Invitational Christian - Quality Matters
Sep
29
9:45 AM09:45

Invitational Christian - Quality Matters

… What we see in our long-term involvement may satisfy us, keep us motivated, and encourage us to give our resources to keep it going - but if things are not done well enough so that a friend visiting for the first time can overlook inconsistent practices or awkward gaps, we will not be inspired to invite them.

We may love our church but be ashamed of the clutter in the halls, peeling paint in the sanctuary, or the musty smell emanating from the basement. What we are content to live with ourselves, we may not want company to see. - Rev. Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

Exploration of Dave Daubert’s book The Invitational Christian continues with a discussion of Chapter 3: Quality Matters.

Location: Upstairs classroom
Books: available from Paul Brueggemeier, cost $7.95
Do I need a book to attend? No! Please come!

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Invitational Christian - Knowing Our Story
Oct
6
9:45 AM09:45

Invitational Christian - Knowing Our Story

… if our congregations are working well, we are helping each other see and make sense of how God is at work in our lives. But at almost any mainline congregation, the typical Sunday morning conversation doesn’t usually include much about God. … the chitchat filling our fellowship halls sounds not too different from that of a coffee shop on a weekday.

If a visitor comes to church to find out what God might be up to in his or her life, they will all too often find people who haven’t wrestled with that very question themselves. - Rev. Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

Exploration of Dave Daubert’s book The Invitational Christian continues with a discussion of Chapter 4: Knowing Our Story.

Location: Upstairs classroom
Books: available from Paul Brueggemeier, cost $7.95
Do I need a book to attend? No! Please come!

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Invitational Christian - Address Their Fears
Oct
13
9:45 AM09:45

Invitational Christian - Address Their Fears

One of the main reasons that mainline Christians say they won’t invite people to church is that they are afraid … People are genuinely nervous about invitation.
- Rev. Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

- Fear of Rejection
- Fear of Fanaticism
- Fear of Harming a Good Relationship
- Fear of Appearing Stupid or Foolish

Exploration of Dave Daubert’s book The Invitational Christian continues with a discussion of Chapter 5: Address Their Fears.

Location: Upstairs classroom
Books: available from Paul Brueggemeier, cost $7.95
Do I need a book to attend? No! Please come!

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Invitational Christian - Give Them Tools - Importance of With - Following Up
Oct
20
9:45 AM09:45

Invitational Christian - Give Them Tools - Importance of With - Following Up

One key to invitation is the presence of … invitations. … The presence of a concrete invitation can help someone feel grounded and more in control…

While a good web presence is no substitute for invitational culture, it can certainly help. … There are more than a few people who will want to check out what it is that they are being invited to before coming.

One of the reasons that we invite people into the life of the church is that we hope they will discover that involvement in church inspires new life. … Follow up is best done with intentionality. … The church needs to provide an intentional way to ensure that guests are not taken for granted, but given care and attention after their first visit. - Rev. Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

Exploration of Dave Daubert’s book The Invitational Christian concludes with a discussion of Chapters 6, 7, & 8: Give Them Tools, The Importance of With, and Following Up.

Location: Upstairs classroom
Books: available from Paul Brueggemeier, cost $7.95
Do I need a book to attend? No! Please come!

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Bishop Kuempel - "Sanctuary Denomination"
Oct
27
9:45 AM09:45

Bishop Kuempel - "Sanctuary Denomination"

Bishop Kristen Kuempel will discuss what it means for the ELCA to be a “Sanctuary Denomination.”

Location: Upstairs Classroom

Bishop Kristen Kuempel was born and raised in Eastern Washington (with a few years in Montana for good measure). She graduated with a degree in Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and attended seminary at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. She has worked with congregations in the Twin Cities, North Dakota, Kansas and served most recently as Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Kennewick, Wash.

She is a passionate supporter of campus and outdoor ministries, believing these are two areas where future faith leaders are born―leaders who will be well-equipped to face the changes that are sweeping across our culture and changing our churches in ways we still don't entirely understand. She believes that technology is a tool that can be used to create community among vast distances and across various philosophies, and uses that tool to help foster a needed sense of connection throughout the Intermountain Northwest synod.

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Canoeing the Mountains - Part 1
Nov
3
9:45 AM09:45

Canoeing the Mountains - Part 1

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along.
Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.
If you're going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Reading this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

This class will be led by Dr. Dwight E. Palmer, author of Taking Charge Constructively: A Framework for Personal Empowerment. His professional career has included being a specialist in youth development education, a state director of human resource development, university department administrator and a national project director of a major volunteer development initiative.

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Canoeing the Mountains - Part 2
Nov
10
9:45 AM09:45

Canoeing the Mountains - Part 2

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along.
Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.
If you're going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Reading this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

This class will be led by Dr. Dwight E. Palmer, author of Taking Charge Constructively: A Framework for Personal Empowerment. His professional career has included being a specialist in youth development education, a state director of human resource development, university department administrator and a national project director of a major volunteer development initiative.

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Canoeing the Mountains - Part 3
Nov
17
9:45 AM09:45

Canoeing the Mountains - Part 3

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along.
Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.
If you're going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Reading this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

This class will be led by Dr. Dwight E. Palmer, author of Taking Charge Constructively: A Framework for Personal Empowerment. His professional career has included being a specialist in youth development education, a state director of human resource development, university department administrator and a national project director of a major volunteer development initiative.

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Canoeing the Mountains - Part 4
Nov
24
9:45 AM09:45

Canoeing the Mountains - Part 4

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along.
Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.
If you're going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Reading this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

This class will be led by Dr. Dwight E. Palmer, author of Taking Charge Constructively: A Framework for Personal Empowerment. His professional career has included being a specialist in youth development education, a state director of human resource development, university department administrator and a national project director of a major volunteer development initiative.

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Invitational Christian - Why Should Anyone Come
Sep
22
9:45 AM09:45

Invitational Christian - Why Should Anyone Come

A healthy congregation has clear values and practices at the core of its identity. It has a shared life in a community where people of faith care for one another, share stories of God’s work in their lives, pray for one another, and cultivate a meaningful and life-giving relationship with the world around them. …

Sadly, most congregations that are in decline are missing this dynamic faith life. … They lack the required vibrancy to know and show why being part of a faith community matters. When visitors come, they often don’t find what they came for. … They find a tired group of nice people who are hoping something will turn things around. - Rev. Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

Exploration of Dave Daubert’s book The Invitational Christian continues with a discussion of Chapter 2: Why Should Anyone Come.

Location: Upstairs classroom
Books: available from Paul Brueggemeier, cost $7.95
Do I need a book to attend? No! Please come!

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Invitational Christian - A Changing World
Sep
15
9:45 AM09:45

Invitational Christian - A Changing World

Church membership has become one hobby among many for a high percentage of our members. … the church has lost members, is aging, and is often demoralized. … there has been a decline in church participation that people grieve but don’t know what to do to change. They all too often simply wait, watch and hope. - Rev. Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

Exploration of Dave Daubert’s book The Invitational Christian begins with a discussion of Chapter 1: A Changing World.

Location: Upstairs classroom
Books: available from Paul Brueggemeier, cost $7.95
Do I need a book to attend? No! Please come!

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