Pathway to Renewal: Leading Congregational Change

February 17, 2012 - February 19, 2012
Offered by
Fort Qu'AppelleSK

Pathway to Renewal
Leading Congregational Change

Friday, February 17 (6 pm supper) to Sunday, February 19 (1 pm)

Congregational renewal is more than re-tooling your mission statement or adding new programs. It requires a complete change of heart for the congregation – a renewal of people’s understanding of their relationship with God, their relationship with their community, and their sense of calling.

Using the principles and processes found in the book Pathway to Renewal, this workshop provides tools for assessing a congregation’s current reality regarding health and decline, presents a framework for understanding and addressing the deep cultural shifts facing the people of a congregation during congregational renewal, and teaches how to lead a congregation in the work of renewal.

Participants come away with an understanding of:

· the marks of health and indicators of decline

· the three sequential phases of renewal

· practical steps for addressing each phase

· the big challenges of congregational renewal

· what the congregation needs from clergy and lay leaders to move through renewal

Among the other tasks and challenges addressed are:
aligning the congregation’s focus with God’s aims
working creatively with resistance and conflict
establishing accountability structures to keep the movement forward
forming key leadership teams for the renewal phases
understanding where a congregation gets stuck and what to do.

Participants will take away an understanding of how to engage their congregation in the work presented in the workshop and handouts to use with their congregations.


Mary Huycke and Dan Smith, are certified co-active leadership coaches working with congregations and church leaders across North America. They are clergy members of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church and are endorsed by the UMC as Life Coaches. They have co-authored three books published by The Alban Institute: Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations (The Alban Institute, 2008), Practicing Right Relationship: Skills for Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment, and Increasing Effectiveness in Your Congregation (The Alban Institute, 2005), and, Redeveloping the Congregation : A How To For Lasting Change (The Alban Institute, 2003).

Their workshops utilize a variety of methodologies aimed at reaching different learning styles. While presenting solid cognitive material, participants are engaged in interactive processes supporting the integration of the material.

Contact Staff: Annette Taylor

Cost: $395 Decision Day: January 27

Registration cost increases 10% after this date.

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