Leadership Training @ Sanford

Event details

  • Saturday | August 11, 2018
  • 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3500 N West River Rd, Sanford, MI 48657
  • 989-506-1843

All are invited to attend this free leadership training day. Donations are appreciated for lunch and campground use. Housing is available at Sanford Campground on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Contact Dan Nowiski by e-mail at dnowiski@cofchrist.org or by phone at (989) 506-1843 to reserve a campsite, guest apartment, or bed in a cabin. Similar workshops will be repeated at Blue Water Campground on Nov. 17.

9:30 Welcome – Dining Hall
10:00 Workshop Session 1
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Workshop Session 2
2:45 Prayer for Peace
3:00 Workshop Session 3

Mission Funding Workshops
10:00 to 12:00 – Estate Planning: Give Voice to Your Legacy
You’ve worked hard for what you have and want your family to receive the benefits of your legacy. Unfortunately, 70 percent of adult Americans do not have an estate plan. Without the right legal documents, important decisions can be left in the hands of the court. Is that what you want for your loved ones? Come learn how you can create an estate plan that can preserve wealth, distribute assets to your heirs, and ensure your legacy – taking into account your wishes and objectives. It’s easier than you think to Give Voice to Your Legacy.

12:45 to 2:45 – Stewardship Principles for Adults: A Spiritual Journey
Stewardship – it’s not just about money, though that’s what comes to mind for most people when they hear that term. But what if stewardship was a life journey? Join us as we explore stewardship in the context of a whole-life experience, sharing and managing our resources for the sake of God’s purposes.

3:00 to 5:00 – Stewardship Principles for Children and Youth: When Does It Count?
How old do you have to be for stewardship? That’s just for adults – or is it? Join us as we learn just how old (or young) a good steward should be.

Instructor: Sandra J. Ferguson is a Mission Funding specialist with Community of Christ. She holds the priesthood office of bishop. She worked as director of development at Alpha Phi Omega a national service fraternity, headquarted in Independence, Missouri, and as program coordinator for the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Kansas City, Missouri.

Born in Kermit, Texas, she received a master’s in public administration from UMKC, and is a Certified Estate Planner (CEP®) and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Sandra is a member of the Mid-America Planned Giving Council, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Association of Fundraising Professionals (Mid-America chapter, CFRE education committee chair), and Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society, Independence, Missouri.

Her field responsibilities include Brush Creek, Cedar Valley–Nauvoo, Chicago, Far West, Gateway, Headwaters, Kentucky–Indiana, Lamoni Heartland, Michigan, Mid-South, Oklahoma, and South Central States USA mission centers, plus selected congregations in the Central and Midlands USA mission centers.

Developing Leadership Skills Workshops
10:00am to 12:00pm – Leadership vs Management
This class is designed to bring balance to the congregational leader between the daily “busy-ness” of making things happen in our congregations, and the critically important role of being an effective leader in developing a shared vision for the future. We will explore the important traits necessary to be responsive to our mission and how we might apply these in our congregations.  Whether our congregation is large or small, each of us can be more effective when using the right tools.

3:00 to 5:00 – Goal Setting and Strategic Planning

This class is designed to provide tools for moving congregations out of complacency. The core of effective ministry is intentional, thoughtful, and spirit led ministry guided by the development of meaningful goals that are aligned with mission. You will walk away from this class with tools that can be put to use immediately such as developing S.M.A.R.T goals.  You will understand the difference between “strategic planning” and “tactical or operational planning.”

Instructor: Gary Gordier brings together his secular background and his experience in Community of Christ. He has been a manager and leader of small and large technology oriented organizations, and served as a pastor, district president, and the previous Michigan Region Presidency.  He has served as a High Priest for 37 years.  Gary has been an invited speaker to state and national conferences on the subject of management, change, leadership and goal setting.  Applying fundamental principles allows a balance between management and leadership, taking the best of both disciplines and applying them to intentional ministry. 

Abolish Poverty, End Suffering Workshops
10:00 to 12:00 – Trauma Informed Ministry
This workshop will address topics related to adverse childhood experiences, acute & chronic trauma, and best practices for planning ministry with those who have experienced trauma.

Instructor: Erin Cavanaugh is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in trauma based therapies. She has co-authored a trauma therapy for LGBT persons and is currently an instructor in the graduate program at Michigan State University. She is a priest in Community of Christ and pastor of the Otter Lake congregation.

12:45 to 2:45 – Understanding Poverty
This workshop will address awareness and understanding of the causes of poverty along with exploring approaches to ending poverty.

Instructor: Lisa Meyer is a licensed clinical social worker. She is the Director of a federally funded Early Head Start program and has nearly twenty years of experience working with families living in poverty. She has presented at professional conferences at the local, state, and national level. Ms. Meyer is an elder in Community of Christ.

3:00 to 5:00 – Wraparound Models of Support
This workshop will address models for groups of supportive community members working collaboratively with people seeking to leave poverty or other difficult life circumstances.

Instructor: Dan Nowiski

Register: Use the online form below or call Dan Nowiski at 989-506-1843.

Please register each individual separately.