Pre-Institute Sessions

These are high-impact sessions going in-depth on a variety of ministry topics. Each session is offered once in the morning and again in the afternoon, so you can select any two of the workshops below to attend.

 

September 25, 2019

AM Session: 9:00am-12pm

PM Session: 1:30-4:30pm

When Everyone’s Perfect But Me

How often do leaders find ways to care for themselves? Self-care plays a vital role in living full-tilt and loving well, and that requires feeling secure in one’s identity as a beloved child of the living God. Learn how to overcome the limitations you feel, manage the expectations holding you down, and value the sacred in everyday life. In this workshop, you will learn how reach into your best self and gather strength to be the leaders you are called to be. When it seems everyone is perfect but you, find focus in the chaos and perfection in your ordinary.

Rachel Billups

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The Caring Congregation

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Wendy Lyons Chrostek

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Having Difficult Conversations

Our world is fraught with conflict – from our interpersonal relationships to international relations. How is it that people see the same issue from such different perspectives? And how can we lead others to a deeper, more compassionate understanding of our differences? This workshop will explore a systems theory called “Spiral Dynamics” to help you understand the varieties of consciousness in our families, churches, and communities. You will learn to facilitate conversations across divides, lead empathically, and create positive change in your community.

Magrey deVega

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A Culture of Radical Hospitality

Effective follow-up with guests and members leads to meaningful connections that help to build a vibrant church. This workshop will provide ideas and resources to help you develop intentional follow-up processes for your church, to more fully engage your congregation and create a culture of radical hospitality.

Yvonne Gentile

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Strengthening Your Culture for Real Church Growth

In a time of umpteen opinions and diverse models on how to do church, how do you lead with clarity and confidence? In this workshop on the book Church Unique, Will Mancini will reveal how to nurture the culture of mission inside the church to strengthen the church’s engagement outside the church. Learn five key steps to create redemptive movement utilizing the your church’s existing strengths.

Will Mancini

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Navigating Transition: Leaning into the Future Without Fear

There is a difference between change and transition. Change may be a given, but transition is not. Change is an external – intentional or unexpected, in or out of control. Transition happens on the personal level and has to do with what is happening to people, in people, and with people as they experience change. Come and think together about how we will navigate change and transition, address fears and uncertainty, give ourselves grace… knowing that in this process we are not alone. God is with us every step of the way.

Matt Miofsky

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Achieving Next-Level Generosity in Times of Uncertainty

During change, churches often struggle to grow ministry funding. Learn strategies to transform how you think about and lead your ministry. You will come away with a toolkit to develop a comprehensive year-round generosity strategy to grow your giving to the next level. We will review right-now strategies and detailed implementation tactics, including developing a stewardship statement, creating a data dashboard, growing your e-giving, integrating giving into your discipleship path, and designing other tools and resources for creating a giving culture.

Joe Park

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Leaning Into Your Call

Do you remember when you first felt a call to ministry and service – as a lay person, a staff leader, or a pastor? A strong sense of call can guide your decisions and service in every aspect of your personal ministry. Learn how to reconsider the biblical stories of call – Abraham, Samuel, Esther, Jonah, Mary Magdalene, the Beloved Disciple – in order to remember your own story, bring it forward to strengthen your work, and help others discern their own call.

Susan Robb

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Want to Attend the Pre-Institutes?

When purchasing your tickets, make sure you select Package #2. You’ll gain access to the morning and the afternoon session of the Pre-Institute on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.