Building a Terrific Team: Staff Ministry in the Large Church
This seminar for lead pastors and 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 a staff appreciation for the uniqueness of large churches, as well as the practical skills and model for helping large churches to be effective in ministry will be examined. The key issues that this seminar will focus on to help the church successfully make the necessary transition to grow are results-based job descriptions and the principles of staff coherence and effective functioning.
This will be a particularly helpful orientation for those new in their role. Participants will then meet in one follow-up session for ongoing support and to help implement the principles shared in the seminar, as well as to address specific questions and concerns regarding continuing, effective ministry.
The seminar will be held at Peoria First UMC, July 24-25, 2012. Times for the sessions are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 24 and 9 a.m. to noon on July 25. A follow-up session will be held Feb. 5, 2013, at the United Methodist Center in Springfield from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration is $50 for the first registrant from a church; $30 for additional registrants from the same church/charge. The registration fee for each seminar includes lunch, dinner and materials. Accommodations and other meals are on your own.
Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Peoria offers discounted rates if you identify your relationship to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
Seminar Leader: Dr. Doug Anderson is executive director of the Bishop Reuben Job Center for Leadership Development at Dakota Wesleyan University. He was a district superintendent and pastor of several growing churches of different sizes in The United Methodist Church and now also serves on the Indiana Conference Congregational Development Team. He has lead a variety of practical church seminars and consultations for more than 25 years. He is a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the Upper Room. He has taught at the United Methodist School of Congregational Development (including Copenhagen, Denmark) for the last seven years -- and will teach a ministry track again this year in Nashville, Tenn. He is the co-author with Bishop Michael Coyner of the award-winning book, The Race to Reach Out. And best of all, his seminars are energetic, effective and fun.
The seminar is co-sponsored by the IGRC Cabinet and the IGRC Equipping and Connecting Team.