Vital Conversations for Church Leaders

Needing a jump start of new ideas? Looking for conversation partners to explore options? Are you a new ministry leader? Join these vital conversations for church leaders to explore new ideas, learn in community, and foster creativity in ministry. The guiding principles for our vital conversations are:

  • Foster community and creativity
  • Facilitate spaces for co-creating and co-learning
  • Deepen Discipleship
  • Adapt/Strengthen Structures for Mission

All conversations will take place via zoom and will feature seminary faculty, churchwide staff, specialized ministry leaders, and others. The format will be conversation centered and offer deeper dive resources. Optional conversation cohorts are available. Sessions are open to rostered ministers, SAMs, and lay leaders. Leaders are invited to join one or all of the modules.

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Registration is required. Registration closes 1 week prior to the start of each module

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Upon the completion of each series, the topic and resources will be available for facilitated adult forums and retreats. Additional topics and modules will be created based on learnings from previous modules. Join us in learning and experimenting in community for the sake of the Gospel! Contact Deacon Erin Power: deaconerin@eandsynod.org with questions or for more information.

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  • Vital Church: Putting the Word in Worship

    This module will look at how worship has evolved and changed, the role of worship in our life of faith, and expanding our toolkit for sermons/proclamation. This module will be helpful for those involved in planning and leading worship.

    • History and Evolution of Worship
    • Worship as Formation
    • Liturgy: The Work of the People
    • Putting the Word in Worship: Creative Proclamation
    Tuesdays at 4:30pm: July 12, 19, 26, & August 2
  • Vital Church: Making Ministry Work

    This module will explore congregational history, identity, and community. Together we will explore ancient and new ways of being church and organizing for ministry. This module will be helpful for any congregation or leader looking for new ideas, discerning next steps, or looking to connect more deeply with their community.

    • History and Evolution of Church Leadership
    • Inside Out Church: DNA & Identity
    • Knowing Our Community
    • Making Ministry Work Part 1
    • Making Ministry Work Part 2
    Thursdays at 5:00pm: August 18 & 25, September 1, 8, & 15
  • Vital Church: Radical Hospitality

    This module will take a look at how we gather as community and explore how we might expand our welcome. We will also look how we are present with and in our communities. Congregations and leaders interested in outreach, evangelism, and mission should be a part of these conversations.

    • Who's Not Here & Gathering Well
    • Access and Attending to Barriers
    • Going out and Coming in
    • Loving & Serving our Neighbor
    • Exploring Reconciling in Christ

Optional Conversation & Experiment cohorts

Each module will offer an optional Conversation and Experiment Cohort to expand and deepen learning and creativity. Participants will be placed in a cohort of others who are interested in trying out new ideas and learnings around that particular topic. The cohort will meet with a coach once a month for six months.

Cost: $100