Leading a congregation in adapting to new realities requires more than just the skills of a good pastor. It takes courage, faith, awareness, knowledge, and a good strategy to guide people through the rough waters of change.
Whether you are an Interim, Installed, or Stated Supply pastor, through these workshops you will gain skills and practical wisdom to effectively lead a church to change, renew and grow.
*This Workshop qualifies as Interim Ministry Training. Both Week 1 and Week 2 curricula will be offered simultaneously. If you have had Week 1 training in the past (within the last 3 years), register for Week 2. If this is your first step toward Transitional Ministry Training, register for Week 1.
Workshop Facilitators: Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted Armstrong and Eliana Maxim
Week I: ENGAGE
Leadership is about teamwork, but good leadership starts with you. This four day seminar will empower you to identify and lead (or be a part of a team leading) meaningful, transformational change in any church context. Learn the basics of congregational dynamics, church systems, effective conflict resolution, power dynamics, and simple strategies for leading change in congregations. Grow as well in your awareness of yourself as a church leader, a person of faith, and gain insights into your strengths and weaknesses as a transitional leader.
Required Reading: Changing the Conversation: a third way for congregations by Anthony Robinson (links to Amazon.com)
Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems, Leadership and Congregational Life by Ronald Richardson (links to Amazon.com)
Week II: EQUIP
Once engaged in an intentional transition (Week I), transformational leaders need to be equipped to continue to lead through the rough waters of change. This second four day seminar further develops the tools of identifying the necessary change, establishing the strategies for change, recruiting a leadership team, dealing with congregational conflict, and sustaining a new culture around renewed identity.
Required Reading: The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics by Israel Galindo (links to Amazon.com)
Becoming a Healthier Pastor by Ronald Richardson (links to Amazon.com)
All Week 2 participants are required to complete the Ministry Learning Opportunity assignment before they arrive.
Member of the Interim Ministry Consortium of the PC(USA).