Managing Polarities in Congregations

July 15, 2014 - July 17, 2014
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul MN


July 15-17, 2014     Managing Polarities in Congregations      Leadership

Polarities are those unavoidable, unsolvable, indestructible dilemmas of life. Our only choice with life polarities is to manage them, either well or poorly. Problems or conflicts usually involve either/or thinking. There is one solution to the issue. Polarities require both/and thinking. They have two right answers that are interlocked with each other. For example, our capacity to breathe involves the two poles of inhaling and exhaling. Each has an upside and a downside. The downside of one pole is answered by the upside of the opposite pole. Most of us, however, have a preference for one of these poles over the other. Whenever we favor one pole over the other we pay a price for that preference.

Thriving congregations have had to wrestle with at least eight key polarities. They have come to manage these polarities well, hence their ability to thrive. Other congregations are not managing these polarities well and they are struggling, either financially, or in loss of members, or in vitality. The following congregational polarities will be explored in depth at this workshop:

  • Tradition vs. innovation
  • Spiritual health vs. institutional health
  • Management vs. leadership
  • Strong clergy vs. strong lay leaders
  • Inreach vs. outreach
  • Nurture vs. transformation
  • Making disciples: Each process vs. challenging process
  • Managing volunteers: Duty vs. call

This workshop will also explore the inherent polarities involved in being an effective pastor within a congregation.

Graduate Credit: Available

Graduate Credit Advisor: David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

Tuition: $425

Contact Hours: 18

Class Times: Tuesday – Wednesday, 9 am – 5 pm Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm

Seminar Leader:

  • Roy Oswald, Executive Director, The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills

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