Webinar Schedule

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.

November 26, 2019
1:00 to 2:30 pm eastern

Change Theories of Transitional Ministry
Norman Bendroth

William Bridges has said that the hardest part of change for people and institutions is not change per se, but transition. Change is inevitable, but transition is unsettling and scary. The Bible is rich with stories of change and transition and how God worked in the midst of them. This webinar will supplement those stories by looking at four theories of understanding and helping congregations move through transition. It will also equip the pastoral leader to initiate and navigate the change process.

Rev. Dr. Norman B. Bendroth is a Professional Transitional Specialist trained by the Interim Ministry Network and serves on their faculty. He has served as a settled pastor in two United Church of Christ congregations and as an Interim Minister at 11 churches. Norman is editor of Transitional Ministry Today: Successful Strategies for Churches and Pastors (Rowman and Littlefield, Dec. 2014) and Interim Ministry in Action: A Handbook for Churches in Transition also with Rowman and Littlefield. Norman is a Board-Certified coach and consultant. He received his D.Min. from Andover Newton Theological School where he studied theology and family systems theory. His website is at church-consultants.org


Change Theories of Transitional Ministry
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Previous Offered Webinars

September 24, 2019
1:00 to 2:30 pm eastern

Strategic Planning for Congregations
Fred Darbonne

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 ConversationsStrategic 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
Michael Remson

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.

Michael Remson is a retired rabbi, with degrees in Hebrew Literature. His career included extensive experience in both settled and interim positions. Michael is a gifted teacher and story teller who served several years on the IMN faculty and is currently on the IMN Board of Directors.


Biblical Stories on Transition
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