Sign up now to attend the 2010 New Church Leadership Institute, October 11-14, 2010 at the Mount Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center, 150 NW Skyline Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.
Hosted by the Arkansas Conference and sponsored by PATH1, Connected in Christ and the South Central Jurisdiction, the New Church Leadership Institute offers advanced training to equip potential church planters with the knowledge and skills needed to start a new United Methodist church. The training will assist pastors and laity to discern if they are called to be a new church planter, prepare them with a variety of New Church Start strategies/models, connect each potential church planter with a successful new church planter, and more.
In the past, a new church pastor was selected based upon a host of factors such as, "Do we like the person?" "Are they from our tribe?" "Are they related to someone we know?" "Does it feel like they will do a good job?" "Are they likeable and outgoing?" "Do they really need this job?" and even, "Are they a warm and willing body?"
Jim Griffith writes, "The process through which new church pastors are recruited, assessed, trained and deployed determines the success or failure of any church planting system. The goal of an effective church planting system is to attract high quality candidates, clearly identify their strengths and patterns of behavior, develop their skill sets, and appoint them to a context in which they have an affinity for the target population. Taken together, these are the components for the foundation for starting strong, vital faith communities."
Registration fee is $595 per potential church planter (spouse may register for free). Registration fee is $295 for NCLI Alumni, District Superintendents, Conference staff or Conference committee members, senior pastors or laity accompanying the new church planter.
For more lodging, registration, or program information, visit Mount Sequoyah's website, or call 479.443.4531 or (toll free) 800.760.8126, or contact Rose Kuonen, Arkansas Conference, 501-324-8033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.