April 8, May 13, October 28, 2017

Equipping Pastors, Elders, and Staff to Lead a Changing Church

One-day, Saturday seminars designed with small churches in mind … Join instructor the Rev. Ken Evers-Hood for conversations and learning

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Cost to attend

$40 per participant includes lunch and all materials.

Upcoming Topic

October 28: Making Better Decisions Together

How many decisions do leaders make every day? Scholars tell us about 10,000. 10,000! But did you ever take a class in decision-making? Our culture operates by the idea that we will fill our heads with knowledge, and then we will naturally make better decisions. But as the 2008 financial collapse and so many other world events indicate: this isn’t true. Learn how to distinguish between judging decisions by their outcome versus assessing them by their quality. This will help your church and you make better decisions.REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

Past Topics

April 8: Coping with the Humanity of the Church (Leading when the Best and Worst Come out of People)


Jesus was fully human and we are, too. Fully human pastors leading fully human congregations. While grateful for academic theologians, I and others felt trained for a church that really doesn’t exist. As much as we wish the people we serve thought about Chalcedonian theology and the mysteries of the Trinity, the reality is they have their minds on other things. How can we predict and lead through times when the best and worst of our humanity comes into play?


May 13: Conflict: Fundamental to Ministry and Potentially Engaging and Positive


Conflict and gameful thinking. The Apostle Paul was intimately connected to the gameful world of Ancient Greece. He was a tent maker for the Isthmian games held every two years in Corinth. And this gameful language filters into his epistles: in Galatians he writes about running the race in vain; in Philippians he speaks of the faith as his goal and prize; in Second Timothy he compares faithful teachers to athletes who play by the rules. Games are about conflict; game theory is an influential field about conflict that the church has largely ignored. What would it look like to see conflict as not something lamentable we have to deal with but as something fundamental to ministry and potentially engaging and positive?

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