TRAINING

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     Dialog Works and Wartburg Seminary have collaborated to provide training for the pastoral leaders of small congregations struggling with sustainability issues. The four course series has been carefully shaped by synodical leaders, lay leaders, and pastors. Each course has been designed to help the congregation help itself. 

     The four courses stand-alone and do not have any prerequisites. However, there is logic in how they are sequenced.

  • "Practical Tools for the Journey" focuses on understanding the current situation.

  • "Discerning God's Leading" moves towards resolving differences and reaching a consensus on where God is leading the congregation.

  • "A New Chapter in Ministry" is a close-up look at strategies for sustaining or renewing ministry and implementing change. 

  • "Ending with Grace" focuses on closing a congregation.

Applications for Practical Tools is closed
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     We are at a crucial time in our life together. Many things block building up good relationships and coming to an agreement on the way forward. This workshop will help you prepare and lead crucial, meaning-ful, focused conversations. This strategy is particularly useful when time is short, the stakes are high, and the group is anxious. Participants learn a process for leading crucial conversations, practice, receive feedback, and will earn a certificate for participation.

     This workshop is held in two, two-hour online sessions. Enrollment is limited to five people. Session One introduces a four-step approach to crafting a focused conversation. Session Two provides an opportunity for participants to lead a conversation and receive constructive feedback.

 
Demonstration

This workshop explores the role our culture its stories shape how we understand the present and move into the future. Building upon theories of knowledge from sociology and communication, participants will learn ways to help a person or group move away from problem-saturated stories to a preferred future. The workshop introduces the concepts and skills of narrative mediation and use role play to provide practice to participants.

     This workshop is currently being designed. More information will be available soon.