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Digital Curriculum

Congregational Transformation: Preaching and Leading in the 21st Century

What are the ideas that need to be understood in order for God to show up in helping congregations transform?
Why is it that pastors’ educations and ongoing learning do not produce the transformation they desire?

Paul Borden, Director of Wooddale Advance

Seminar Details

The digital curriculum is organized around three seminars. Click on the black tabs below for more details.

Format: Five digital sessions
Designed for: Pastors, staff members and lay people

  • Session One: Describes what systemic transformation means, why it is crucial and basic assumptions that must be embraced for transformation to occur.
  • Session Two: Shows how the use of congregational lifecycles provides an analysis of the current state of the congregation while laying out a path for congregational transformation, both conceptually and practically.
  • Session Three: Demonstrates how mission and vision fit together to produce a change in ministries and the setting of overarching goals to reach the community. Instruction is provided for how to help guests find meaningful relationships that cause them to connect with others in the congregation, in order to join in advancing the mission and vision.
  • Session Four: Articulates how the strategic use of ministries helps congregations to move from maintenance mode to mission in making new disciples. The three key ministries that enable a congregation to gain momentum in reaching people are listed and discussed.
  • Session Five: Focuses on the structure required to be organized for mission and vision. Transformation never begins with changing structure but structure must change if any new strategies are going to work well for a significant period of time.

Format: Three digital sessions
Designed for: Pastors

  • Session One: Focuses on the two key tools that enable preachers to preach the way people listen.
  • Session Two: Describes how Biblical narratives are to be studied and then preached in a way the major meaning of the story is exposed to the congregation.
  • Session Three: Discusses how the nature of preaching has changed in the last few decades and describes the important concepts required to preach well in digital contexts.

Format: Three digital sessions
Designed for: Pastors, staff members and lay people

  • Session One: Distinguishes between leadership positions, leadership and leadership behavior with a focus on leadership behavior.
  • Session Two: Provides an overview of leadership that includes what is required to lead well, what is great about leading well and certain pitfalls that may hinder one from leading well.
  • Session Three: Focuses on the different environments of leadership and reviews the three key questions all leaders need to ask.

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