Lunch & Learn for Leaders (2022-2023)
Lunch & Learn for Leaders (2022-2023)
Lunch & Learn for Leaders Fall 2022 Workshop Series
Lunch & Learn for Leaders is a monthly series hosted by the Center for Transformational Leadership. Every third Thursday, join us at noon for an hour-long session of learning and discussion. Each month we will offer a bite-size opportunity to learn valuable concepts and practices from a subject expert. Our wide-ranging topics are relevant to areas of mission and ministry that you, our authorized ministers and lay leaders, have indicated are timely for your congregations.
January 19, 2023 - Building Congregational Legacies: We need to change the narrative of declining congregations from failure, closure, and death to legacy building, completion, and resurrection. God is present throughout this process. This is a conversation for all churches experiencing decline, and especially for churches that are facing viability concerns.
Session Presenter: Charlie was raised in the UCC on Long Island. After a career in healthcare management, Charlie was called to serve the Connecticut Conference in 2002. He brought his management skills and experience to the financial affairs of the Conference and consulting with congregations. In April of 2021, Charlie’s relationship with the SNEUCC changed from employee to consultant and he currently serves as the Legacy Church Specialist. Charlie is a member of the newly reunited Granby Congregational Church and lives in North Granby with his wife, Becky Sielman. Parents are only as happy as their least happy child, and Charlie and Becky are blessed with two happy adult children. REGISTER HERE
Completed - Lunch & Learn for Leaders Fall 2022 Workshop Series
September 15 - The Endemic Church: The Reality and Possibilities for Ministry Now and Over the Next Few Years: We know that the global pandemic has had a dramatic impact on faith communities, but what exactly is the impact? How is it changing attendance? Giving? Use of technology? The role of clergy? What are the implications for congregational leadership? Which of these changes were simply amplifications of existing trends and which were new avenues for ministry? Join us as we look at significant patterns from the Faith Communities Today Initiative, (www.FaithCommunitiesToday.org) which has tracked strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the congregations since 2000, and the first three pandemic surveys of the five-year project Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations (www.covidreligionresearch.org). Bring your questions; there will be ample time for Q&A.
Session Presenter: Dr. Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology of Religion and director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford International University.
October 20 - Coaching Services: Are you or your church envisioning something new? Are you or your congregation feeling stuck or struggling with tensions getting in the way of the work? Are you or your congregation needing an outside perspective to support you and accompany you as you move through a process? Have you heard all the talk about Coaching and wondered what it is and how it might help you or your congregation? Whether it is about feeling stuck or launching a new ministry, finding common ground and a common goal or discerning a new path, a Coach could be helpful for you or your congregation. Join Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk for a brief presentation about individual and group coaching, the process of working with a Together We Thrive Coach, and a special program that is re-launching in January of 2023.
Session Presenter: Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk, Director for the Center for Transformational Leadership and Program Director for Together We Thrive, an ecumenical initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment.
November 17 - Introduction to Christian Contemplative Practices: What does “contemplation” mean? When we “contemplate” an idea, contemplation implies something deeper than thinking only. In contemplation, we start from a place of mystery and an acceptance of not knowing. This is often called the “mystical” dimension of faith, which shares a root with the word “mystery”. Spiritual truths often begin as a mystery because there is much we must spiritually unlearn, including many beliefs that no longer serve us. As we release fear’s grip and open our minds and hearts, new revelations are revealed to us. We shall talk more about these foundations over the course of our “Introduction to Christian Contemplative Practices” gatherings.
Session Presenter: Rev. Matt Carriker, Agape Spiritual Community