Leadership

Events, notices and stories about leadership offerings from BC Conference.

General Council July 21-28th 2018 - Awesome Opportunity for Youth from BC!

Deadline for applications: November 1/2017.

Contact: Doris Kizinna
Call 1.800.934.0434 in BC, ext. 303 or 604.341.2724 (mobile) or dkizinna [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (email).

Apply to attend Winter Retreat: February 16-19th, Five Oaks Conference Centre in Ontario. They will also attend the General Council in Oshawa, July 21-28/2018. This Retreat will help to prepare and form the Youth attending Youth Forum at GC 43. At this Retreat, the five youth from BC will gather with five youth from all the other Conferences in Canada.

 

 

 

Holy Shift: Innovation and Our Story

Start Date: 
Oct 20 2017 - 7:00pm - Oct 22 2017 - 1:00pm

What is the future of Church in the 21st century and how do we tell the story of our faith in this context?

Holy Shift is a dynamic learning conference for congregation members, staff and clergy to share ideas, connect and dream about the unfolding of Spirit in their communities.

Held in Parksville at Knox United on Oct 20-22, this year’s event features Beth Ann Estock, author of Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century, and Kelli Walker-Jones, author of Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership. Beth Ann’s book meshes spiral dynamics with analysis and examples of new expressions of faith communities in the 21st century.

A must-read for anyone daring to innovate!

Full details are on the Leadershift website. Read the poster!

Registration is now open and available here.

Mission-focused Performance management with Susan Beaumont

Start Date: 
Nov 15 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

At the heart of any faith community is mission, not tasks. Yet so often we aren’t sure how to tie the performance of staff and volunteers to mission instead of output. In this one day workshop get the tools and vision to lead staff and volunteers in a way that supports mission and generates excitement and passion.

Author, Alban consultant and spiritual director Susan Beaumont brings decades of experience working with churches of all sizes to create teams that understand their purpose and how they will be evaluated for their work. Help your team reach its full potential so it can best serve God’s mission in your community.

Northwood United Church, 8855-156th Street, Surrey, BC

COST: $150 for one day, or $225 for both this workshop and the Adaptive Change workshop.

See the Leadershift website for information about all workshops.

To register, click here.

Questions? Contact leadershiftinfo [at] gmail [dot] com (Rhian Walker).

Adaptive Change: Leading through change with Susan Beaumont

Start Date: 
Nov 14 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Have you have ever struggled with a problem that will not go away? The solutions may often seem obvious, such as the need for a new approach or tool, a different process, or better communication. Yet you seem to face unexpected resistance to these seemingly “obvious” fixes or the problem stubbornly persists. You may be facing an adaptive challenge.

Back by popular demand, this introductory course helps you identify and make progress on a leadership challenge in your own life. Author, Alban Institute consultant and spiritual director Susan Beaumont works with church leaders to evolve to a new model of leadership that better responds to the changing context of our time.

Northwood United Church, 8855-156th Street, Surrey, BC

COST: $150 for one day, $225 if you take Adaptive Change AND Mission-based team performance

To register, click here. 

Questions? Contact leadershiftinfo [at] gmail [dot] com (Rhian Walker).

External Organizational Audit completed in 2016

Every three years the BC Conference Executive hires an independent “auditor” to look at the whole work of BC Conference (not just its finances). The goal is to make sure the work being done is following the purposes and goals of the Conference and is being done in an effective and efficient manner.

In 2016 the well-known church governance “guru”, Dan Hotchkiss, carried out the review. Since receiving his report in November the Conference Executive has been discussing it and exploring ways of following up on its recommendations.

His findings and recommendations can be read here.
 

Candidacy and Admission Board interviews

Start Date: 
Jan 31 2018 (All day) - Feb 2 2018 (All day)

Next Candidacy and Admission Board interviews are Jan 31- Feb 2, 2018.

DEADLINE for interview request is December15, 2017  Please complete this form to request an interview.

LeaderShift changes leadership

Shifting Times, Courageous Leadership

To be a faithful leader in this time means we need to have the inner and outer skills necessary to lead spiritually, creatively and Biblically. Through LeaderShift, BC Conference has dedicated resources to support leaders in managing change and leading faithfully through challenge.

LeaderShift provides programs, coaching and on-site support to Ministry Personnel in BC Conference who are doing the inspiring and challenging work of building communities of faith.

LeaderShift relies on the body of Christ to share and celebrate the gifts of many. Christian leaders are never made in isolation. Our faith understands leadership to be a gift developed in community. Trainers and facilitators for our programs come from many backgrounds and fields of expertise.

For more information contact: 

Treena Duncan- Program Director, tduncan [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca

Rev Rhian Walker- Conference Minister- LeaderShift, rhian [dot] walker [at] gmail [dot] com

Brenda Wolff- Program Assistant, bwolff [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca

For more information on upcoming LeaderShift Events visit the LeaderShift website: https://leadershiftbcc.ca/

M&P 101 Training workshop Abbotsford

Start Date: 
Nov 26 2016 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

BC Conference is hosting 2 separate M&P 101 training workshops in November. These workshops are for M&P Committee Members, Board or Council members or anyone who is interested! You may attend either workshop, the same material will be covered.

The workshop is free, with an option to purchase lunch. Please register so we make enough copies of the information packages, and set up enough chairs!

 

 

Saturday, November 26, 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Gladwin Heights United Church, 3474 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
With Kathy Davies, Conference Minister for Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries
Click here to register.
 

Celebration of Ministry 2016

Start Date: 
Jun 4 2016 - 1:30pm

The Celebration of Ministry worship service for this year in BC Conference was held on June 4, 2016.

Watch the Celebration of Ministry! 
The service was live streamed and continues to be available here for viewing and downloading. 

This service is usually held at the General Meeting of BC Conference except in those years (like 2016) when there is no General Meeting.  Eleven people were ordained or recognized as Designated Lay Ministers.  Preaching was the Rev. Dr. Keith Howard of Victoria.

Leadership Foundations Module: Building Skills in Transitional Ministry and Ministry of Supervision

Start Date: 
Jan 22 2018 (All day) - Jan 25 2018 (All day)

 

Leadership Foundations: Essential skills for leading congregations

 

Leading a congregation in these times means drawing on a diverse tool kit that helps you navigate change, deal with conflict and build the leadership capacity of your volunteers.

This 4 day workshop will give you an executive tool kit for leading through changing times. Covering leadership models, generational theory, conflict management and team building, this course is a pre-requisite for those overseeing supervised ministry placements and interim ministry.

January 22–25, 2018

Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge

Cost: $525 for BC residents,

$650 for non-BC residents.

Includes accommodation and meals.

Click here to Register

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