In August, Rev. Dallas Lenear talked with the pastors in the Refine track of the Summer Clergy Learning Retreats about how to communicate with givers, and how to lower the barriers to giving.
Resources from the Summer Clergy Learning Retreats
This summer, two dozen pastors met regularly to discuss a variety of tools for congregational management, for running meetings, for dealing with conflict. They talked openly with each other about the stresses inherent in a life of ministry. They had opportunities for sabbath rest. While an article cannot give you rest or a fireside chat with fellow pastors, it can give you the list of the tools and resources that emerged as helpful.
Pastor as Shepherd
In this final article about metaphors for pastoring, we explore the nitty-gritty of a shepherd’s work. How do you lead sheep who wander, who make messes and give you lice, who are ripe for predators? From the middle.
Practice can’t make perfect unless you’re practicing the right way and heading in the same direction
“Every trustee gets trained. You’ve just got to decide whether you’ll be the one training them.”
(or What We Learned On Our Summer Vacation)
Three groups of pastors and ministry leaders met this summer to learn about tools to help them be more effective leaders, both at church and at home. Here’s how it went.
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Every meeting needs attention to prayer, purpose, product, probable issues, and process -- and every meeting requires a lot of preparation.
Written Job Descriptions
How a written job description is a tool to help ministry leaders succeed. It’s a tool to guide training and discipleship of the leader. It’s a tool to help avoid conflict between pastors and ministry leaders, but when conflict does arise, it provides a way forward. That’s powerful work for a one-page document.
#2 in a series of three articles about metaphors for pastoral leadership
A coach calls it training, a pastor calls it discipleship. For both the coach and pastor, success is not their own: it lies in the actions of the athlete and church member. At the same time, the athlete and church member needs what the coach and pastor provide.
Family Leadership Initiative “takes over” Meijer Gardens
The Hope Rally is both celebration of and encouragement for the work done by both volunteers and participants of Family Leadership Initiative -- and an opportunity to take families out of the daily grind to enjoy each other.
The five-finger vote
“The primary tool for pastoral leadership outside preaching and teaching is meetings. And so many people lead bad meetings.” Rev. Tony Campbell teaches us how to use the five-finger vote to build consensus and lead a better meeting.
#1 in a series of three articles exploring metaphors for pastoral leadership
Superheroes are extraordinary lone heroes who often leave devastation in their wake. Gardeners are patient and generous stewards who understand how to tend their plants through challenges so the garden can still be healthy and fertile. Which sounds more sustainable to you?
What can pastors do when they are pressed by troubles from every side and are weary down to their bones?
How having written policies and expectations can give a church more time and energy for its true mission
At the first Lunch and Learn Session, pastors and church board members learned about solutions to recurring organizational and administrative problems.
Not two weeks in the woods, but experiences to help pastors recharge themselves and their ministries
GoH is gathering pastors and ministry leaders in small groups for experiences that will give them (1) access to experts to help them work through the conflicts and hurts that often result from a life in ministry; (2) opportunities to rest, recharge, and make friends across denominational lines; and (3) tools and skills to help them better manage themselves, their boards, and their congregations.
Celebrating the strengths of the tiny church
While megachurches get a lot of attention, over half of American congregations have fewer than 100 regular attenders. But don’t cry for them. They have strengths that help their people thrive: intimacy, vulnerability, and a focus on discipleship.
Pastors and community leaders come together to hear from Luis and Kevin Palau
Pastors and community leaders in Grand Rapids hear from Luis and Kevin Palau about the Palau Association philosophy--“Love and serve the community with no strings attached, based on the needs, not on a program, and joyfully proclaim the Gospel”--and consider whether to do a big event together in the future.
How stories help us rehearse the people we will be
What influences our action? Not our thoughts, not our ideas. Imagination. Story. Narrative.
Leader of Hispanic Ministry Certificate Program makes a difference in his students and in our city
Dr. Mariano Avila is granted the 2015 Community Service Award for his leadership of the Hispanic Ministry Certificate program, a collaboration between Calvin Seminary and Gatherings of Hope.