Workshops & Retreats
"What Fred Craddock is to preaching, Dan Moseley is to interpreting and reflecting on congregational life. He is a treasure in our church."
- Dr. Richard Spleth, Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana
GROWING IN LEADERSHIP THROUGH CONFLICT
This workshop focuses on the way conflict helps creates leaders. Through the process of attending to the differences between people, leaders grow in their ability to help an organization move from where they are to where they desire to go. Conflict is a reality in all change and therefore the leader’s ability to attend to their own resistance to conflict is critical in helping them walk with others through the change. This workshop helps the participants grow in their ability to understand the causes for conflict and how groups can use the conflict for blessing rather than destruction.
PREACHING FOR TRANSFORMATION
Transformation is the goal of the Christian faith. Preaching can contribute to that goal. Much preaching assumes that information alone will change people, that if we give people enough information they will choose to be different and by willful living they will become different. This workshop assumes that we are transformed not simply by accessing insights into what might be a better way to live but also by the people with whom we are in relationships. We change when we are in communities of love. Preaching facilitates relationships that can bring healing in a broken world. Participants in this workshop will discover a new way of preaching that is grounded in how relationships heal and offer hope.
LIVING WITH LOSS: DISCOVERING YOUR LIFE
Loss is a constant in life because change is a constant in life. All change results in loss as well as potential gain. To discover the life that we are moving toward requires that we grieve the loss of that which we lose in the change. To grieve is to learn to live again in the absence of something that we have found significant in defining who we are and how we know ourselves. This workshop guides people through the journey of discovery. It is designed to help people who have experienced significant loss as well as to help care-givers understand the loss of the persons they support. It helps people grow in their ability to walk with others in their loss so that they might discover the blessing of life in the future.
Some people question whether people in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are very spiritual, pointing to our reasonable and rational focus. There is a tendency among some to separate spirituality and action for justice and peace. This workshop explores the polity and practices of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and identifies the historical spiritual gifts which form those practices. It celebrates the unique gifts of the spirit that we experience and encourages unapologetic advocacy for growing spiritually mature Christians who will serve God by offering themselves as a blessing for the world.
Clergy serve a unique role in the organization of the church. Unlike others who lead organizations, clergy lead by offering both organizational leadership as well as spiritual nurture and care. Congregations often struggle to clarify the fundamental purpose of the church and their leaders are under constant pressure to navigate with them the conflict which comes when those purposes are being worked out. This workshop will help clergy identify and name the issues which drain their energy and explore the multiple ways that clergy can attend to their own needs. The workshop assumes that vital leadership is the best thing that clergy can offer an organization and that their vitality is directly related to the care they claim for themselves.
ELDERS’ RETREAT: SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP
Spiritual Leadership is a difficult term to define. Many people believe that being spiritual and being religious are two different things. Elders are asked to offer spiritual leadership to congregations who are not always clear on what that means. Congregations who have strong spiritual leaders are empowered to share the spirit with others by the empowering gifts of their Elders. This workshop helps Elders identify the historical responsibilities of their role and develop ways to nurture themselves so that they can help guide their congregations faithfully into the future.