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Learn to live and lead well

To be certified, students must complete the weeklong intensive, respond to blog postings, participate (or watch and write a summary of) scheduled webinars, present and submit their ministry plan, and pass the final exam that covers information found in the assigned readings.

Schedule for a weeklong immersion

3:00pm: Arrive, Registration and 10-minute Interviews
6:00pm: Opening Dinner
7:15pm: Orientation, Distribution of Resources and Creation of Group Covenant
9:00pm: Vespers (hospitality time afterwards)

8:30am: Breakfast
9:15am: Morning Worship
10:00am: Introduction to Lifelong Faith Formation
12:00pm: Lunch & Sabbath Time
1:30pm: Adventure Sequencing and Team Building
5:30pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Progressive Christianity
8:30pm: Vespers (hospitality time afterwards)

8:30am: Breakfast
9:15am: Morning Worship
10:00am: Introduction to Facilitating CHANGE
12:00pm: Lunch & Sabbath Time
1:30pm: Adventure Sequencing (ropes)
5:30pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Family Systems
8:30pm: Vespers (hospitality time afterwards).

8:30am: Breakfast
9:15am: Morning Worship
10:00am: Engaging the Bible with Youth
12:00pm: Lunch & Sabbath Time
1:30pm: Engaging Contemplative Practices & Worship With Youth
3:30pm: Contemplative Practices (in silence)
5:30pm: Dinner (in silence)
8:00pm: Vespers (processing the silence afterwards)
9:00pm: Hospitalityo.

8:30am: Breakfast
9:15am: Morning Worship
10:00am: Discovering Your Spiritual Type
12:00pm: Lunch & Sabbath Time
1:30pm: Adolescent Development
3:30pm: Adventure Sequencing
5:30pm: Closing Banquet (off-site)
8:30pm: Vespers (hospitality time afterwards)

8:30am: Breakfast
9:15am: Morning Worship
10:00am: Next steps, Ministry Plans, Evaluations, Affirmations and Blessing and Sending
12:00pm: Lunch

SCHEDULE FOR A WEEKEND IMMERSION

5:30pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Schedule Ministry Plan Presentations; Review Ministry Plan Presentation Process
8:00pm: Vespers (hospitality afterwards)

8:00am: Breakfast
8:45am: Morning Worship
9:15pm: Ministry Plan Presentations and Feedback
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Ministry Plan Presentations and Feedback
5:30pm: Dinner
6:15pm: Review of Ministry Plans; Communicating Your Plan to Your Congregation
7:30pm: Vespers (hospitality afterwards)

8:00am: Breakfast
9:30am: Worship
11:00am: Presentation of Certificates; Sending and Blessing
12:00pm: Lunch

Readings & Resources for Each Course

Core Curriculm

Webinars to Watch

(1pm central: access webinar)

If you didn’t participate in the webinar, please watch the recording, and then email Jim a summary of the key points along with three ways that you’d apply the information to your ministry setting. 

Reading Assignments

Read by May 18
Surface To Soul
Confirmation Milestone
Leadership Toolkit
Sample Ministry Plans
A Guide to 21st Century Faith Formation
Faith Formation 2020
A Lifelong Faith Formation Network
Leadership for 21st Century Faith Formation

Read by May 23
Cultural Change that Sticks
Worship as a Model for Faith Formation

Read by June 30
Vibrant Faith in the Congregation
Children’s Faith Formation
First Third of Life
Generations Together 

Read by August 31
The Ecologies of Lifelong Faith Formation
Trends & Developments in Faith Formation 
Adulthood
Parents & Faith Formation 

Read by October 31
52 Presentation Tips
Church Communication 
Granger Communication Guide
Making Your Presentation Stick
Social Media Action Tool

The assigned readings are designed to help students formulate coherent responses to the following questions:

  1. How is faith formed in the 21st century?
  2. What is leadership and how does one exercise it?
  3. What might a lifelong faith formation network look like in my ministry setting?
  4. How can I communicate what matter most in ways that connect with people?

Presenting Your Ministry Plan

During the reunion, every student will be given 20 minutes to present their plan to their fellow students and training staff. The presentation serves as a “rehearsal” to prepare you to present your plan to members of your congregation. You will receive feedback from students and training staff regarding your plan and your presentation. Many students find this to be one of the most valuable portions of the school. You will need to bring hard copies of your plan for all participants and staff.

Certschool Covenant

We commit to . . .encourage, affirm & pray for one another.speak well of & build up one another.communicate in transparent & Christ-like ways.be willing to see and do things in new ways.be held accountable for completing assignments.

Contact Jim

Phone: 952.405.7302-o; 612.865.0628-M
Email: jladoux@vibrantfaith.org
Home Email: jimladoux@me.com
www.facebook.com/jimladoux
www.twitter.com/jimladoux

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Leadership Principles

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Adaptive Leadership addresses the biggest challenges facing an organization

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