You are invited to a Church By Size Seminar thats just right for you!

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How many times have you gone to a seminar only to leave thinking that it just didn’t seem to fit us. Often it is because the facilitators have assumed a congregational size other than your own. Worship size has more to do with how and what things are done in the life of a congregation than any other factor – and often this gets overlooked. But not in the five Church By Size Seminarsbeing offered beginning March 7 in Lakeland at the Methodist Building.

 

 Chart out congregational size by worship attendance and you will find that there seem to be clear barriers that are difficult for congregations to break through. Many times congregations are doing so many things right, but they just don’t seem to grow past some invisible glass ceiling. It can be quite frustrating to church leaders – both lay and clergy. What I learned from Doug Anderson is that it is often because a congregation is acting in some way that is perfectly normal and right for a smaller congregation, but not for the larger congregation they hope to become. No one I know talks about this in a more down to earth and practical way that enables church leaders to make the one or two key changes that free the congregation to grow naturally. 

Dr. Doug Anderson is executive director of the Bishop Rueben Job Center for
 Leadership Development at Dakota Wesleyan University and Associate Director of
 Church Development for the Indiana Annual Conference. He has been a district superintendent and pastor of growing UM churches of different sizes. He has led
practical church seminars and consultations for over 25 years.
Each seminar has two parts. The initial teaching portion of the seminar lasts two days in March. Then in September, after you have had the opportunity to try things out, there is a follow-up day to discuss how things are doing. The costs for this seminar is only about $25 a day, including lunch (transportation and housing, if needed, not included). 
You can register on-line by clicking the Church By Size Seminarslogo in the upper right hand corner of the conference website (www.flumc.org). We hope that you will bring a team with you, so we priced the seminars accordingly. For each seminar (three days and three lunches) it is $89 for the first person, $75 for the second person and $60 for all additional persons. 
Scholarships are available thru Sherri Lingle please contact her at slingle@flumc.org
The seminars are capped at 75 participants and we currently have room in each of the seminars. Which of the five seminars fits your congregation and your needs? Look over the following descriptions:
   
Building a Terrific Team: Staff Ministry in a Large Church
(Over 250 in Average Worship Attendance)
This seminar for staff members of larger churches will provide a solid understanding of the nature and functioning of a large church, as well as its staff. Some key issues that will be explored include: creative leadership, staffing to grow, roles of various staff members, decision making, leadership development, staff meetings, rules and rituals, strategies for change, purpose and vision, communication, staff principles, discipling and spiritual growth. The importance of building the staff’s appreciation of the uniqueness of large churches and the practical skills for helping large churches be effective in ministry will be examined. The key issues that this seminar will focus on to help large churches make the transition to grow are results-based job descriptions and principles of staff coherence
 and effective functioning.
The seminar will be held March 9-10, 2011 and the follow-up session September 29, 2011
in the Third Floor Board Room at the new Methodist Building in Lakeland.
March 10, 2011              (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)
September 29, 2011          (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Includes lunch March 9 & September 29
 
Leading a Church Staff: Basic Tools for Effective Lead Pastors
The role of the lead pastor is an exciting and challenging one as a spiritual leader. Helping people be effective as lead pastors is the goal of this seminar. Participants will focus attention and discussion on issues and topics central to the ministry of a lead pastor: staff roles, developing mission and vision, staff covenant, coaching a staff communication, developing leaders, staff systems and functioning, and growing spiritual community. Participants will learn models, tips, theories and practical handles to help them function compassionately, competently and confidently as lead pastor.  The key issues that this seminar will focus on to help the church successfully make the necessary transition to grow are purposeful leadership, coaching staff and developing a leadership network.
The seminar will be held March 10-11, 2011 and the follow-up session September 28, 2011
in the Third Floor Board Room at the new Methodist Building in Lakeland.
March 10, 2011                       (1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
March 11, 2011                       (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
September 28, 2011              (4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Includes lunch March 11 and dinner September 28
 
Beyond the Barrier: Ministry for Becoming a Large Church
(175-250 Average Worship Attendance)
A church that has an average worship attendance of 175-250 has been described as the awkward size: too large to be a small, family-style church and not large enough to sustain all of the programs and staff of a large church. Participants in this seminar will be equipped to meet the challenge of making disciples for Jesus Christ, and thereby growing, by sharing strategies and models in these ministry areas: multiple and varied worship celebrations, caring systems and small group ministries, organizational issues and decision-making processes, fund raising and stewardship, volunteerism and spiritual gifts, assimilation of newcomers, participation and ministry teams. The key issues that this seminar will focus on to help the church successfully make the transition to grow are new worship services and developing ministry teams.
The seminar will be held March 7-8, 2011, and the follow-up session September 28, 2011
in the Third Floor Board Room at the new Methodist Building in Lakeland.
March 7, 2010                       (10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
March 8, 2010                         (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
September 28, 2011              (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Includes lunch each day
 
Mastering the Middle: Ministry in a Mid-Sized Church
(100-175 Average Worship Attendance)
 
This size church (100-175 average worship attendance) has some interesting and challenging dynamics. It is small enough to act like a small church, to the detriment of continuing outreach and growth. The issues to be addressed during this seminar include: caring systems, decision-making processes, assimilation of newcomers, discipling, the pastoral role of care and leadership, small group life, ministry specialties and developing lay ministries. The key issues that this seminar will focus on to help the church successfully make the necessary transition to grow are
meeting nights and mentoring, monthly ministry and a care system.
 
The seminar will be held March 23-24, 2011, and the follow-up September 27, 2011
in the Third Floor Board Room at the new Methodist Building in Lakeland.
March 23, 2011           (10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
March 24, 2011           (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
September 27, 2010   (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Includes lunch each day
Extending the Church Family: Ministry in a Small Church
(less than 100 Average Worship Attendance)
Key issues in a small church that averages less than 100 in worship are care, worship, and decision making. How to do these well and appropriately in a small church will be the central focus of this seminar. Participants will explore the style of caring and assimilation consistent with a family church, administration and decision making that strengthens and broadens the church family and how family systems theory can particularly and specifically be helpful for understanding and respecting the dynamics at work in a small church, especially with matriarchs and patriarchs. The key issues that this seminar will focus on to help the church successfully make the necessary transition to grow are developing groups, team leadership and effective care. The seminar will also explore the
dynamics of multi-point charges in a fresh and helpful fashion.
 
The seminar will be held March 21-22, 2011 and the follow-up September 26, 2011
In the Third Floor Board Room at the new Methodist Building in Lakeland
March 21, 2011           (10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
March 22, 2011           (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
September 26, 2011    (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Lunch included each day
 


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