2021 VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 1-5, 2021

Has your life and ministry been upended?

Is the dynamic nature of community, culture, and religion here to stay?

Join us as we reimagine our transitional toolbox.  You will experience how your skills shape what it means to be a faith-based community now.

Bring your resilience, curiosity, humor, playfulness, courage, perseverance, and mindfulness as we explore relevant theories and practices.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ⇒

PLENARY AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS ⇒

MEET PLENARY SPEAKERS BELOW⇓

REV. DR. CHARLES EDUARDOS

REV. DR. CHARLES EDUARDOS

The Reverend Charles Eduardos, C.Ht., All Saints Lutheran Church, Olmsted Falls, OH

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Eduardos has forty years of experience in ministry. He is also an Executive/Corporate Coach who sees his job is to guide you on the path of success. He specializes in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by gaining victory over the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and stress. He serves on the Board of Cleveland Clinic’s CPT program and is chaplain for the Olmsted Township Police Department and is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified NLP Practitioner.

Monday, November 1, 2021
2:15 – 4:30 PM

Entering into the Unknown. What needs to emerge? For you? For the congregation? This is a time, unlike any before, where we must let go and let come in. We must see with fresh eyes and must imagine again and again what can be.

REV. DR. TOD BOLSINGER

REV. DR. TOD BOLSINGER

Rev. Tod Bolsinger, Executive Director, DePree Center Church Leader Institute and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tod is the author of five books, including his latest, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. He has served as a pastor for 27 years and speaks, consults and coaches corporate, non-profit, educational, and church organizations in transformational leadership. He was the founder of the Fuller Leadership Platform, an innovative approach to online formation and leadership development and served as a Vice President of Fuller Seminary for six years.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
1:30 to 4:30 PM

How can you develop the resilience for facing the inevitable congregational resistance that comes in times of change? How can you create the conditions for forming greater congregational resilience for the next season of ministry?

REV. DR. JANET GEAR

REV. DR. JANET GEAR

Janet Gear is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and served as an Assistant Professor I Practical Theology and Director of Formation for Vancouver School of Theology.

Janet is on the Advisory Council for Pacific Jubilee and currently preaches, teaches, and leads retreats in British Columbia. Her primary focus of consultation with congregations and their leaders is in the area of theological diversity in congregational life. In 2018, she was made a McGeachy Senior Scholar, United Church of Canada, for her Theological Banquet work.

Thursday, November 4, 2021
3:00 to 5:30 PM

These times have stirred up an unparalleled search for meaning, hope, purpose and opportunities to make a difference in a threatened world. How do our congregations become places to wrestle with and respond to this moment? How does the church offer itself in these times? The Theological Banquet provides a lens and language to identify and name unspoken beliefs from the ground up and aid congregations to gain a renewed sense of the purpose while offering possibilities to work together across differences respectfully and effectively. Build capacity for faith-first leadership in theologically diverse congregations.

Ambassador Andrew Young

Ambassador Andrew Young

CHATS WITH THE INTERIM MINISTRY NETWORK’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

Due to an unexpected family emergency, The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. will not be able to join us on Thursday, November 4th. The Rev. Andrew Young has graciously agreed to step in and bring to the conference participants his life experiences, the influence of his divinity school and years in ministry, and his work for civil rights. He speaks to the unique opportunities interim clergy have in their congregational service in times of change and speaks broadly to today’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concerns in our communities. It is an honor to welcome the former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta Mayor to the conference.

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