Teaching: Start Up! Start Over! Congregational Development seminar registration opens

February 20, 2007

Clergy and laity of congregations seeking rejuvenation and vision will gather at the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix Metrocenter in Phoenix, Arizona, for a Start Up! Start Over! seminar May 7-11.

Start Up! Start Over! is a national training event for clergy and laity that provides basic congregational development theory and skills for congregations in decline and seeking a new direction, have hit a growth plateau and need new energy, or are thriving and ready for their next step.

The Rev. Charles N. Fulton III, director of Congregational Development and president of the Episcopal Church Building Fund will lead a seminar staff of experienced practitioners of church growth who have started new churches and led congregational turn-arounds.

Seminar participants will learn practical, goal oriented skills to help them rediscover the optimistic, mission oriented spirit that marks healthy thriving congregations.

Agenda topics include:

  • The basic principles of congregational development and church life cycle
  • Interpreting your congregational demographics to program towards growth
  • Decision making and meeting management skills
  • Marketing and conducting a campaign to invite new members
  • Planning church space that is within your budget, appropriate for your future
  • New member incorporation - how visitors become involved members of a congregation
  • Leading in changing times
  • The use of multi-media in congregation life and worship
  • Making your site and buildings inviting to the visitor
  • Understanding generational differences and reaching the un-churched members of the electronic culture

The cost which includes tuition, 5 nights lodging, and 10 meals is: $775 single, $650 (each) double, $395 commuter. For more information call Sally O'Brien at 800-334-7626 ext. 6003 or email sobrien[@]episcopalchurch.org. Registration materials can be downloaded here. (Note: This seminar regularly fills to capacity months before the registration deadline. Call to verify availability.)

Start Up! Start Over! is sponsored by the Office of Congregational Development and coordinated in partnership with the Episcopal Church Building Fund.