Lunch & Learn: Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times

Lunch & Learn: Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times

Lunch & Learn: Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times
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Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

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Elisa Wilson

Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times

Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 12:00 - 12:50 on Zoom; Free Event

 
We’re eager to welcome you to our April Lunch and Learn with Rev. Barbara Lemmel to discover more about how to manage the impact of anxiety on churches and individuals. Using a family systems lens, we invite you to gather with us on April 21, 2022 for an opportunity to learn about  Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times.

All organizations, including the church, operate as systems of interpersonal relationships. At their best, these systems draw out excellence in their people.  When things start to change and anxiety starts to rise, these same systems become "stuck", undermining and sabotaging even the most well-intentioned programs.

It’s exactly in times like these that steady, resilient leadership — both laity and clergy leadership — makes all the difference.  Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times explores the characteristics of anxious church systems as well as the dynamics of healthy leadership and clear communication that can open possibilities for courageous, effective ministry. 
 
Rev. Barbara Lemmel is an ordained elder in the New England Conference of the UMC. She has served congregations in Vermont and upstate New York, facilitated conference re-structuring, and offers programming and spiritual guidance to churches and pastors.  Barbara studied Family Systems Theory with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Chicago and the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness in New Orleans. In 2003, she and Rev. Alan Delamater established Tending the Fire, a clergy leadership development process.  Barbara continues to lead Tending the Fire retreats for clergy, laity and judicatory leadership in multiple denominations. She also offers one-on-one leadership coaching and coordinates the Parish Consultants of the New England Conference UMC.



Lunch & Learn for Leaders Workshop Series



Lunch & Learn for Leaders is a new FREE monthly series starting in January hosted by the Center for Transformational Leadership. Every third Thursday, join us at noon for a 50-minute 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 clergy and lay leaders, have indicated are timely for your congregations.

The schedule includes:

April 21: Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times
All organizations, including the church, operate as systems of interpersonal relationships. At their best, these systems draw out excellence in their people.  When things start to change and anxiety starts to rise, these same systems become "stuck", undermining and sabotaging even the most well-intentioned programs. It’s exactly in times like these that steady, resilient leadership — both laity and clergy leadership — makes all the difference.  Resilient Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times explores the characteristics of anxious church systems as well as the dynamics of healthy leadership and clear communication that can open possibilities for courageous, effective ministry. 
Presenter:  Rev. Barbara Lemmel is a coach and trained family systems educator. She developed and currently leads Tending the Fire a clergy leadership development process and has developed family systems retreats for laity and judicatory leadership.

May 19: Reaching Your Community-Church Podcasts 101
Over the last decade, podcasting has grown into one of the most important media methods for reaching individuals and communities. How can your congregation enter the world of podcasting? How do you begin? What topics, themes might be of interest? How can creating a podcast help your congregation make a deeper community connection?        
Presenter: Rev. Eric Fistler, Senior Minister for the First Congregational Church of Chrystal Lake, Chrystal Lake IL., and host of the podcast, Pulpit Fiction, exploring the lectionary and engaging contemporary authors and theologians.  Pulpit Fiction boasts a wide audience and is celebrating its 10th year.

June 16: Conflict and Community
Do you ever feel conflict is keeping your congregation from flourishing? Churches often are locked in the “basement” level of communication – precariously hovering between conflict and compromise. This workshop explores how to better “navigate the nonsense” in churches and avoid bad habits that break down communication instead of building it up.  Clergy can inadvertently amplify church conflict when trying to help others. Their problem-solving efforts often only make matters worse, which gives life to “the church monster” that devours congregations. This workshop seeks to uncover hidden pathways to higher levels of communication that promote community and creativity in ministry.
Presenter: Rev. Doug Bixby

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