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Leadership Training Event 2017 Workshop Descriptions

(Pick two for registration)

  1. Pastor and Council Relationship: Healthy Boundaries and a Vibrant Working Relationship This workshop will explore the landscape of what a healthy Pastor and Council leadership partnership looks like. We will examine the risks of the over-functioning pastor and under-functioning pastor.  What does it create when it happens?  What does it look like?   When things are unhealthy how can we find a remedy?  The “Mirror Diagram” will be used as a quick assessment tool. This workshop is led by two pastors with over 50 combined years of Council/Elder meetings in a wide variety of churches large and small. (Rev. Pete Byma and Rev. Art Van Wolde.)
  2. Ministry in the Context of Trauma  What must we do to be ready for people who have suffered from trauma in their life? This workshop will provide an overview on the intersection of faith, spirituality, and trauma.  Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on ways to respond to individuals and communities that suffer from trauma of various kinds and PTSD. (Dr. Danjuma Gibson, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care, Calvin Theological Seminary)
  3. Life-on-Life Disciple-Making  By definition disciples make disciples. Using that definition most congregations have only a handful of true disciples. How could this change? How can a congregation be filled with disciple-makers growing others into a deeper faith journey? In this workshop a life-on-life discipleship plan will be explored and new curriculum resources will be shared. (Rev. Keith Doornbos, Director Church Renewal Lab)
  4. Parish Ministry in the Suburban Context In this workshop we will explore what discipleship, evangelism and Christian community look like in today’s suburban context. If we are to reach our unchurched friends, co-workers, and neighbors with the good news of the Kingdom in our rapidly changing world, it’s time we start thinking differently about what it means to be church together. Join Corey for a conversation about what this might look like in your context. (Corey VanHuizen is the pastor of the Caledonia Gathering, a growing network of house churches that meets together for worship in Caledonia, MI.)
  5. What’s Race Got To Do With It? II Corinthians 5 calls us to the “ministry of reconciliation.” Yet, often as churches, we want to avoid these conversations because they are too painful, divisive or may seem irrelevant to our context.  This workshop will go beyond the typical “race” conversation and explore three ways the sin of racism has managed to damage, control and misshape ALL of our God-given identities as well as the witness of Christ’s church. (Kafi Carrasco, Stacia Hoeksema, and Laura Pritchard, Madison Square Church and CORR – Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation)
  6. Community Connecting and the Role of the Deacon Are you a Deacon or missions leader who is passionate about serving and connecting your church to their community? Deacons have an important role in Kingdom growth that is not just tied to the church building itself. Rather, it goes beyond the walls, beyond the church business, and reaches into neighborhoods and into the space of our everyday life. Where do you get gas? Where do you buy groceries? Where do you get served? In this workshop we will learn practical ways to love and serve those who are serving you for the growth of the Kingdom. (Amy Zwiep, Volunteers In Service Development Director, Former Christian School Educator and Administrator)
  7. The VIS Contact: Catalyst for Congregational Community Connection The VIS Contact and others in a congregation serves as a critical link between people in the community with needs and servant-hearted volunteers from the congregation. This session will provide practical information for VIS Contacts in serving the needs of neighbors in an efficient, effective, and compassionate manner. This includes ways to assess the serving capabilities of your congregation. (David Lundberg, MSW, Rosemary Tymes, MSW—Volunteers In Service Connecting Staff)
  8. Someone is on the “Outside” Looking In—Now what?  In Matthew 9:11-13 Jesus tells His critics that the healthy don’t need a doctor. He is here to help the “sick.” The same message is echoed in Luke 5:31-32 where Jesus tells a parable about the Master inviting society’s outcasts to the grand banquet. These are two of many passages that make it clear that the Good News is for all people and that the church has a special calling to reach those on the margins. In this workshop we will discuss how we can effectively reach out to those on the “outside” and how to create an environment that will show them Jesus. (Duke Gray, Vice-Chair of Elders and Leader of the S.H.A.L.O.M. (Servanthood, Humility, Accountability, Love, Obedience and Mercy) Ministry at Kentwood Christian Church)
  9. How is God Growing a Prayer Culture in our Churches? Several Prayer Coordinators are going to share stories of God’s work in the church and in the community through prayer. We’ll look at how we can weave prayer in our service and ministry. We will practice praying the Scripture (lectio divina), and learn how to prayer shield the church pastor and leadership and discover how prayer ministry affirms the sanctity of human life and blesses the people we serve. (Felicia Bud, Prayer Coordinator for Classis Grand Rapids South)
  10. A Sense of Urgency Every church is urgent about something. It may be children’s programs, holding on to young adults, having vibrant worship and more. What is your church urgent for? Is it urgent for the right things? And how do you move from being urgent to actually getting the urgent done. Join this workshop to learn about the importance of urgency and a process to turn the urgent into reality. (Rev.Larry Doornbos, Lead Pastor Evergreen Ministries)
  11. Developing Missional Fitness There are “couch to 5K” training plans, but not “couch to marathon” training plans.  Training for a marathon requires developing a number of practices and habits that will help you strengthen your fitness level over a longer period of time.   Developing a mission-shaped congregation is like training for a marathon.  It also requires developing practices and habits that, over time, help you meet the opportunities of your missional context today.  In this session we will discuss how a congregation can evaluate its current missional fitness, develop training practices and habits, and celebrate wins along the way. (Rev. Amy Schenkel, Great Lakes Regional Leader)
  12. How does Leadership and Faith “Move” from One Person to Another?  How does the leadership baton get passed from one generation to the next? What is the “mechanism” that makes the transfer of matters such as faith, or leadership –or even skills– possible? This session will linger over these sorts of questions, give hands on and practical tools to make these actions possible, and finally it will press hard towards having participants engage in active Kingdom mentoring. Please don’t attend if you aren’t ready to act! (Rev. Geoff VanderMolen, Director of Vocational Formation, Calvin Theological Seminary)
  13. Ministry to and With Millennials  There has been a lot of conversation about the Millennials, people born between the mid-1980s and 1990s (generally, 1984 – 1997).  Is this generation so different from previous ones, and if so, how?  How are they impacting the church?  How does our ministry need to be tweaked in order to serve and engage them?  Join the chaplains of Calvin College as they talk about their work with this generation and share their best practices for engaging the next generation. (Facilitated by Rev. Mary Hulst , Chaplain Calvin College)
  14. Neighborhood Revitilization—Roosevelt Park Community What does it mean to simply be faithfully present in the neighborhood God has called you to, and what does that mean for members of the church and the community? Roosevelt Park Community is embarking on a significant revitalization project where church, school, business leaders and community stakeholders have come together for the betterment of their community. Hear about their journey as their preferred future slowly becomes a reality. (Rev. Reggie Smith, Director of Office of Race Relations and Social Justice, CRCNA)

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