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Event Registration

For Leaders of Medium & Large Congregations

Event Registration

For Leaders of Small and Multipoint Congregations

Registration deadline: June 1, 2017

This is a time for brave leadership. Some say that we need to be adaptive leaders. Others say we need to be entrepreneurial. Our greatest strength comes from being grounded in the reality of a God who is present to us through the living, breathing, resurrected Jesus. Almost none of us learned how to be spiritual leaders in seminary. We have much to unlearn. And we have much life (full, electric, life that really is life) to grab onto.

In the day-to-day commitments and endless to do lists, we can easily forget that not only are we leading a congregation through means of ministry and administration, but we are also, and primarily, spiritual leaders. What is spiritual leadership?

  • Rev. Deb Stehlin, DEM in the Minneapolis Area Synod, will provide an inspiring and thought provoking keynote address on what it means to be spiritual leaders. We’ll follow up with conversation and group work around the same question.
  • Dan Wolpert, Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (MICAH), and author of 2 books on spiritual practice, will join us in talking about spiritual leadership in the 21st century.

Sabbath and spiritual practice are important part of a spiritual leader’s ministry. This retreat not only provides Sabbath and spiritual practice, but also helps you delve into your own experience with these means of resilience and self-care. Grouped with pastors of similar-sized contexts, you’ll also have time to share with and learn from each other.

In addition to engaging talks and group sessions, you’ll have plenty of time to participate in spiritual practice, and just plain free time too, to connect or rest. We will have spiritual directors present for those who want to engage in a spiritual direction session while on retreat.

More Specifics:

  • Cost: $225 per person (please inquire if a partial scholarship is needed)
    • This includes 6 meals, two overnights, and all retreat materials
  • Registration limited to 24 individuals at each retreat
  • You get to decide which retreat you want to attend. There is no official small vs. medium vs. large congregation size. Select the retreat that feels like the best fit for your context.
  • Rostered leaders serving small and multi-point congregations are invited to join us Sunday June 11 beginning at 4:00 PM, and ending Tuesday June 13th at 1:30.
  • Rostered Leaders serving medium and large congregations will meet from 4:00 on Tuesday June 13 to 1:30 on Thursday June 15.
  • June 11-13: Leaders of small & multipoint congregations
  • June 13-15: Leaders of medium & large congregations
  • The retreat will be held at Mount Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington, MN.

Speaker Information:

Speaker HeadshotDaniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, has taught and led retreats in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation in numerous settings over the past 30 years. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (www.micahprays.org), Spiritual Director at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, and Presbyterian pastor, he is also the author of “Leading a Life with God, the practice of spiritual leadership, “Creating a Life with God: the call of ancient prayer practices,” co-author of “Meeting God in Virtual Reality,” and most recently “The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in an Age of Science” (MICAH 2013).

Deb StehlinThe Rev. Deb Stehlin began her career in corporate public relations, and was Director of Communications for International Dairy Queen. She discovered grace when a friend invited her to Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Richfield, where she eventually served as Christian education director. That led her to Luther Seminary, where she received her M. Div. degree in 2003. Her first call was to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, where she concentrated her efforts on social justice and confirmation ministry. In 2007, Shepherd of the Valley sent her out to start a new mission church, Light of the World Lutheran Church, in Farmington. As Director of Evangelical Mission, Deb works with new and renewing congregations and is a resource to all congregations who seek to learn new ways of being in mission.

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