hope for churches in stress

seminars

In six seminars, all available to your church or constituency, Barnabas Initiatives offers skills and strategies to revitalize churches. Though focused on different issues, the aim of each seminar is to encourage hearts, recalibrate minds, and strengthen hands to accomplish God’s work. 

church meld 

The multi-site movement, normally associated with larger churches, also creates an option for small and mid-sized churches. Where two (or more) sister churches are located in relative proximity, people and resources can be combined to create one stronger church in several locations. For a plateaued or declining church open to essential change, transition to a church of two sites can be a path to revitalization. For a stronger church willing to sacrifice, nurture relationships, and practice sensitivity, a multi-site meld can expand ministry. On Saturday, November 16, in the Lancaster (Pa.) area (venue TBD), the Center for Anabaptist Studies of Evangelical Seminary and Barnabas Initiatives are planning a one-day seminar for churches exploring a church meld strategy for optimum health, growth, and mission. For more information, contact us.

the art of neighboring

The seminar, “The Art of Neighboring: Connecting with our Local Communities,” focuses on building missional “bridges” between church and community. Presenter Les Cool leads this seminar/workshop as a day for ministry peers to identify points of intersection between the DNA of their church and that of the surrounding community. The aim of the interactive sessions is for each church represented to generate action steps to build relationships with their neighbors. 

 

Originally offered on on Saturday, March 16, 2019, the seminar is available in customized versions to fit the needs of your group. Contact Barnabas Initiatives to schedule a seminar for your church or constituents.

 

authentic decision-making

Too often, team (or church) dysfunction can be traced back to an unhealthy decision-making process. Led by presenter Merv Charles, this seminar offers a straightforward framework for leaders to develop skills to create an environment that gives everyone a clear understanding of the core issues, a common language for discussion, and an authentic invitation to engage in productive decision-making. 

 

This seminar can be repeated for your church network or adjudicatory region. Contact Barnabas Initiatives to schedule the seminar for your church or constituents.

rooting for the underdog

"Rooting for the Underdog" is a day of storytelling, teaching, and encouragement, initially offered at Real Life Church of God on November 10, 2017 and at New Life Community Church in Carlisle (Pa.) on March 17, 2018.

 

This one-day event focuses on churches striving against the odds. Even in a beleaguered, under-resourced, underdog church, God is more than able to change people, create opportunities, and make the unthinkable possible. 

 

This seminar can be repeated for your church network or adjudicatory region. Contact Barnabas Initiatives to schedule a seminar for your church or constituents. A Vimeo of the first Underdog seminar with downloadable resource tools is available online. 

multiethnic church

Barnabas Initiatives in collaboration with the Center for Lifelong Learning held a one-day seminar, Multiethnic Church, at Elizabethtown (Pa.) BIC on November 7, 2016. The aim was to encourage and assist multiethnic households and churches. A secondary aim was to foster networking among multiethnic initiatives.

 

This seminar can be repeated for your church or adjudicatory region. Contact Barnabas Initiatives to schedule a seminar for your church or constituents.

 

A Vimeo of the seminar with downloadable resource tools is available online. Both video and resource materials are available for personal use without charge or for use with a group on a donation basis.

shalom in conflict

Everyone gets tangled in conflict, at times in the church. Barnabas Initiatives with The Center for Lifelong Learning of Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown (Pa.) co-sponsored a one-day seminar, Shalom in Conflict, in Lancaster (Pa.) on October 29, 2015.

The purpose was to offer keys to finding a healthy, Godly path through conflict for yourself, your leaders, and the church or ministry.

This seminar can be repeated for your church or adjudicatory region. Contact Barnabas Initiatives to schedule a seminar for your church or constituents.

Barnabas Initiatives is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donors are invited to contribute. Client churches are asked to reimburse expenses, but are not assessed a fee for service. Instead, as they are able, churches are asked to consider a per diem or customized contribution. 

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