Creating Vision – One of the great needs in the church is vision. Here, we explore the reason for vision, consider a biblical perspective of vision, and guide the process for creating a vision uniquely designed to the congregation. The process includes writing a narrative description of where the church is now followed by a narrative description of what the church might look like in the future (10-15-20 years ahead). While the full development of the vision takes longer than the seminar, the church will have a solid and secure foundation to kick-start the process as groups work together to create a personalized vision for the church.

 

Finding Our Grit – Based on Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, this seminar and lessons consider the level of our passion and the nature of biblical perseverance. While we discuss areas we are excited and enthused about, the underlying thought here goes to the root of the word passion, which means “to suffer.” Therefore, in order to discover our passion, we must learn more about our inner-self. What we are willing to sacrifice–to give up–in order to achieve our goals? This is where perseverance is critical.  There are several assessments available, such as Birkman, Myers-Briggs, Taylor-Johnson, Strengths Based, etc. that are built around learning strengths and weaknesses beneficial in developing our leadership and working together as a team of leaders. The point of this seminar is to dig more deeply into areas that involve the passion and perseverance to do what it takes to achieve success. This is where Grit is key.

 

Character Development – Character is fundamental to leadership. When we speak about character we describe our conduct when no one is watching. Far more than words or actions, character flows from the inside out. As one of the most critical components of these four seminars, character development builds on the concept of “leading out of being” rather than “doing.” Leadership begins with who we are, not just what we do. The belief is that if we are who we should be on the inside, the outside will naturally follow. Because this session is more individually based, it is important that congregations implement ways to promote character development among its members. This seminar explores, discusses, and applies methods that aid character development as leaders.

 

Strategic Planning – Strategic planning provides leaders essential tools that prepare the church to implement plans that achieve their vision. Based on the goals of the congregation, an established plan allows leaders an opportunity to build a bridge that connects where they are to where they want to be in the future. Strategic planning provides leaders with the fundamental components needed to develop details for goals and plans that assist churches achieve their vision. In this seminar, participants learn how to use S.W.O.T. analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats). Combined with understanding the current trends, a S.W.O.T. analysis enables leaders to plan and develop the most effective programs for church growth.