Lifelong Learning Workshops
Scheduled Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Date: November 14
Registration Fee: $75
Ministers can rack their brains wondering: “What can help my stuck and dysfunction congregation?” Indeed, ministerial leadership not only promotes vibrant programs and provides pastoral care, but also supports the development of a congregation’s health. But how? This continuing education workshop applies systems theory to support the understanding of congregations, and to guide interventions on behalf of congregational health. In the end, when a congregation is healthy, it is like a rising tide in which all boats float, and where its spiritual mission is pursued.
“Ethical Religious Leadership: Living & Leading Where Worlds Collide” with Walter Fluker
What does it take to be a good leader in today’s ministry world? That’s the question we’ll address at the 2015 Woodbury Leadership Workshop. With Professor Walter Fluker as our guide, we’ll explore what it means to provide ethical leadership in a setting in which an array of both religious and secular “worlds” collide.
We live in a time in which the old standards for what makes a ministerial leader “good” no longer make much sense. How do you determine the effectiveness of your leadership? Is it numerical growth? Spiritual growth? New programming? Institutional survival?
How do you determine the appropriate qualities of leadership? Is it to be a visionary? A servant? A pace-setter? A coach?
Just about any measurement that has been applied to leadership in the past needs to be redefined today. Relying on specific, pre-determined results alone isn’t enough. So how do you know if you are the leader you need to be, the leader that is acting effectively and faithfully? How do you know if you are doing the right thing?
The workshop is interactive and will include presentations, small-group discussions, and large-group Q&A times. You will have the opportunity to explore issues and concerns that matter to you!
The registration fee is $145. The discounted fee for registrations received prior to Dec. 17 is $125. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. (Registration form will be online soon.)
Walter Fluker is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology, where he also serves as the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project and the Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership. The founder of VisionQuest International and Walter Earl Fluker and Associates, he is a featured consultant, speaker, lecturer, and workshop leader at foundations, businesses, corporations, colleges, universities, governmental and religious institutions, nationally and globally.
He is the author of Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community. His recent publications include two volumes of a multi-volume series entitled, The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman and Educating Ethical Leaders for the Twenty-First Century. Ordained at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., in June 1980, he served as Pastor of the historic St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, Mass., and Dean of the Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Location: Andover Newton Theological School
Intimate Violence and Religious Faith: Responding to Elder Abuse, Teen Assault, and Domestic Violenc
Date: March 5
Registration Fee: $75
As a faith leader how do you respond when you realize that a member of your church’s high school youth group has been the victim of sexual assault (1 out of 5 teens report experiencing physical violence on a date)? If an elderly member of your congregation is experiencing abuse, what do you do (national surveys show that 11% of adults over 60 have faced physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse)? One out of four women and one out of 12 men experience violence in their intimate relationships. How can churches insure that they’re supporting these victims adequately? This workshop will equip lay people and clergy to respond with appropriate resources and knowledge to all those suffering some form of intimate violence.