Discerning Missional Leadership

March 12, 2014 - March 15, 2014


Discerning Missional Leadership

A Potential New Planters Assessment

March 12-15, 2014


Discerning Missional Leadership: A Potential New Planters Assessment offers an in depth series of assessment tools and on site experiences over a four day period designed to identify appropriate leadership for starting new churches. This program is for people who have completed Starting New Worshipping Communities and have discerned that they wish to pursue developing a new ministry or others who have attended similar programs and have been endorsed by their judicatories to attend.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, March 12
2:00 pm – Reception and Orientation
4:30 – 4:45 pm – Break
5:30 – 6:45 pm – Dinner
7:00 -8:30pm – Social Base Conversation

Thursday, March 13
7:30 – 8:20 am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 am Worship and Reflection – Seeking the Shalom of the City
9:15 – 10:00 am – Missional Theology and Praxis
10:00 am – 1:30pm – Neighborhood Exegesis and lunch out including debrief
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Four Tasks of Starting New Worshiping Communities
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Break – Assessment team meets
5:30 – 6:45 pm – Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 pm – Strengthsfinder/Core Clarity overview – Team Building

Friday, March 15
7:30 – 8:20 am – Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am – Worship and Reflection
9-11:45 – City Trek Exercise (in and around Princeton)
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch back at seminary
1:15-3:15 – First round of interviews (requires one room for each person being assessed)
3:30-5:30 – Second round of interviews
6:00 pm – Dinner – Participants on their own.

Saturday, March 16
7:30 – 8:20 am- Breakfast
8:30 – 10 am Worship/Reflection and Closing
10:15 am – 12:00 pm – Assessment Candidate Feedback
12:00 pm – Lunch


Shannon_Kiser(EDIT)Rev. Shannon Kiser is the Director of the Presbyterian Center for New Church Innovation, East Coast and field staff for the PCUSA Office of Church Growth. She coaches leaders and teams working toward new expressions of church, works with national leaders in church planting to develop strategy for church planting, leads the new worshiping community internship program, speaks with presbyteries and groups about how they can get involved in new and transformation ministry, blogs for the Presbyterian Outlook, and serves on the writing team for PCUSA church planting resources. Shannon currently serves as Parish Associate for Riverside Presbyterian Church.

Ann SteigerwaldAnn Steigerwald serves PCUSA as a consultant in coordinating the Discerning Missional Leadership assessments with Craig Williams. She also works as the Director of Human Resources for Christian Associates International, a global church planting organization. Raised in Canada, she and her husband Dan lived 17 years in the Netherlands where they helped plant international churches in major cities of Europe. Ann has a passion for identifying and empowering leaders for missional church initiatives. Ann currently lives in Portland OR where she enjoys the vibrant art scene and sustainable lifestyle focus of the city.

craig_williamsEDITRev. Craig Williams was organizing pastor of Trabuco Presbyterian Church, director of new church development for the Presbytery of the Cascades, and now serves as the Director of the Presbyterian Center for New Church Innovation, West Coast and field staff for the Office of Church Growth. He was instrumental in developing the coaching program and the PCUSA resources for church planting, and continues to serve on the writing teams and development of new resources. Craig coaches leaders, teams, cohorts, and planters as they work towards releasing new ministry, and is involved with several ecumenical and urban ministry cohorts. He leads the PCUSA church planter assessment initiative, and is a regular speaker at presbytery and national gatherings.



The registration fee is $265 (includes program, assessment & meals) for residents and $50 for PTS Student (includes only assessment). Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering and then click here to register online.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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