders needed to reach them and the kinds of ministry models needed to engage them for God’s mission in the world.

Session 5

Seven Stages of the Church Life Cycle: Moving the Church from Being Stuck to Unstuck

Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 pm

Is your church growing? Diminishing? Is it somewhere in between? Tony Morgan identifies the seven stages of a church’s lifecycle that range from the hopeful and optimistic days of launch, to the stagnating last stages of life support. Regardless of the stage in which you find your church, it carries with it the world’s greatest mission—to “go and make disciples of all the nations….”

With eternity at stake, the Church should strive for the pinnacle of the lifecycle, where they are continually making new disciples and experiencing what Morgan refers to as “sustained health.” The Unstuck Church is a call for honest an assessment of where your church sits on the lifecycle, and a challenge to move beyond it.

Session 6

Leading Your Tiny House to the Promised Land

Friday, Sept. 29, 8:30 am

Some people get stuck in reality and offer concession speeches with time to play left on the clock. All leaders, churches and organizations – regardless of stage or station – can overcome the current restraints of their reality and achieve their God-given promise.

General Session 7

Friday, Sept. 29, 10:30 am

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will lead two General Sessions in our newly-opened Sanctuary.  During these sessions, we will learn about the importance of space and sacred architecture.  He will also share principles and practices on leading change and dealing with conflict and criticism, including an interview with a Corporate Human Resource Director who will give us a crash course on managing change and transitions.   Adam’s General Sessions will also include a few Resurrection Essentials, focusing on practical ideas for immediate implementation in your church. These Resurrection Essentials include ways to regularly invite others to church, pursuing excellence in programming and worship and implementing effective follow-up (these are classic lessons included in every LI for new attendees).  Finally, he will address leadership and preaching in divided times.

Leadership Institute Registration

Registration

Early Bird

Through August 31

Pre-Institute: $45/session ($49 Standard Rate)

Leadership Institute: $159 ($199 Standard Rate)

Discounts

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, a discounted rate for young adults is available. Learn more about this and Early Bird rates on the Registration Information page.