Affinity Groups Launching Soon – Register Now!
We know you are hungry for time each week with people who are facing some of the same leadership challenges you are. There’s never enough time in the day for self care, but times like this call for a commitment to our own healthy habits.
Habits are no joke. They are life changing and life giving. We already have them. From the first cup of coffee in the morning to the way we brush our teeth before going to bed, we are a bundle of habits. These little things add up over time to expand our world of possibilities or to shut them down.
Pandemic fatigue exists, Our habits have been disrupted and this is proof that we can change. Think about all the new normals: masks, hand sanitizer, online school, and handwashing (which we always knew was a good idea, but barely invested in until now).
What if hope was a habit? Now that you are frowning (or smiling?), ask yourself this: Could I make it a habit this year to have the kind of hope Paul was writing about in Romans 15:13? LEAD is offering you a chance to develop a new practice (yes, habit!) that will grow hope. We promise.
Community is life-giving. Isolation, grief and fear are eroding our sense of self. We can change this. We have the power to build meaningful communities. Most of us struggle to build our own affinity groups, yet we know that personally practicing community will spark imagination and give us the strength to create community for others. Time with people like us, in similar situations, is Sacred Time. Investing in yourself is one of the responsibilities of leadership.
- Each group will be facilitated by two experienced guides
- Groups will meet for one hour per week, for 12 weeks
- Groups will meet on Zoom
What kind of group brings you hope? Sign up now for one of the groups we are starting soon, or identify your own group. We need 8 people, or 5 couples to make a group. We are kicking off these new groups in February:
Working on anti-racism in a church
This group of white people will wrestle with white supremacy, systems of oppression in our country, and our own voice as we find words to speak into the injustices around us. We will read scripture and use several books, videos and others resources to shape our conversation.
Serving as both pastors and parents
Managing responsibilities at home, nurturing faith and all of life with children, and maneuvering all of the dynamics of adaptive ministry are exhausting. Join other parents (bring your partner!) as you shape new habits, filled with grace, to remind you that you are not alone. Groups may meet after bedtime.
Committing to a church board as an elected leader
So you are elected to a board, council, or vestry and wondering what to do next? Join this group of other leaders like yourself, as we clarify roles, focus our time on what matters most, and wrestle with the hard decisions we need to make leading through change.
Ministering in the first five years as a pastor or deacon
There is so much that you didn’t learn in seminary, like how to lead a church through a pandemic! Join peers, or gather your own group with seminary friends, as we navigate the steep rebuilding we have ahead of us.
What Can You expect?
- Sacred Time groups will include a regular practice of reading and reflecting on scripture, support for leading through change, and prayer; as we experience God in through intentional Christian community.
- Two guides, who are walking the walk of your affinity group, will facilitate conversation throughout the three-month experience.
- Peer support will offer challenge and accountability for meaningful discussions.