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  • Mon
    06
    Feb
    2017
    Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017
    2:00 pmFamily Resource Center - Baptist Children's Home - Thomasville, NC

    The time between permanent pastors is an important time for a faith community.  Members often operate at maximum capacity as they make crucial decisions about the future direction of the congregation. Their experience is enhanced by engaging a leader specifically trained in the dynamics of transition.

    This conference will prepare participants to:

    • Develop a covenant with a congregation that clearly describes the responsibilities of the interim minister and the congregation.
    • Enter a congregation in order to more quickly join with them in ministry.
    • Study the health of a congregation and determine where they might need assistance.
    • Articulate the role of the interim pastor in planning for the congregation’s future, including appropriate contact with the Pastor Search/Call Committee.
    • Prepare the congregation for the coming of a new minister.
    • Exit a congregation in a way that models good closure for ministry and the opening of a new chapter in the faith community’s life.

    Interim Ministry 1 is designed to meet the basic needs of traditional interim ministers. For those who want to apply for advanced training in intentional interim ministry (Interim Ministry 2), this introductory course qualifies as 17 of the 85 required hours.

    The conference begins on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and will end on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

    Tuition is $550.  A $100 scholarship is available for NC Baptist pastors, and for CBF-affiliated pastors from any state.  There are additional charges for housing, meals and breaks.  The total cost is $735 (for single accommodations, meals, and breaks), or $620 (for commuters; meals and breaks included).  The total cost for pastors qualifying for the scholarships mentioned above is $635 (single) or $520 (commuter).  

    Please note: a quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants.  The Center reserves the right to cancel any training event that does not reach a minimum of 10.  Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

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  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017
    Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 amCamp Paron, Paron, Arkansas

    The time between permanent pastors is an important time for a faith community.  Members often operate at maximum capacity as they make crucial decisions about the future direction of the congregation. Their experience is enhanced by engaging a leader specifically trained in the dynamics of transition.

    This conference will prepare participants to:

    • Develop a covenant with a congregation that clearly describes the responsibilities of the interim minister and the congregation.
    • Enter a congregation in order to more quickly join with them in ministry.
    • Study the health of a congregation and determine where they might need assistance.
    • Articulate the role of the interim pastor in planning for the congregation’s future, including appropriate contact with the Pastor Search/Call Committee.
    • Prepare the congregation for the coming of a new minister.
    • Exit a congregation in a way that models good closure for ministry and the opening of a new chapter in the faith community’s life.

    Interim Ministry - 1 is designed to meet the basic needs of traditional interim ministers. For those who want to apply for advanced training in intentional interim ministry (Interim Ministry - 2), this introductory course qualifies as 17 of the 85 required hours.

    The conference begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and will end on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

    Tuition is $550.  A $100 scholarship is available for AR Baptist pastors, and for CBF-affiliated pastors from any state.  There are additional charges for housing, meals and breaks.  The total cost is $628.25 (for single accommodations, meals, and breaks).  The cost for pastors qualifying for the scholarship mentioned above is $528.25.

    Please note: a quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants.  The Center reserves the right to cancel any training event that does not reach a minimum of 10.  Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

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  • Mon
    03
    Apr
    2017
    Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    2:00 pmEagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center - Lynchburg, VA

    The purpose of Interim Ministry 2 (The Work of the Congregation) is to help participants learn to lead a congregation through the Intentional Interim Ministry process. The training, therefore, contains information related to:

    • the formation, orientation and facilitation of a team to work on the five focus points of an interim congregation;
    • methods by which a congregation can work with these focus points;
    • additional resources to assist the congregation with conflict and other possible issues.

    Participants must complete the introductory course, Interim Ministry 1 (The Work of the Minister), before they are eligible to enroll in this training event.

    Interim Ministry 2 consists of this 5-day Residential Lab, an individual field project, and participation in a series of conference calls.  Specific dates and times for the conference calls will be scheduled during the Lab.

    The cost of tuition and materials is $1,095...

    • TOTAL cost (including single room, meals, breaks): $1,505
    • TOTAL commuter costs (meals and breaks only): $1,235

    Limited scholarships are available for CBF clergy - dependent upon need and availability at the time the application is submitted.  Scholarship request must be indicated on application form.

    Please Note: A quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants. The minimum number of learners required for the residential lab experience is 10 participants. We reserve the right to cancel any training event that does not reach this minimum number of participants.  Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

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  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017
    9:00 - 10:00 AMHubbard Learning Center, Sticht Center, WFBMC

    Many congregations are facing significant challenges—declining attendance, lower giving, and a lack of engagement with young adults, to name a few. This session will provide an overview of some of the most recent research on US congregations and some insights into how congregations can be healthier and more effective in their mission and ministry.

    Dr. Chris Gambill, Director of the Center for Congregational Health will be the presenter. As a Baptist pastor and consultant, he has experience with the challenges of today’s faith institutions.  He will speak from this experience and share what he has learned about flourishing congregations.  Chris has been with the Center for Congregational Health since its beginning in 1992 and currently directs the Center’s work. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Capella University (Ph.D.). Chris received certification as an Intentional Interim Minister through the Center for Congregational Health®. He has previously been Sr. Consultant at the Center, and is a Board Certified Coach. Chris is also an ordained Baptist minister and has served previously as a pastor, interim pastor and as a campus minister at UNC-Charlotte, NC State University, and Appalachian State University. He and his wife Joy also served as student workers in Taiwan, Republic of China. He has extensive experience helping individuals and groups in managing interpersonal and intergroup conflict; developing capacity and skill in utilizing emotional intelligence; creating participative processes for strategic planning; facilitating staff team development; improving job performance; developing effective communication and dialogue processes; and providing individual and team leadership coaching.

    Cost: FREE (includes light breakfast)

    Registration Deadline: August 21, 2017

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  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    Fri
    29
    Sep
    2017
    10:30 amHeathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA

    Understanding the fine distinctions between “CHANGE” and “TRANSITIONS” is crucial for those ministers serving in a connectional system. This topic is addressed in "Pastoral Transitions," a special course being held on September 28th and 29th at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr., Vancouver, WA. This event is sponsored by Bishop Staccato Powell, Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church. The course will take place during the “Explosion 2017 - Dare to Believe Festival.”

    This course consists of five hours, and will be conducted over two days:  On Thursday (9/28/17), we'll begin at 10:30 AM and end at 3:30 PM (breaks/lunch are included during this time-frame).  On Friday (9/29/17), we'll start at  10:30 AM and conclude at 12:30 PM.  Participants will receive a certificate in “Pastoral Transitions”, issued by the Center for Congregational Health.

    Tuition for this 5-hour (.5 CEU’s) course is $250. 

    Suggested housing: Heathman Lodge  (360-254-3100)

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  • Mon
    02
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    04
    Oct
    2017
    2:00 pmEagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center - Lynchburg, VA

    The time between permanent pastors is an important time for a faith community.  Members often operate at maximum capacity as they make crucial decisions about the future direction of the congregation. Their experience is enhanced by engaging a leader specifically trained in the dynamics of transition.

    This conference will prepare participants to:

    • Develop a covenant with a congregation that clearly describes the responsibilities of the interim minister and the congregation.
    • Enter a congregation in order to more quickly join with them in ministry.
    • Study the health of a congregation and determine where they might need assistance.
    • Articulate the role of the interim pastor in planning for the congregation’s future, including appropriate contact with the Pastor Search/Call Committee.
    • Prepare the congregation for the coming of a new minister.
    • Exit a congregation in a way that models good closure for ministry and the opening of a new chapter in the faith community’s life.

    Interim Ministry 1 is designed to meet the basic needs of traditional interim ministers. For those who want to apply for advanced training in intentional interim ministry (Interim Ministry 2), this introductory course qualifies as 17 of the 85 required hours.

    The conference begins on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and will end on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

    Tuition is $595.  A $100 scholarship is available from the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for BGAV and CBF pastors.  There are additional charges for housing, meals and breaks.  The total cost is $815 (for single accommodations, meals, and breaks), or $670 (for commuters; meals and breaks included).  The total cost for BGAV and CBF pastors is $715 (single) or $570 (commuter).  

    Please note: a quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants.  The Center reserves the right to cancel any training event that does not reach a minimum of 10.  Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

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  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    2:00 pmFamily Resource Center - Baptist Children's Home - Thomasville, NC

    Faith communities are looking for assistance in meeting the increasingly complex challenges of mission, ministry and congregational life. The programmatic, cookie-cutter answers once offered by denominations and traditional consultants are now often inadequate to meet these challenges. The need is growing for consultants who can provide more personalized, context-specific help to faith communities.

    To meet this growing need for qualified consultants, the Center for Congregational Health, in partnership with the Interim Ministry Network, is offering a process to train and develop consultants to work with faith communities.

    Dates: 

    The dates for the Residential Lab are October 23-27, 2017. The lab will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday and conclude Friday before noon, and will be conducted on the campus of the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville, North Carolina.  Specific dates and times for the fieldwork telephone conferences will be scheduled during the Residential Lab.

    Costs:

    • Standard: $1665
    • IMN members: $1565
    • CBF-related clergy and laity: $1565

    The above costs include tuition, materials, single room, meals and breaks during the event.  The cost for commuters is $1435 (standard) or $1335 (for IMN or CBF-related clergy and laity).

    Please note: a quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants. The Center reserves the right to cancel any training event that does not reach a minimum of 10. Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

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  • Mon
    30
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    18
    Dec
    2017
    3:00 pmWebinar

    Intro to coaching: (offered on-line through webinars and discussions)

    What is coaching?  How might I use coaching to strengthen my performance as a leader? Participants are introduced to the structure of coaching relationships, plus an introduction to a variety of coaching resources and tools. Also, participants will experience an introduction to group coaching and leadership with groups.  Special attention will be given to leadership in team settings and in ministry settings, as well as being attentive to leadership connected with faith and spirituality.  Coaching principles and practiced are disseminated through experiential practice.  Attention is given to how one can strengthen his/her everyday leadership role by using the skills and perspective of the art of coaching.  The International Coach Federation Core Competencies and Code of Ethics are presented and utilized in this session.  This is a prerequisite for Coach Training 2 Residential Lab.  A certificate and description of the hours will be issued for use toward certification.

    Webinar Format:  Intro to Coaching (16 hours)...

    Dates: Mondays, October 30 – December 18, 2017, 3 pm – 5 pm ET (Upon receipt of registration for the webinar format, information on how to               connect to the webinar will be sent to you.  You will receive a PDF manual for this training.)

    Cost: $595

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  • Mon
    06
    Nov
    2017
    Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017
    2:00 pmFamily Resource Center - Baptist Children's Home - Thomasville, NC

    The purpose of Interim Ministry 2 (The Work of the Congregation) is to help participants learn to lead a congregation through the Intentional Interim Ministry process. The training, therefore, contains information related to:

    • the formation, orientation and facilitation of a team to work on the five focus points of an interim congregation;
    • methods by which a congregation can work with these focus points;
    • additional resources to assist the congregation with conflict and other possible issues.

    Participants must complete the introductory course, Interim Ministry 1 (The Work of the Minister), before they are eligible to enroll in this training event.

    Interim Ministry 2 consists of this 5-day Residential Lab (November 6-10, 2017), an individual field project, and participation in a series of conference calls.  Specific dates and times for the conference calls will be scheduled during the Lab.

    The cost of tuition and materials is $1,195...

    • TOTAL cost (including single room, meals, breaks): $1,565
    • TOTAL commuter costs (meals and breaks only): $1,335

    Limited scholarships are available for CBF clergy - dependent upon need and availability at the time the application is submitted.  Scholarship request must be indicated on application form.

    Please Note: A quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants. The minimum number of learners required for the residential lab experience is 10 participants. We reserve the right to cancel any training event that does not reach this minimum number of participants.  Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

    Register for this course