Special Events

Nurturing Pastoral Leadership & Development


Author Talk with Tod Bolsinger - September 22 at 7 pm


Tempered Resilience - How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change

Ask any leader and she will tell you that leading change is hard work. But the hardest part of all? It's the part that almost none of us expect. The most soul-sucking thing for most leaders is not the challenge of a changing world, but overcoming the resistance of our own people to make the changes they need to survive and thrive. 

Tod Bolsinger, author of Tempered Resilience and Canoeing the Mountains, will share the insights gleaned from 30 years of ministry leadership, being a professor of leadership formation, and a coach and consultant to ministry leaders all over the world. 

Register by August 20 for $35 early bird pricing; price increases to $50 between August 21 and September 15 when registration closes for the event.

To register for this author talk via Zoom, use this link.

About the Author: Tod Bolsinger


Tod Bolsinger, MDiv, PhD, is the Executive Director of the De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow of the De Pree Center for Leadership, and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tod was the founder of the Fuller Leadership Platform, an innovative approach to online formation and leadership development and served as a Vice President of Fuller Seminary for six years.

He is the author of five books, including the Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in pastoral leadership, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience and most recently, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change.

Tod served as a pastor for 27 years. Bolsinger speaks, consults and is an executive coach for corporate, non-profit, educational and church organizations in transformational leadership. His blogs and other resources can be found at depree.org/church.



Educational Retreats & Colloquies

These annual events will offer all clergy the opportunity to join together with partners from different backgrounds to learn and reflect on transitional times in their ministry. During the event, there will be opportunities for discussion, reflection and learning. The TWT Program Director is open to suggestions for questions and topics to be addressed at a future event. 



This event has been postponed due to low registration numbers. Please check back later. 

Leading in a Liminal Season

with Susan Beaumont

Rev. Susan Beaumont is a coach, consultant and the author of How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You are Going: Leading in a Liminal Season.

Costs: $-- (includes 7 Contact or Continuing Education hours)

For Complete Details: Please check back in the Fall.  

Past Events:

Nurturing Clergy Resiliency, Creativity & Wellness with Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund

This January 2021 event was focused on the needs of Pastors & Chaplains for a chance to take a deep breath and tend to their bodies and spirits in the midst of pastoring during multiple pandemics.  Through presentations, workshops and conversations around building resiliency, attending to mental wellness, and nourishing the spiritual life of faith leaders, authorized minister found respite.  The event also included opportunities to participate in spiritual practices and other forms of hands-on self-care.  

Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund is the author of the widely regarded book Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family and Church (Chalice Press, 2014) and blogs at sarahgriffithlund.com. In addition to serving as the Senior Pastor of First Congregational UCC in Indianapolis, she is the Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice  on the UCC's Wholeness Advocacy Team of Justice and Local Church Ministries.

Questions:  Contact the Program Director (Ramsey-mabroukh@sneucc.org)