#DCE: Workshops

SESSION 1: 10 – 11 AM

Navigating the Gap:

Led by Dr. Joyce McEwen Crane
Strategic Development Coordinator for the Community Engagement Institute of Wichita State University and Kansas Leadership Coach.

Sooner or later every congregation is challenged by the difference between their present state of life and their hopes and dreams for their congregation.  In this workshop, attendees will learn how to clarify their current state and their hopes and dreams so that they can begin to make progress on making the changes they need to make for the future.

Elder: not deacon

Led by Rev. Steve Bridwell, Interim Pastor at Cheney Trinity United Christian Church

Elders are not just those who have “deaconed” long enough. There is more. Join us to rediscover the office of Elder and, as a bonus, regain spiritual vitality in your congregation.

Racism: Fact or Fiction – Part 1

Led by Rev. David Bell of the Yakama Christian Mission in White Swan, Washington

A pressing cultural issue is racism. Some people believe we have moved beyond racism; others see it everywhere, embedded in the structures of our country. Rev. Bell will help us understand why the church needs to be pro-active in this cause.

Session 2: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Working Across the Aisles

Led by Joyce McEwen Crane (see above for details)

In every church, there exists competing groups, coalitions or factions.  Each have their own values, concerns and hopes for their congregation.  Building bridges and maintaining those bridges between groups is essential for any church to make progress on the daunting challenges they face. Building on the ideas from Navigating the Gap, attendees will identify the factions that exist in their congregation and learn how to work “across the aisles” to help their church move into the future.

Practical Giving:
Good Gifts that Trim Taxes and Maximize Ministry

Led by Kirby Gould, Christian Church (DOC) Foundation

Beyond the methods of giving, there is the motivation to give. With the new tax laws now in place, people are finding that the “pocket” from which they give will have a greater impact on how much they can afford to give. Church leaders who understand giving options can help members make better gifts.

Racism: Fact or Fiction – Part 2

Led by Rev. David Bell of the Yakama Christian Mission in White Swan, Washington

A pressing cultural issue is racism. Some people believe we have moved beyond racism; others see it everywhere, embedded in the structures of our country. Rev. Bell will help us understand why the church needs to be pro-active in this cause.

Session 3: 1 – 2 PM

Revisioning CCK

Led by Di Watkins and the CCK Vision Team

The regional church as we know it is changing.  Discuss about the new vision, staffing changes, and more with Vision Team members. Be ready to move around the room and share your ideas with other participants!

Financial Check-Up. 

Led by Aaron Smith, area director of Christian Church Pension Fund

Whether we have $100 in our bank account or $100,000, we can all use a financial check-up – a chance to assess where we are and imagine a brighter financial future. Do you know the right next step on the road to financial wellness? Let Pension Fund help you map your path and identify some practical steps forward.

The Church Communication Team

Led by Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist for Christian Church in Kansas

Church communication is a complex and everchanging concept and it requires more than one person to make it effective.  Learn the why and who of a church communications team

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