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Coastal Bay Cohort: a network of congregations growing together to deepen faith, strengthen leadership, and transform our congregations

We know you care about your congregation’s future and want to see it thrive. Increasing finances, number of people in worship, and your connection to the neighborhood will take new behaviors. Let’s do this together.

Seminar 1: Making a Plan October 12-13, 2018
Seminar 2: Spiritual Leadership March, 2019 (TBA)
Seminar 3: Stretching Your Comfort Zone October, 2019 (TBA)

Who should come?

Pastors and their LEAD Team* or council should plan to attend all three seminars. Each seminar includes three hours on Friday night and six hours on Saturday. We are using a proven model for congregational revitalization that starts with you—the leaders on the team. We recommend the team be comprised of people who are:

  • Trusted by the congregation
  • Open to new ideas and new learning
  • Willing to follow through

*It is best if the team includes two council members and others in the congregation.


Seminars: Thanks to a grant from the Gulf Coast Synod, your cost is $20 per person to cover meals.

Coaching for the pastor and team facilitator: $200 per session, paid quarterly. Based on our experience, 10 monthly sessions are highly recommended and key to the success of this process. Your first payment will be due at the Learning Seminar in October.

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Why is coaching so important?

All of us have a way of thinking that produces the results we are getting in our lives. If we want to take on new habits, we need support to make these changes. This is true for congregations too. The history of each congregation is important as we consider the best way to move forward. LEAD Coaches are trained to ask questions that spark imagination and help leaders move forward with new ideas. This is hard to do alone because the usual work of a congregation will always call us back to old habits.

Tentative Agenda for Seminar A

6:00-7:00 PM      The Sacred Meal (includes dinner)
7:00-7:30 PM      1. The Leadership Edge
8:00-8:45 PM      2. The Power of Storytelling
8:45-9:00 PM      Spiritual Pilgrims

9:00-10:00 AM   Welcome & Spiritual Pilgrims
10:00-11:00 AM 3. Naming the Truth and Next Steps
11:00-12:00 PM  4. A Plan for Identifying Congregational Values
12:00-12:30 PM  Lunch (included)
12:30-1:30 PM    5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
1:45-2:15 PM      6. Creating a Goal-Setting Canvas
2:15-2:45 PM      Next steps
2:45-3:00 PM      Spiritual Pilgrims

Location: Faith Lutheran Church, Dickenson, TX
Presenter: Deacon Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD
Host: Pastor Richard Rhoades, Dean

Why is this seminar worth your time?

Each session is designed to include leadership skills and conversation to help you revitalize your congregation.

  1. The Leadership Edge focuses on practicing adaptive leadership, a key to guiding your congregation through a time of transition.
  2. The Power of Storytelling provides tools for taking what is learned in the seminars into the whole congregation.
  3. Name the Truth and Next Steps presents keys to a process with integrity and intentional forward movement.
  4. A Plan for Identifying Congregational Values offers ways to fast-track values that can guide your work.
  5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team sets your team up to work together, building trust and doing the hard work of Christian leadership through this time of change in our world.
  6. Creating a Goal-Setting Canvas prepares you to leave the seminar with a specific plan that makes sense for your congregation.

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What other resources will we use together?

LEAD tools include Faithful Metrics, the Tune In Guide and our digital resources.

In addition, LEAD draws on the most current social science research for our seminars. That means we are constantly reading, researching and discovering new information. We will use the following books as sources for our work.

You are welcome to purchase these for your own library or to count on us to bring you the content. Click on the images for links to Amazon.