I do not generally blog about events that are not related to ACT 3 or I would be able to do nothing but promote events. In this case I am announcing an event because I plan to attend and believe it is something that is so consistent with the vision I have for “equipping leaders for unity in Christ’s mission” that I want everyone, at least in the Chicago area, to be aware of this valuable training opportunity. I refer to: Creating and Weathering the Storm: Hope for Church Leadership.

Creating and Weathering This is an equipping event sponsored by the Synod of Mid-America and the Classis of Chicago of the Reformed Church in America.  Leadership teams will learn what it means to create a storm – why that is good – and to weather it.  Through it all there is hope for leadership!  This title seemed appropriate to the planning team as the members talked about the content being planned for leadership groups from congregations within the regional synod.

Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor will be leading church leadership groups around the topics of:


   Creating continuing change, keeping your cool

            Calm and cool when it all goes crazy

The sessions will be designed for congregation leadership groups to be better leaders within their congregations.  Leaders will be able to take away information and resources to continue the process after the sessions.  This can lead to new vision and vitality within churches – and hope for the church leadership!

image002 Jim and Trisha are known to several within our regional synod as they are working extensively and intentionally with five churches in a momentum mobilization revitalization process within those congregations.  They will share a healthy taste of this work with all those that participate in the Friday evening and Saturday morning event. 

One pastor who is involved in this revitalization process said “We need to start living as Jesus calls his followers to live.

[This] process is helping us do that in new ways that call us to deeper levels of authenticity and integrity – and that lead to healing and new life through Jesus Christ.”  The event will be most valuable if several leaders from each church can attend – and great if most of the church’s leadership is there.  Creating and Weathering the Storm is designed for pastors, elders, deacons, staff, and all other key leaders in our congregations. 

Here are some of the specifics:

  • Invitation is for all church leadership of congregations within the Synod of Mid-America
  • Dates:  Friday evening, April 30, 2010 and Saturday morning, May 1, 2010
  • Location:  Christ Community Church, 13400 Bell Road, Lemont, IL 60439
  • Cost: $10 per person if registered by April 1 – $15 per person after April 1
  • Online registration available
  • More information at http://storm.msyn.org

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