Fall Webinar Schedule
All webinars sessions will be presented on the Zoom video conferencing format, for 90 minutes. Participants will register for each session separately. Once registration is complete, conference information will be sent by email. Cost for IMN members is $35 and for non-IMN members is $50.
Webinar information, including but not limited to, date, times, topic or presenter are subject to change.
September 24, 2019
1:00 to 2:30 pm eastern
Strategic Planning for Congregations
Strategic planning is just as critical for congregations as other organizations, even more so for those in transition. The congregational plan includes the basics of standard strategy practice, adding the work of prayerful discernment of what God is calling the congregation to be and to do right now. Strategic ministry planning addresses the three questions of “Who are we?” “Who is our neighbor?” and “What is God calling us to do?” posed by Alice Mann and Gil Rendle in their work, Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations. Strategic planning can be an umbrella methodology for working through the interim ministry focus points and creating a fruitful ministry future.
We will look at the basics of strategic planning and review a sample facilitation process that you can use in your ministry setting. We will discuss the formatting of a strategic plan and a monitoring and implementation process. You will gain a starting foundation for developing your skills in this vital tool.
Fred Darbonne is an Interim Ministry Network faculty member and Professional Transition Specialist. Fred has been in transitional/interim ministry for 11 years. He is a member of the Association for Strategic Planning in Toronto, Ontario, and the principal of Strategy By Design, an organization focused on non-profit strategic planning. Fred has taught Systems Theory and Organizational Design in the MBA program of Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa, and Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He has done continuing studies in transitional ministry and planning with the Center for Congregational Health, the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and the Alban Institute.
October 22, 2019
1:00 to 2:30 pm eastern
Biblical Stories on Transition
The Israelites left Egypt as a group of tribes with a “mixed multitude.” At Sinai they became a nation united under a set of laws. Under Joshua that nation became landed, and under Saul and David they transitioned into a kingdom.
In this webinar we will look at aspects of these transitions and discuss what was done well and what mistakes were made. We will use this discussion to reflect on our own transitional leadership.
Participants should have a Bible at hand.