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Twenty-Four Hour Learning Events

Our fall and spring gatherings are learning events that bring a diverse group of participants together for thought provoking programs and vital community. Everyone is welcome. 

2017 Fall Learning Event 

“Be the Church: Mission Planning for Vitality and Impact”


Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

November 17-18, 2017    

Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Forster Road, Canandaigua NY 14424  

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This learning event will equip 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 will be introduced to a process of discernment, planning, and assessment to help congregations live more fully into their mission and purpose in concrete, measurable ways. Leading and encouraging change is never easy, so individuals will also gain strategies for guiding congregations through these processes toward lasting impact and change.

The event begins with dinner at 6 pm on Friday, Nov 17, and concludes about 4 pm on Saturday, after the closing communion service that celebrates the gifts for ministry of our Certificate Program graduates.

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.

Cost: Overnight: $115; Commuters: $60  

This event fulfills 6 hours toward the continuing education requirement for authorized ministers. See the article here on the "Be The Church" assessment tool. 

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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