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Twenty-Four Hour Learning Events

Our fall and spring gatherings are learning events that bring a diverse group of participants together for thought provoking programs and vital community. Everyone is welcome. 

2017 NYSOM Spring Learning Event

"From Management to Leadership: How Leadership Styles Motivate and Empower Vital Ministry"Marsha Henderson 3.2

Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams March 17 - March 18, 2017 

Leadership and management go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing.  Often congregations seek pastors who are effective managers when a strong leader is what is needed.  The goal of leadership is to equip others and motivate them to strive toward a common vision.  Do we even recognize when we are managing projects instead of leading people? Do we understand our personal leadership style and how it impacts and influences the mission and vision within our congregations?

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“Leadership and Congregational Culture” 

Fall Learning Event 

November 17-18, 2017    Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua 

This is the final event in our series on Marks of Ministry that are highly correlated with Congregational Vitality. The last mark is:  "the ability to lead and encourage ministries of evangelism, service, stewardship and social transformation.” We’re bringing: 

Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) of the UCC 

Rev. Lizardy-Hajbi is author of Congregational Vitality and Ministerial Excellence: Intersections and Possibilities for Ministry, the report upon which our series of learning events has been based. She’ll help congregational leaders, lay and authorized, engage the question: What kind of impact do we want to have as a congregation, and what would it take to get us there?” 

2016 NYSOM Fall Learning Event
"Discerning the Body: What We Need to Know About Our Churches to Lead Them Effectively through Change"

 Rev. Dr. Mark Lawson November 18 - 19, 2016

“One of the most dynamic and engaging NYSOM programs I have attended.”
“This needs to be taught in all seminary field-ed programs.”
“Mark’s presentation was very enlightening! Valuable stuff.”
“I always think I’m too busy to take the time for these retreats…and am always thankful I did when it’s over…so necessary both personally and professionally."

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2016 NYSOM Spring Learning Event
"Seeing in the Dark: Framing and Testing a Vision in Community"

Rev. Beth DuBois April 15 - April 16, 2016

“Great fellowship — developed some friendships & embraced some new visions/ideas to take back to my church.”
“It was informative and inspiring.”
“A host of ideas from fields beyond theology/religion. New approach to me.”



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