Congregational Council Intensive

A 4-week digital lab for leaders who want more than the status quo.
Starts Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Meet live, online 4 consecutive Tuesdays from 6-8 pm CST.

  • February 12
  • February 19
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 12 (bonus session – optional)

$198 per person.
ALL resources for the intensive are included, no additional fees.

Registration is closed. Contact LEAD if you are interested in being part of a future Intensive.

Welcome Council Leaders!

This four-week intensive is for leaders who are dissatisfied with the status quo and want to see their congregation thrive in a changing world. LEAD is committed to helping leaders like you ask important questions like these:

  • What mindset do I need to be a leader in this environment?
  • What skills are required for our council?
  • What knowledge is available and how can I energize my council to lead?

Leadership in this uncertain and complex time includes meaningful goals that grow trust by listening more than ever before, by humbly admitting what we don’t know in order to form a collaborative network of leaders who are not in competition, and by intentionally holding each other in prayer, trusting that the Holy Spirit is leading us. Each of the four weekly sessions will include preparation, new learning, actionable work and collaboration with others. As a pilot, we will learn together. There are many things we could do together; we have intentionally chosen to start with these four strategic areas.

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.