Special Events

Nurturing Pastoral Leadership & Development


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. 

Hone for the Holidays - How Family Systems Theory Can Make Thanksgiving Better

Tuesday, November 15 from 1 to 3 pm - Registration link here.

As Thanksgiving approaches, clergy often feel less than thankful. For active clergy, the holidays bring not only some of the most meaningful moments of the year, but also some of the most stressful, as the relationship demands, at each turn, dial up the pressure. This interactive session is an invitation to get clear, to get grounded, and to enter the holidays with a curious eye, alert to patterns in the congregational system, in the family system, and in one's own physiological system that could provide information and insight.

Jake Morrill is a leadership coach and organizational consultant, promoting maturity in relationships, at home, church, and work. A Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and former Chaplain in the US Army Reserve, for 19 years, he served as Lead Minister in a Congregation in East Tennessee. Jake is a long-time student of Bowen Family Systems Theory, and is on the Faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. His most recent book, The Boundaries Workbook, came out this past April. His website is www.jakemorrill.com, where people can sign up for his weekly newsletter, Tenacious Play.

Financial Literacy and Budgeting

Tuesday, November 29 from 7 to 8:30 pm - Registration information here.

Nimi Wariboko, former faculty member at Andover Newton Seminary, famously proclaimed “Budget is theology!” A good budget provides the crosswalk between a church’s mission and its plan to realize its mission. Like it or not, a budget provides tangible evidence as to whether a congregation is actually committed to its vision. 

This seminar explores some of the opportunities embedded in budgets and the budgeting process. Rather than viewing budgets and the budgeting process as simply a requirement of good governance, we will examine how budgets and budgeting can be used to build community and attract new members.

James L. Elrod Jr.’s career in finance has spanned thirty five years, including significant time in the nonprofit sector. He has served on the boards of a variety of organizations, include Christ Church Greenwich and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.  He serves on the faculty at Yale Divinity School, teaching nonprofit finance, and lives in Riverside, Connecticut.

Past Events:

Leading in a Liminal Season with Rev. Susan Beaumont

Liminality refers to the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs during transition, when a person or group of people is in between something that has ended and something else that is not yet ready to begin. During this webinar, we introduce liminality and explore the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in liminal space. We will explore this pandemic season as a liminal season requiring a unique leadership stance and a different body of leadership work.

The Rev. Susan Beaumont is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA. Susan has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and Canada. She is known for her ground-breaking work in the leadership dynamics of large congregations. For more information, check out her website:  www.susanbeaumont.com.

Tempered Resilience - How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change with Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger

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. 

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)