IMN Webinar Schedule

2020 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.

January 28, 2020

Understanding Your Congregational Finances – “An utterly basic view”
John Keydel

This webinar is designed to revisit the most basic and foundational aspects of congregational finances: the interlocking elements of the balance sheet and income statement, the role of the planning tool popularly known as the Budget, and some conversation about endowments (vs savings) and designated funds….

Rev. John F. Keydel Jr. is serving his 6th interim position, with prior positions on the Eastern Shore, in Cincinnati (2), Chicago and Central New York. Prior to ministry as an Intentional Interim, John spent 9 years on the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, with responsibility for Congregational Development, Clergy and Congregational Transitions (oversight of interim processes in congregations), Ministry Development, and various other responsibilities. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood in 1996, he spent approximately 15 years as retail banker in Southern Connecticut.

He has a deep commitment to Life Long Learning of both individuals and congregations, and in addition to a broad range of education, has done course work for both a D. Min. in Congregational Development and a PhD in Organizational Transformation.

John has been a long time member of the IMN. He has served many terms on the IMN Board of Directors and Faculty.

February 25, 2020

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.

March 24, 2020

Agreements and Contracting
Arlen Vernava

Description coming soon.

Rev. Arlen Vernava has served, since 1985, both settled and interim congregations in the Northeast and provided leadership to ecumenical and interfaith groups and organizations. Vernava is an IMN Professional Transition Specialist, an IMN Faculty member, Team Lead for the IMN Education Team and a Senior Consultant with Design Group International. His ministry includes coaching executive leaders during organizational change and transition, helping congregations and organizations live into their vocation, and serving as embedded strategic interim during a congregation’s seasons of change and transition. In March, he completed a year-long course of study and certification in Coaching and the Enneagram, through the Madanes School of Enneagram Coaching in Israel.

REGISTER FOR WEBINARS BELOW

All webinars will begin promptly at 1:00 pm and end at 2:30 pm eastern. Prior registration is necessary to receive additional materials and links. IMN Members are current paid members. Make your selection below and add to cart. Follow the prompts for payment.

Understanding Congregational Finances

IMN Member - Add $35.00
Non Member - Add $50.00

Strategic Planning for Congregations

IMN Member - Add $35.00
Non Member - Add $50.00

Agreements and Contracting

IMN Member - Add $35.00
Non Member - Add $50.00



April 28, 2020

World Cafe (Tool)
Margaret Bain

Perhaps you have heard of the World Café. Perhaps you have participated in one. This webinar is designed to help you develop a process by which you can use the world Café method in your interim congregation or consulting work, in order to help people have meaningful, creative and collaborative conversation.

margaret J wheatley in her book ” turning to one another” says:
“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, honest, human conversation. Not mediation, negotiation, problem solving, debate, or public meetings. Simple, truthful Conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we­­ each feel heard, and we each listen well.”

The webinar will focus on the development of what  Margaret Bain calls a “Conversation Café” that can be designed specifically to focus on discussions  that needs congregational involvement and input. It can be used in a worship setting, a workshop or a committee meeting and can address any number of subjects including discussion of values, mission statements, vision, profiles,  governance or the future of the congregation.

Margaret Bain is a retired member of the Order of Ministry in the United Church of Canada, a long-time member of IMN and the faculty of the Interim Ministry Network, and a Professional Transition Specialist. She has served the IMN on the Board and as its president. During her 46 years in active ministry she served both in settled and interim positions. In retirement she continues to work as a consultant to congregations in transition; as a mentor to new Interim Ministers; Mentor to the new faculty members of the IMN; and as a Life Coach.

Margaret’s passion in working with communities of faith is to see them move forward in their faith journey, able to communicate with one another in meaningful and inclusive ways.

May 19, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 am

Well-Being in Ministry (Self-Care)
John Stonesifer

Description coming soon!

The Rev. Dr. John DeWitt Stonesifer is an Episcopal priest with 35 years in ordained ministry. His focus the last twenty years has been on interim ministry, leading him to serve in parish, life-care community and school settings.  He is currently serving in his 22nd interim position. John is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A.) and the Virginia Theological Seminary (M. Div.). Post-graduate work has included studies in marketing and church management at the Theological College of the Bahamas (M.B.A.), Appreciative Inquiry with Clergy Leadership Institute and Mediation Training with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and credentials as a life and business coach. John earned his Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min) from Louisille Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his work on interim leadership.

July 28, 2020

Governance vs. Management
Arlen Vernava

Description coming soon.

Rev. Arlen Vernava has served, since 1985, both settled and interim congregations in the Northeast and provided leadership to ecumenical and interfaith groups and organizations. Vernava is an IMN Professional Transition Specialist, an IMN Faculty member, Team Lead for the IMN Education Team and a Senior Consultant with Design Group International. His ministry includes coaching executive leaders during organizational change and transition, helping congregations and organizations live into their vocation, and serving as embedded strategic interim during a congregation’s seasons of change and transition. In March, he completed a year-long course of study and certification in Coaching and the Enneagram, through the Madanes School of Enneagram Coaching in Israel.

REGISTER FOR WEBINARS BELOW

All webinars will begin promptly at 1:00 pm and end at 2:30 pm eastern. Prior registration is necessary to receive additional materials and links. IMN Members are current paid members. Make your selection below and add to cart. Follow the prompts for payment.

World Café (Tool)

IMN Member - Add $35.00
Non Member - Add $50.00

Well-Being in MInistry (Self Care)

IMN Member - Add $35.00
Non Member - Add $50.00

Governance vs. Management

IMN Member - Add $35.00
Non Member - Add $50.00



Previous Offered Webinars

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.

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

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