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2017 Fall Learning Event 

"Be the Church: Mission Planning for Vitality and Impact"

November 17-18, 2017    Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Forster Road, Canandaigua NY 14424  

2017FallLE 3This learning event equipped leaders around the fourth factor most conducive to a congregation’s vitality—the ability to lead and encourage ministries of evangelism, service, stewardship and social transformation. Using the statements in the popular UCC Resources “Be the Church” banner as a framework, participants were introduced to a process of discernment, planning, and assessment to help congregations live more fully into their mission and purpose in concrete, measurable ways.

Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) of the UCC and author of Congregational Vitality and Ministerial Excellence: Intersections and Possibilities for Ministry, the report upon which our two-year series of learning events has been based.

 See the article here on the "Be The Church" assessment tool. 2017FallLE 2

2017 NYSOM Spring Learning Event

"From Management to Leadership: How Leadership Styles Motivate and Empower Vital Ministry"Marsha Henderson 3.2

Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams March 17 - March 18, 2017 

“This was the most engaging time I’ve experienced in NYSOM – expand it!”

 “Greatly expanded my understanding of leadership”

 “Excellent topic – outstanding presenter – Marsha is fantastic!”

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2016 NYSOM Fall Learning Event

"Discerning the Body: What We Need to Know About Our Churches to Lead Them Effectively through Change"

 Rev. Dr. Mark Lawson November 18 - 19, 2016

“One of the most dynamic and engaging NYSOM programs I have attended.”
“This needs to be taught in all seminary field-ed programs.”
“Mark’s presentation was very enlightening! Valuable stuff.”
“I always think I’m too busy to take the time for these retreats…and am always thankful I did when it’s over…so necessary both personally and professionally."

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2016 NYSOM Spring Learning Event

"Seeing in the Dark: Framing and Testing a Vision in Community"

Rev. Beth DuBois April 15 - April 16, 2016

“Great fellowship — developed some friendships & embraced some new visions/ideas to take back to my church.”
“It was informative and inspiring.”
“A host of ideas from fields beyond theology/religion. New approach to me.”



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