Register Now for Pathway to Renewal, Feb. 11

January 26, 2012

Register now for "Pathway to Renewal: An Introduction to Leading Transformational Ministry for Congregational Teams," Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Fairfield United Methodist Church.

Congregational renewal is more than re-tooling your mission statement or adding new programs. Congregational renewal occurs only when congregations have a complete change of heart and reorient their very understanding of the nature and purpose of their church.  
Workshop leaders Mary Huycke and the Rev. Dan Smith, certified co-active leadership coaches and members of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, are working with church leaders across North America to lead congregations through this process by providing the tools, principles, and skills to effect change and renewal in the church. They have co-authored three books published by The Alban Institute: Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations (2008); Practicing Right Relationship: Skills for Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment, and Increasing Effectiveness in Your Congregation (2005); and Redeveloping the Congregation: A How To for Lasting Change (2003).
During this one-day workshop, participants will obtain:
  • The tools to assess their congregation's vitality
  • A framework for understanding and addressing the deep cultural shifts facing our renewal
  • Key principles for leading a congregation in the challenging work of renewal.
In addition, participants will learn:
  • The three sequential phases of renewal
  • Practical steps for addressing each phase
  • The big challenges of leading renewal
  • What the congregation needs from clergy and lay leaders to move through renewal.
Follow-up coaching will be offered to participating teams, at a subsidized cost, for up to 18 months.
Cost of $10 per person includes lunch.
For more information, download flyer here, or contact Mahsa Farahani in the Districts Administration Center at or 916.374.1503.
Fairfield UMC is located at 1875 Fairfield Avenue, Fairfield, CA 94533. Get directions from Google Maps on the church's web page  (
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