Effective congregational council leadership is one of the most important roles in a faith community.
It starts with key leaders investing in learning more about following Christ as we lead the church through this time of great change in our world. Get perspective, make more effective decisions, and learn from other council leaders as you build your own toolbox and network.
The focus for this intensive includes:
Opening the Heart: Goals for Change
We know your congregation is not the same as every other church. Take research-based best practices and make them yours. This is the year for tough conversations that will move your church forward. Discover how to set the most crucial goals for your church this year, goals that are grounded in faith, vulnerability and awareness.
Deepening the Soul: Courageous Faith
We know that our love for God, ourselves and our neighbors are at the core of Christian leadership. Start with your council as a worshiping community within the congregation. Clear out space in your own life, and at the leadership table, to try out faith practices, building courage and shifting behaviors.
Expanding the Mind: Lead to Learn
We know you care about the people who gather regularly. We imagine you may be grieving for those who have left the church, possibly your own children. Yet we also know that over-focusing on these groups of people creates blind spots about your own neighborhood. Welcoming new people starts with opening your mind to know yourself better. This includes experimenting with new partnerships that can open your congregation to the neighborhood as you move from judger to learner.
Building Strength: Sparking Generosity
We know you are worried about money. We understand that there are never enough people to do the work. We recognize that the idea of “giving more” feels exhausting. Our experience has taught us that we can multiply our capacity and our resources when we take strategic risks. Generosity is a muscle exercised with a focus on what matters most.