2020 DISCOVER


Here are a few things you can expect:

  • Conference programming over five days: Monday thru Friday, November 9-13
  • Live, interactive sessions via Zoom.
  • Pre-recorded messages from Plenary Speakers and Workshop leaders
  • Interactive live sessions scheduled for the middle of the day
  • Opportunities to engage and network with your colleagues
  • Time to feed your spirit
  • 19 Continuing Education Credit
  • All pre-recorded and discussion sessions will be available for all paid participants through April 2021
2020/11/09 10:30:00

Schedule of Virtual Sessions

Below you will find a schedule of sessions. These sessions are subject to change.  All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

  • PRE-RECORDINGS

    • Spirituality Tools
    • What to Expect in Virtual Conference and Navigations of Virtual Conference
  • LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

    • 10:30 – 10:45 AM  – Conference Welcome & Spiritual Centering
    • 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM  – Giants and Grasshoppers in Relation to Spiritual Practices with Dave Clements and Katrina Palan
    • 1:45 – 3:00 PM – Meet and Greet – By Geography

    All times are in the Eastern Time Zone. 

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  • PRE-RECORDINGS

    • ARTHUR BOERS – Plenary Session Content
      • Healing Leadership in Troublesome Times How do we offer spiritual leadership in times of crises, partisan polemics, and social upheaval? Exemplary leaders amidst change and disruption have demonstrated courageous conviction that brings people together, creative hope in the face of overwhelming disasters, and the ability to help faithful folks move forward. We too can inspire, challenge, and empower congregations to join God’s work of healing and new life.
    • ARTHUR BOERS – Workshop Content
      • Beyond the Partisan and Polemical Pale: Creation and Care of Leaders Recent events and circumstances demonstrate challenges of staying calm and focused amidst pressures and controversies and the difficulty of maintaining motivation and energy during on-going crises. This workshop will consider sources for developing healing and inspirational leadership, how to refresh and renew our energy.
    • WORKSHOPS
      • Workshop 1: Maximizing Your Holy Currencies in Transitional Ministry – Eric Law, Bill Cruse and John Beck
      • Workshop 2: Getting Our Church Visitors To Stick Around – Michelle Collins
      • Workshop 3: Conflict Transformation in Congregations –Teresa Cooley
      • Workshop 4: Growing and Contributing – Leadership as “being” and “doing.” – Arlen Vernava
  • LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

    • 9:30 – 10:15        Early Start Club Gathering
    • 10:30 – 10:40 AM –  Spiritual Centering
    • 10:40 AM – Noon – Plenary Session – Arthur Boers – Discussion
      • Healing Leadership in Troublesome Times
    • 12:30 – 1:45 PM – Workshop – Arthur Boers – Discussion
      • Beyond the Partisan and Polemical Pale: Creation and Care of Leaders 
    • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Concurrent Workshop Discussions
      • Workshop 1 Discussion: Maximizing Your Holy Currencies in Transitional Ministry – Eric Law, Bill Cruse and John Beck
      • Workshop 2 Discussion: Getting Our Church Visitors To Stick Around – Michelle Collins
      • Workshop 3 Discussion:  Conflict Transformation in Congregations –Teresa Cooley
      • Workshop 4 Discussion: Growing and Contributing – Leadership as “being” and “doing.” – Arlen Vernava
      • Open Discussion/Conversation 1: with Judicatory Participants  – Jenny Stephens
    • 3:15 – 4:15  – All Attendee Gathering Scavenger Hunt – Host: Terri Thornton

    All times are in the Eastern Time Zone. 

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  • PRE-RECORDINGS

    • BETTY PRIES – Plenary Session content
      • Leading in Times of Crisis & Change Change is difficult to navigate even at the best of times,
        leading to feelings of anxiety, distress, and polarization. Even positive change
        demands that we take a stance of curiosity and learning – both of which can cause
        us to feel unsettled. All of these feelings are heightened when the change we are
        facing is one of crisis. This presentation proposes a model for understanding change
        (and crisis) in the congregational context and offers a vision and concrete tools for
        how to navigate this change with a sense of purpose and hope.
    • BETTY PRIES – Workshop Content
      • Becoming a People of Healing & Hope During times of crisis and change it is easy to lose our trust in
        one another and to wonder when (or if) we will be ourselves again – or whether we
        even want to be ourselves again! This workshop explores how congregational leaders
        can support their communities of faith in a manner that allows them to become a
        people of healing and hope – even in crisis. Finding the intersection point between
        loving the church unconditionally and leading it to a place of greater health, leaders
        find language and models for guiding the congregation through challenges,
        polarization, and division.
    • WORKSHOPS
      • Workshop 5: Interim Ministry: A Leader’s Guide to Assessing Finances – Paul Grier
      • Workshop 6:  The Rule of Love: A Reverse Confession of Sin – Keith Copeland
      • Workshop 7: Systems Thinking and Congregational Life – Rev. Ed Brock
  • LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

    • 9:30 – 10:15-  Early Start Club Gathering
    • 10:30 – 10:40 AM –  Spiritual Centering
    • 10:40 AM – 12:00 PM – Plenary Session – Betty Pries – Discussion
      • Leading in Times of Crisis & Change
    • 12:15 – 1:40 PM – Plenary Workshop – Betty Pries – Discussion
      • Becoming a People of Healing & Hope
    • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Concurrent Workshop Discussions
      • Workshop 5 Discussion: Interim Ministry: A Leader’s Guide to Assessing Finances – Paul Grier
      • Workshop 6 Discussion:  The Rule of Love: A Reverse Confession of Sin – Keith Copeland
      • Workshop 7 Discussion: Systems Thinking and Congregational Life – Ed Brock
      • Open Discussion/Conversation 2: Even the Dogs – Eleanor Scarlett
    • 3:15 – 4:30 PM – Denominational Meeting/Community Gatherings

    All times are in the Eastern Time Zone. 

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  • PRE-RECORDINGS

    • IMN ANNUAL MEETING REPORTS:
      • FINANCIALS
      • TEAM REPORTS
    • WORKSHOPS
      • Workshop 8: Making a ZOOM training more effective using SQ3R – William Carl Thomas
      • Workshop 9: Anti-racism in a Transitional Time – Keith Kron and Eleanor Scarlett
      • Workshop 10: Dance of Triangles – Cynthia Vermillion-Foster
  • LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

    • 10:30 – 10:40 AM –  Spiritual Centering
    • 10:40 – 11:30 AM  – IMN Membership Meeting and Member Small Group Discussion
    • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – Closing Conversation with Arthur Boers and Betty Pries: Hosted by Jenny Stephens and Keith Copeland
    • 1:15 – 2:15 PM – Concurrent Workshop Discussions
      • Workshop 8 Discussion: Making a ZOOM training more effective using SQ3R – William Carl Thomas
      • Workshop 9 Discussion: Anti-racism in a Transitional Time – Keith Kron and Eleanor Scarlett
      • Workshop 10 discussion: Dance of Triangles – Cynthia Vermillion-Foster
      • Open Discussion/Conversation 3: LAMENT: using ancient practice as a means of coping in today’s context.– Katrina Palan
    • 2:30 – 3:30  Hall Talk Conversations (10 offerings) – Hosted by IMN Leaders

    All times are in the Eastern Time Zone. 

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  • PRE-RECORDINGS

    • WORKSHOPS
      • Workshop 11 Discussion: Currency of Relationship for the Hybrid Church – Eric Law, Bill Cruse, John BeckWorkshop 12 Discussion: Graceful Adjustments: Staff and Financial Downsizing in Congregations – Michelle CollinsWorkshop 13 Discussion: Ethnic Interim Ministry – Preaching with Compassion – Lilian Patey
  • LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

    • 9:30 – 10:15  AM     Early Start Club Gathering
    • 10: 30 – 11:30 AM   Concurrent Workshop Discussions
      • Workshop 11 Discussion: Currency of Relationship for the Hybrid Church – Eric Law, Bill Cruse, John Beck
      • Workshop 12 Discussion: Graceful Adjustments: Staff and Financial Downsizing in Congregations – Michelle Collins
      • Workshop 13 Discussion: Ethnic Interim Ministry – Preaching with Compassion – Lilian Patey
      • Open Discussion/Conversation 4: What are the challenges and gifts of leadership in these complex times? – Margret O’Neall
    • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM     Closing Conference Spiritual Gathering
    • 12:30 – 1:30 PM    Closing Hall Talk Conversation – Executive Committee

    All times are in the Eastern Time Zone. 

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PLENARY SPEAKERS

REV. ARTHUR BOERS
Author and Retired Priest

From inner city Chicago to rural Ontario to suburban Toronto, retired Anglican priest Arthur Boers (arthurboers.com) has been a small church pastor, church planter, leader of a historic congregation, and intentional interim. His books, include Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior; Servants and Fools: A Biblical Theology of Leadership; and The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago. His degrees include MA in Peace Studies, MDiv, MTh in Pastoral Counseling, DMin, and MFA in Creative Writing.

 

DR. BETTY PRIES
CEO, Senior Consultant

Betty Pries has over 26 years of experience coaching, mediating, training, facilitating and consulting. She specialized in working with complex challenges, supporting leaders and their organization to be at their best. She has worked with national and international organizations. Co-Founder and CEO at Credence & Co., she helps clients engage in tough, meaningful, and important conversations, set directions, and achieve positive organizational change. She is a Chartered Mediator with ADR Institute of Canada, a regular instructor at the University of Waterloo. She completed a PD at the Free University Amsterdam (VU) on conflict transformation.

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