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2013 Woodbury Leadership Workshop with Phyllis Tickle

Friday, February 01, 2013

8:30 AM

Lifelong Learning

Contact: If you have further questions, please contact Jeff Jones, Director of Ministry Studies, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 617-831-2364.

Leadership for a Rummage Sale

*Registration for this workshop is now Closed*

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Something new is emerging! We’re not quite certain what it is yet, but it is definitely not the church of the 20th century. We see indicators of it in a variety of places, from the emergent church movement to the restructuring of traditional congregations, to the changing role of clergy. Much is happening and there’s not much clarity, but somehow we have to deal with it, respond to it, interact with it. The 2013 Woodbury Leadership Workshop will provide resources to help you do this.
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imagePhyllis Tickle will provide the direction for our work. She will help us look at the current religious scene in North America, especially as it applies to local congregations. We’ll be exploring the changes that are taking place, what we need to let go of, what we need to hang on to, and the leadership that is need in congregations to help them make these decisions. The workshop will help us get ready for a much-needed rummage sale by sorting through the “stuff” that has been accumulating and decide what’s needed for the future.

Phyllis, founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the book industry, is an authority on religion in America and a much sought-after lecturer on the subject. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of more than two dozen books in religion and spirituality, including The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why, and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. Her most recent book, Emergence Christianity: What Is It, Where Is it Going, and Why Does It Matter, was published in September.

Phyllis, who was with Publishers Weekly until her retirement in 2004, began her career as a college teacher. She is a lay eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church, the mother of seven children and, with her physician-husband, makes her home on a small farm in Lucy, Tenn.

Lifetime Achievement in Ministerial Leadership Award

The Rev. Dr. Paul Adkins graduated from Andover Newton in 1971 and received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1975. He retired from the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, Mass., in 2010, following a pastorate of 27 years and currently serves as part-time minister of the Congregational Church of South Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod. In 2011 he completed 25 years as an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton, teaching in the areas of church administration and leadership, and serving in the field education program as a Resident Ministry Practitioner. During the years of his ministry, he was actively involved in the work of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, serving on many committees and task forces, including a term as chair of the Board of Directors. At the Workshop, Andover Newton will honor Paul with an award recognizing his lifetime achievement in ministerial leadership.

Sabbath Hours

Participants in the Woodbury Leadership Workshop are eligible to receive seven points in the Andover Newton Sabbath Hour Program, which recognizes learning experiences for both clergy and laity. For more information contact Jeff Jones, Director of Ministry Studies, at


The workshop is interactive. There will be presentations, small group discussions and large group question-and-answer times. You will have the opportunity to explore issues and concerns that matter to you!

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome, Orientation and Worship
9:30 Session 1
10:30 Break
11:00 Session 2
12:30 Lunch and Free Time
1:30 Small Group Sessions
2:30 Break
3:00 Session 3
4:30 Conclusion


The Woodbury Leadership Workshop is an annual event sponsored by Andover Newton Theological School. It is supported through an endowment provided by Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Woodbury of Worcester, Mass. What began as an idea that church leaders should have ample opportunities to learn the theory and practice of leadership became a reality more than 30 years ago through the Woodburys’ vision and generosity.


The registration fee is $155. The discounted fee for registrations received prior to Dec. 14 is $140. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Fees are non-refundable for cancellations received after Jan. 18. Please mail payment (checks payable to ANTS) and registration to: Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459-2243, attn: Woodbury Workshop.

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