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Survive or Thrive: A Day of Learning for Lay Leaders

Spread the word! Congregational leaders working to create thriving churches for God’s mission are invited to attend this one-day event with a full slate of workshops geared at building up skills for effective ministry. 

This event is for the whole vestry, office staff, educators, volunteers, committee members, and everyone in between. “Survive or Thrive” will offer workshops aimed at equipping leaders with tools, resources, and connections for the building of thriving churches living out God’s mission. The one-day event will cover topics such as leadership, formation, parish management, community engagement, bible study, and congregational development. And this part is great too: it’s FREE.


Refreshing Confirmation

The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop

Bishop Ousley will lead us through the ancient theology and practice of Confirmation and begin a discussion of why Confirmation matters and how we can prepare and equip confirmands to make an adult affirmation of faith in the context of the Episcopal Church.

This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Christian Education/Formation Leaders


Church Insurance 101

Jeff Lyngaas, VP of Client Services for Church Insurance Agency, Corp.

Jeff will review the risks associated with various church ministries. He will discuss the different exposures associated with these risks and identfy ways to reduce and/or eliminate them to make our churches safer.

This workshop will be offered both sessions.
Suggested Audience: Wardens, Vestry Members


Medical Trust & The Church Pension Group

Laurie Kazilionis, Church Pension Group

Laurie will review portions of the Church Pension Group’s services as they pertain to eligibility and options for medical, life, and disability coverage.  Particular focus will be given to options for medical coverage, including the High Deductible Heath Plan and Health Savings Accounts.  The HDHP/HSA model has experienced considerable growth across the Episcopal Church in recent years, and offers a greater role to the ‘consumer’ in determining how health care dollars are spent-or not.  The landscape of health care benefit coverage is highly fluid.  This presentation, including time for questions and discussion, will aim to bring attendees up to speed about the Episcopal Church’s efforts to care for its ministers, lay and ordained, in such a time.

This workshop will be offered both sessions.
Suggested Audience: Those in charge of hiring and benefit administration


All About Parochial Reports

Katharine Rose, Financial Officer

Every year the Episcopal Church asks every congregation to complete a Parochial Report. This data helps church leaders at all levels, but for congregational leaders, sometimes the report form is difficult to understand. In this workshop you’ll learn about the report, why it’s necessary, how the data is used, and get helpful information about how to fill out the report accurately.

This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Wardens, Clerks, Vestry Members, Office Staff



Intro to Asset Based Community Development

The Rev. Dan Scheid

Rector; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Flint

Are you yearning to do something more with your congregation’s outreach program? Dan Scheid will talk Asset Based Community Development as a model for developing deep relationships between church and community. This workshop will be a general introduction to A.B.C.D. and its use to become truly missional communities of faith.
This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Outreach committee members, Everyone


Hiring and Taxes for Clergy and Lay Employees

Molly Girard, Diocesan Administrator

Katharine Rose, Finance Officer

Its not often that churches will hire new clergy or lay employees. Molly and Katharine will help those responsible for this task understand what they need to know about the hiring process and how to get help and access resources.

This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Wardens, Treasurers, Office Staff


Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI)

Mike Spencer, Canon to the Ordinary

DCDI is a two-year leadership-training program focused on developing the spiritual, community, and organizational life of congregations. It equips leaders to serve their congregation through a highly integrated training experience that engages participants in the issues and dynamics that they face as leaders. DCDI is a program for clergy and lay leaders who desire to transform their congregations by making them stronger, healthier, more deeply rooted in Anglican Spirituality, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities. This workshop will introduce you to DCDI and invite your congregation to participate beginning with the 2017 cycle.

This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Everyone



The Biblical Wild: Study on the Go

Katie Forsyth, Director of Communications and Public Engagement

The Biblical Wild, a weekly series of Bible study videos hosted by Bishop Ousley, is a tool for individuals, small groups, and congregations. Join Katie to learn about the series and get ideas for how you can bring the Biblical Wild to your congregation.
This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Christian Education/Formation Leaders


So You Want to be on the Vestry?

Presenter: Mike Spencer, Canon to the Ordinary
Designed primarily for anyone who has not served on a Vestry before, this workshop will discuss the unique ministry of a Vestry in the Episcopal Church. The presentation is built on four frameworks: leadership, governance, relationship, and role, and will look at best practices for “nuts and bolts” Vestry processes.
This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Prospective and Existing Vestry Members


Communications Tools for Evangelism

Katie Forsyth, Director of Communications and Public Engagement

Join the Diocesan Director of Communications as we talk about our call to tell the story of the Jesus Movement at work in our communities and to identify user-friendly and cost-effective tools that churches can use in this crucial ministry.
This workshop will be offered once.
Suggested Audience: Communications staff & volunteers, Everyone


Each class will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
 711 S Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502

Click the link below to register. This event is FREE to attend.

Lunch will not be provided – participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch but are encouraged to explore the many restaurants within walking distance of St. Paul’s. Suggestions of nearby establishments and directions to them will be provided at check-in.