This workshop, presented at the TIIMS 2021 Gathering, offers a guide to uncharted territory. For many of us, the pandemic has been a dream killer. It began by cutting us off from our relatives and work-friends. Then came anxiety. Would COVID kill a loved one? What if I suffer an extended hospitalization? What will be the pandemic’s effect be on my long-term health, mental state, and relationships? Meanwhile, the churches that we serve are facing a double whammy.
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I'm doing a writing workshop at Olmsted Manor (Ludlow, PA) August 25-27, 2019 - check it out @ http://www.olmstedmanor.org/writing-workshop.html
For:Anyone who feels that they have a book, poem, or play inside them that needs published. Workshop will cover three areas: 1) the nature of creativity and why we write, 2) tools for better writing, 3) publishing and finding an audience.
How to heal the past, be compassionate today, and nonanxious for the future Intentional interim ministers have a tool box they use to bring Shalom to traumatized and conflicted congregations. That same tool box can helpful for individuals seeking Shalom. To find inner peace we must learn from our past, live compassionately in the present, and plan without anxiety for our future. This is more than simply a balancing act. One must develop a healthy decision making process. One must understand the roles and relationships that provide structure for our individual lives.
The goals that we adopt at charge conference and the hopes lifted up in council meetings rarely bring about real change. Like failed New Year’s resolutions, last year’s church plans go unimplemented. Instead of developing another mission statement that no one remembers, why not learn how to lead your whole church in a process of prayerful discernment? Workshop leader Bill Kemp is the author of Reality Check 101 and eight other books targeted at bringing about system-wide change in the local church.
"To understand is hard. Once one understands, action becomes easy." (Sun Yat Sen) This is especially true of the church. We may hope and pray for renewal, but until we understand what is holding us back, our every action is ineffective. Three questions have been proven effective in leading to both understanding and action:
1) What is the nature of the church?
2) Where is society taking us?
3) What does God call us to do? (our unique vocation).
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