General Sessions

Leadership Institute 2018 features 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.

General Sessions 1 & 5

Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:45 pm Friday, Sept. 28, 10:45 am

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will lead two General Sessions. Join us for a look at Peter – a flawed disciple whom Christ nevertheless used – to more fully understand that, in spite of our flaws and failings, we are continually molded and shaped, empowered and equipped to become the people, the leaders, God redeemed us to be. We are the hands and feet of Christ, fulfilling God’s mission in our time.

General Session 2

Turning Our Practices Inside Out

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:15 pm

In the first half of General Session 2, Bishop Schnase will address the following question: What might happen if we church leaders approached our neighborhoods in a new way, with a deliberate outward focus, and a willingness to carry Christ’s love to where people already live, work, and play, rather than hoping for people to come to us?

In this inspiring session, learn to lead in a new direction—from the inside out. Bishop Robert Schnase shares real-life stories of leaders and congregations who are creating innovative ministry outside the church, in their communities. These stories demonstrate how to balance come to us tactics with go to them initiatives. How strategies for doing things better are strengthened with ideas for doing things differently. How doing ministry for becomes doing ministry with. How to welcome the guest, and become the guest among others.

These stories and lessons will ignite your creativity, and will equip you with practical ideas to adapt and implement in your own community.

General Session 2

First Impressions

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:55 pm

What’s the first impression guests have about your church? The first impression occurs before the service begins—before the opening song, before the reading of Scripture, and before the sermon. First impressions happen as a guest encounters your website, pulls into your parking lot, arrives at your front door, enters your children’s area, and takes in your Narthex.

Based on your guests’ first impressions, are you giving them a reason to return? In the second portion of General Session 2, let’s talk about why first impressions matter, how it must be a value lived out in all ministries of the church, and how creating excellent first impressions will positively affect your church’s impact.

General Session 3

Fostering Relationships Between Faith Groups

Thursday, Sept. 27, 3:00 pm

At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, faith groups can play an important role in promoting constructive dialogue across the divides that have emerged, with the goal of uniting Americans through community-based volunteer work.

My Neighbor’s Keeper is an initiative that aims to foster relationships between faith groups and then engage them in building neighborhoods and cities that are more interconnected and resilient to hate and violence. Pastor Bob Roberts will share about this organization and his determination to take multi-faith dialogue to the next level by harnessing the power of neighbors and community members to engage in cooperative efforts that address community needs.

Session 3

Winning the Worry Battle

Thursday, Sept. 27, 3:45 pm

Every season in a leader’s life comes with fears, uncertainties, and change. How we embrace those uncertainties and changes in our leadership seasons often determines the level of success or struggle we will experience within that leadership role. The life of Joshua, who began as a soldier and assistant before becoming the leader of the Israelite people, teaches us that every leader must learn, grow, and leave—because that is what leaders do.

Barb Roose will lead us in exploring these three transitions within every leadership season to help us discover how we can survive and thrive as leaders whether we are facing an ending, muddling through the messy middle, or launching into a new beginning.

General Session 4

Coping Creatively with Change

Friday, Sept. 28, 9:00 am

Change can be an obstacle or an opportunity. Change can be intimidating, full of fear and distrust, or it can be channeled in a positive way to bring good results. How we handle change is a choice – it can become a friend or a foe.