Preparing Congregations for Mission: Moving from Reflection to Action (CALL)


Online: April 9 – May 28, 2018

In Person: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Emmaus Hall, Collegeville, MN

This course integrates a theology of mission and the insights of asset-based community development to give clergy and lay leaders an urgently-needed toolkit for helping faith communities join in God’s mission. Especially relevant for leaders and faith communities at transition points, this course will delve into practices for discovering the unique identity of a faith community, reexamine resources and experiments that build relationships and awareness of the neighborhood, and explore emerging models of church management and leadership that can be sustainable today.

Instructor: Caroline McCall, Center for Church Vitality Caroline McCall Center for Church Vitality.jpg

Required Readings:

Peter Steinke, A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope (Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2010).

Mark Lau Branson and Juan F. Martinez, Churches, Cultures & Leadership (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011).

William M. Kondrath, Facing Feelings in Faith Communities (Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2013).

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In-Person Workshop on May 5, 2018| 8:30 – 3:30pm | Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville, MN

Mindset and Practice in Christian Leadership

What does family systems theory offer to the practice of leadership in the church? How does a Christian put self-differentiation into practice? What do leaders who live and lead appreciatively bring to the challenges of change in the church? How can leaders enhance their own capacity for learning as they build momentum toward a mission-focused church? These questions and more will be explored in this one-day workshop for both clergy and lay leaders. Drawing on the work of Murray Bowen, Edwin Friedman, Chris Argyris, and others, we will define the link between leadership mindset and leadershippractice. Using case studies, we will move from theoretical understanding to practical experience. Each participant will have the opportunity to assess the assumptions and commitments that underlie their personal practice of leadership. With this understanding, each participant will define an intentional path toward increased effectiveness as a leader in the church.

Cost for the full course (online and in-person workshop): $300

You can also register for the in-person workshop only for $50.

Registration info coming soon.