The Foundational Leadership Training is designed for church officers, committee and team leaders, and people engaged in various ministries of the church to provide foundational understanding and leadership skills.
Two workshop sessions provide the opportunity for participants to choose different options to learn about their area of ministry and other more general leadership skills. There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is requested so that we are prepared with adequate numbers of materials for you.
8:30 a.m. Registration and Fellowship Time
9:00 a.m. Devotions
9:45 a.m. Workshop Session 1
- Staff Parish Relations Committee
- Board of Trustees
- Moving the Obstacles: Leading through Change
- From Mission Gestures to Mission Engagement
- The Church of Trader Joe’s
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Workshop Session 2
- Simplified Board Model
- Moving the Obstacles: Communicating for Change
- Dinner Church 101
12:00 p.m. Adjourn
Staff Parish Relations Committee | Ignace Conic
An effective committee builds a strong, positive relationship between the staff and congregation resulting in effective pastor/staff leadership and cooperation with the congregation empowering the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Explore how to work with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff, consult with the bishop and district superintendent on matters of clergy leadership of the local congregation as part of the appointment process and how to enlists, evaluates, and annually recommends candidates for professional ministry to the church conference.
Board of Trustees | Wayne Jones
Discuss who the trustees are, how they are elected and what their roles and responsibilities are. Trustees are an integral part of any congregation and help keep everything running smoothly. Learn more about this important committee and how they interact with the rest of the church as well as the District Board of Church Location and Building.
Moving the Obstacles: Leading through Change | Lan Wilson & Emily Wilton
Discover what it means to lead through change, push past the obstacles in every context, regardless the size of a church, and work through what it means to have markers of success and growth in congregations’ context along the way.
Moving the Obstacles: Communicating for Change | Lan Wilson & Emily Wilton
Focus on preaching and what it means to communicate for change with focused content and relational delivery of the sermon.
From Mission Gesture to Mission Engagement | Ashley Wilson
Explore ways to engage in hands-on mission that not only provides resources but also changes your life and the lives of people in your community.
The Church of Trader Joe’s | Brian Neville
Discuss how zero dollars spent on social media, flyers, and advertising led Trader Joe’s to outsell all other grocery stores and the lessons the church can learn from this. If you do want to spend some money, we’ll also explore best practices in advertising and what platforms are best for your church or group.
Simplified Board Model | Gina Kim
Do you not have enough volunteers in leadership? Perhaps it’s time to try a simplified board model that allows volunteers to do less maintenance and more ministry. Everyone is busy and has less time to spend on the administrative work of the church these days, all while there is a greater demand of new ministry ideas. Churches need to move from maintenance to mission and ministry. Explore more simplified, efficient methods of leading churches that reflect more modern systems.
Dinner Church 101 | Brendan Galvin
Learn about the logistics, challenges, and foundations of Dinner Church. Come learn what Dinner Church is and how to start one in your community. Troubleshoot challenges, learn more about the practical nuts-and-bolts, and talk about real-life examples.