Leadership Development and Resources

Leadership Development and Resources

Lunch & Learn for Leaders Series: 

Lunch & Learn for Leaders is a new FREE monthly series 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: 

  • February 17: Exploring the Benefits of Behavioral Covenants
  • March 17: Exploring Transformative Leadership in a Climate Changed World
  • April 21: How Can Family Systems Theory Inform Our Leadership?
  • May 19: Reaching Your Community - Church Podcasts 101
  • June 16: Conflict & Community
  • September 15: Boundaries

Register for an upcoming session today


Leadership Skills for Lay Leaders 

  • Learn about different leadership styles and identify your own
  • Equip yourself with new skills for strengthening and serving your community
  • Deepen your knowledge about the United Church of Christ
  • Ideal for church moderators, council members, trustees, deacons, and others serving in formal leadership roles

This program provided by the Damascus Project.


Small Church Summit

Small churches matter! Join us for a full day of resources for small church  vitality. Buildings, money, energy -  these all can be either gifts or burdens for our churches. We'll get at what it means to be God's church at this time and in this place, and how to have meaningful mission, worship, and faith formation - despite the small size of our membership. 

Join the Center for Transformational Leadership's Small Church Summit on February 26th, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Leadership and Anxiety in the Church

Rooted in Scripture and grounded in Bowen family systems theory, this workshop identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning. Leadership and Anxiety looks at the challenges presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety. Works of fine art illustrating Biblical themes help facilitate theological reflection on the themes being presented.

This workshop has been designed especially for pastors, church council/vestry/session members, pastor–parish committees, and judicatory leaders of all denominations. For participants to derive maximum benefit, we recommend that a team made up of clergy, staff, and lay leadership from the same congregation would attend the event together. This seminar is provided by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.

Navigating the Maze of the Unique Compensation and Tax Aspects of Ministers

Clergy Compensation Presentation Notes.  This material provided by Practical Resources for Churches


What Can Churches and Businesses Learn from Each Other?

What can churches, nonprofits, and businesses learn from one another? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe interviews Randy Casey-Rutland, a theologically educated business executive, who shares insights about what the church can learn from the business world and vice versa. Listen to this interview or continue reading.  This material provided by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.


Parish Papers  

This site provides  almost three dozen ‘Church Effectiveness Nuggets’ – papers/ readings on a multitude of topics with background, suggestions, templates on a wide range of topics – increasing Sunday School attendance, sharpen writing skills, resolving congregational conflict, attracting first time worship visitors, and many more.


Facebook Leadership Forum 

A place for clergy and lay leaders to share ideas and seek information


Stewardship, Generosity, Fundraising & Financial Management

Encouraging generosity, managing your church finances, and more.

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