Leadership requires a sense of direction and an awareness of what may lie ahead. Effective leaders develop the skill of scanning the horizon in order to anticipate the future challenges and adjust course when necessary. Large church pastors are invited to come spend a day apart with Tom Berlin and Mark Miller to consider how to lead wisely in four critical “horizons.”
The staff horizon - It’s important to have the right crew on board, and it is equally important to train the crew well and treat the crew with respect. In this first session, you will become familiar with the critical skills necessary for hiring, leading and loving the staff who work with you.
The lay leadership horizon - The Church is a unique mix of paid professional staff and unpaid volunteer staff. Pastors must learn to discover and develop leaders within the congregation who want to reach the same destination and committed to the mission it will take to get there. In this session, you will consider the key qualities to look for in recruiting lay leaders from within your congregation, and you will identify key practices that provide support and encouragement for the volunteer leaders who want to be part of the action.
The awareness horizon - Being aware of the morale and vitality of your staff, congregation and community is an important factor in effective leadership. This third session focuses on how to create and interpret data related to the church and ministry, and how to evaluate critical health factors associated with thriving churches.
The vitality horizon - It is essential to create systems and processes that draw people to Jesus Christ and enable them to become committed disciples. In this final session we identify the challenges of evangelism and discipleship today, and consider best practices for reaching, teaching and maturing people in an environment of grace and truth.
Tom Berlin has more than 28 years of experience in the local church. In his current appointment Tom serves as the Lead Pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, Virginia. His interests are preaching, teaching and church renewal and vitality. Tom has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and earned his Master’s of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served small, medium and large congregations in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is the author and co-author of several books and small group studies by Abingdon Press. His latest book, “Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More,” was released this spring, and his upcoming book, “Restored,” will be released in 2017. Tom and his wife Karen have four daughters. He enjoys spending time with his kids, hiking and taking long walks with their dog, Mudge.
Mark Miller is the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, a 2500-member church in Stafford, Virginia. Mark has served as Sr. Pastor at Ebenezer Church for 21 years and is passionate about helping people connect the truths of the Christian faith to daily life. After receiving his undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, Mark earned his Master's of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Prior to his years at Ebenezer, Mark served as a pastor in Norfolk, Winchester and Springfield, Virginia. He and his wife, Lynn have been married for 31 years, and together they have two grown children, one grandchild and a golden retriever. Mark's hobbies include reading, hiking, and exercising.
This is a three day event beginning dinner Monday evening, January 30, 2017 and concluding mid-day on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The program cost includes all meals except Tuesday night dinner and hotel cost. Hotel reservations at Blockade Runner Resort are to be made by each individual participant. To recieve the group rate of $95-$100/night, please reserve your room prior to January 9, 2017. Call the Blockade Runner Resort reservations line at 1-800-541-1161 and reserve your room today!
We encourage church staff and associates pastors to join the lead pastor at this retreat!
This is an ecumenical event with a large church defined as having an average worship attendance of at least 300 in worship.
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