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Spirituality and Prayer
Sierra Leone Survey
The Power of the Story
In this this practical workshop, you will focus on applying critical
communication skills to evangelism and assimilation. You will:
With these Narrative Witnessing skills, you will become a more effective witness
See the importance of using Narrative
Witnessing for building relationships
Develop story-listening skills that can help help you understand the
real issues individuals are facing
Discover unintended messages
that your body language is sending
Practice several significant rapport building
Hear how adults in the USA learn best through stories and how to
share the stories through their preferred learning style
Learn techniques to enhance the
way you witness and increase the receptivity of the prospect
Discover how to match Biblical stories with a
person's life story
Learn how to anchor a person's decision and
transition them into the church
courses will not only help the individual manage and resolve
conflict within thier own organization but also to help other
organizations do the same. Support material is available to
work with groups within an organization to help identify, manage,
and resolve conflict.
Introduction to Conflict
course, participants will examine emotional triggers and relational
habits that perpetuate and deepen conflict, develop the basic
processes and practical skills to manage and resolve conflict, and
identify and use personal conflict management styles.
will study a variety of conflict settings within the life of an
organization. First Party Conflict, Second Party Conflict,
Third Party Conflict, One-to- Group Conflict, and the Resolution of
Corporate Pain process will be covered. Skill building
exercise will teach participants how to access conflict and
determine "outcome" strategies for handling it. They learn how
to identify and manage their own conflict management style.
Gladwll, in his recent book Blink, highlights the critical
importance of listening as a skill. In chapter one ("The
Theory of Thin Slices") Gladwell discusses how marriage therapists
with listening skills can tell after listening to a couple talk for
about fifteen minutes whether or not that couple will remain married
or divorced in the next few years with better than 90% accuracy.
The author reports that doctors
how to listen to their patients are less likely to be sued even
when they make a medical mistake. The January, 2005 issue
of Fortune Magazine reported that businesses are beginning to
use trained listeners to reduce absenteeism and worker
turnover, a problem which costs companies over 300 billion dollars
each year in the U.S. How much more important are listening
skills when dealing
volunteer organization such as the church. Research by
Dr John Savage has shown that drop out can be greatly reduced and
reclaiming of inactive members can be increased by training staff
and others in listening skills.
Lab I: Listening & Caring Skills
In this 40
hour workshop participants will learn & develop 11 listening skills
including behavior description, direct expression of feelings,
paraphrase, perception check, productive questions, and life
commandments. Participants will learn interviewing techniques
which will help them get to the real issues as they become astute,
sensitive, and caring listeners and observers. How to deal
with criticism and turn negativity into useful feedback will
also be taught. A very useful tool will be taught which will
aid in identifying who is dropping out of your organization/church
and at what stage they are so that action can be taken to reverse
this. Information on developing and administrating a listening
and caring program in the local church will also be covered.
For more of what this course covers see the description of
Strategic Communication Skills below. Fulfills the
prerequisite for Lab II Workshop.
Strategic Communication Skills
This 3 day format will
cover much of the same material as the Lab I with the exception of
setting up a listening and caring ministry within the church.
As with the Lab I, there will be a focus on applying critical
communication skills to particular setting. The participant
will be taught
See the importance of
closing the "relationship gap"
Learn how to listen for
and identify the early warning drop-out signs of your members,
volunteers, and employees
reflective listening skills
See how story listening
skills help you better understand the real issues of your members,
prospects, volunteers, and employees are struggling with
messages you may be sending
significant rapport building techniques.
prerequisite for Lab II Workshop.
is the study how people think - how they perceive reality and how they
develop mental models.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) seeks to identify and use
these discernible patterns in people's thought processes and
communication styles, and help them to challenge and change their mental
models so they can improve their decision-making skills.
Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
In this introduction to NLP, you will
Identify and change mental models that sabotage
Empower others to overcome bad habits
Aid others to develop belief systems that all things are possible
Help others to overcome phobias
Discover how to coach others to achieve maximum performance
Identify powerful processes for personal change
Identify how people filter communications
Refine your ability to read the subtleties of body language and voice
skills, extraordinary changes can occur by using simple strategic
exercises and remarkable results can be seen quickly.
overlooking some money for your organization? You very well
might be for literally millions of dollars in grants go unclaimed
each year. Churches, volunteer organizations and various
ministries have literally received millions of dollars using the
methods taught in this course.
Writing a Successful Grant
two day workshop ministry leaders will be introduced to tools that
will help them lead churches, ministry organizations, and other
volunteer groups to organize, plan, create, implement, and evaluate
the ministries through which god desires to transform the lives of
the people around them and the community in which they minister.
By the end of the two day workshop participants will have begun
writing a clear, compelling, and concise proposal to seek out the
resources they need to carry on the ministry God has given them.
Also participants will gain important insights into the minds of
funders, tips for strengthening the appeal of their ministry has for
potential funders, and clues to shortening the search for
potential funding sources. This workshop is practical,
Christ-centered, and sure to strengthen the work of ministry leaders
and the ministries they lead.
Every church at sometime in
their life will face issues which if not solved may cause lose of
members or even a split in the church.
Basic Problem Solving
In this 3-day
workshop participants will study models of how to deal with a
variety of situations faced in ministry. The workshop will
include models for dealing or working with the difficult church
member, the split church, the loss of congregational dream, the
stuck or plateaued congregation, change or transition in a church
that is resistant to it, the congregational saboteur, and conflicted
groups in the church. Conferees will develop skills for solving
organizational Problems and how to develop an action model for
advance problem solving
TEAM is a growing popular
concept. Many organizations such as churches and many
businesses have shifted their structure and organization charts to
reflect the team philosophy. Often, though, the newly formed teams
are nothing more than committees renamed as teams. Replacing the
word team for committee will not make it a team nor does the wearing
of the same colored jersey or shirt with a logo on it transform a
group into a functioning team. Teams are more than a shared
set of objectives, office spaces, dress codes, or even a special
. During this comprehensive
workshop you will:
Discover how to transition your organization from
committee driven to a team led structure.
Be able to identify the stages of health of teams.
Develop skills on how to lead a team meeting.
Find team building techniques.
Develop creative team thinking skills.
Learn tips to provide motivation and feedback to the
Discover ways to handle conflict.
Improve your understanding of group dynamics.
Poor communication among team
members is one of the main reasons that teams have conflict.
This workshop is designed to help teams develop several negotiation
and team communication skills that will provide you with better
working and personal relationships.
This conference will help you
and your team members to:
Discern the four preferential communication styles of
Discover how to adapt your speech patterns to increase
your ability to communicate.
Refine their interpersonal communication skills.
Discern how to give good feedback.
Improve your listening skills.
The need for Strategic Planning can
be illustrated in the exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in
“Alice in Wonderland.”
Alice asked the Cheshire cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way
I ought to go from here?” To which the cat responds “That
depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don't much
care where—“ said Alice. “Then it doesn't matter which way you
go,” said the Cat. “--so long as I get somewhere” Alice
added. “Oh, you're sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you
only walk long enough.” Many organizations are like Alice,
they want to know how to get there, the problem is that they don't
know where "there" is. This is first goal of Strategic
Planning, that is to find out what your organizations "there" is.
Knowing this, the next step is to find out how to get there.
This conference is designed to
help participants walk through a step by step process for strategic
planning. Participants will also discover how to lead their
organization through an expedient process of planning.
Conferees will learn how to gather important data, develop a purpose
and vision statement, determine their values, determine priorities,
write goals, and state their action plans.
Implementation of the Strategy
Often people complain that long-range and/or strategic planning is
squandering time. When asked why planning is wasteful, the
resounding response is that nothing is ever done with the plans. Why
do we spend so much time in planning only to watch the strategies
get shelved using the notebooks of our plans for bookends? It
is because we do not know how to implement a strategy plan. In
2000 alone, forty CEO’s of the top two hundred companies on
Fortune’s 500 lists were removed – not retired, but fired or
made to resign. Most of the dismissals were attributed to the
inability to execute a strategy. According to Pierre Mourier
and Martin Smith in their book Conquering Organizational Change,
roughly 90 % of reengineering initiatives fail to produce
In this workshop you will:
Discover how to
design a presentation of the strategy
skills on how to frame the vision for the greatest impact
methods for casting the vision
implementation and promotional plan of the strategy
Identify ways to
identify systemic changes that will help guarantee the realization
of the plan.
Dealing with Transitions
Participants will receive
discover how to lead their organization through change.
Conferees will discern the factors that create resistance to change
and how to help people through the transition - to adjust and accept
the changes emotionally... They will increase their skills in
goal setting, role renegotiation, and strategies to strengthen group
dynamics. During this workshop, individuals will identify how
each personality type deals with change and ways to help each of
those types accept and embrace change.
The Implications Wheel® is a
strategic exploration and decision-enhancing group process that has
been developed by Joel Barker, a futurist. It is a process
that helps identify, explore, and evaluate the short and log-term
implications and the potential ripples of specific change. The
process is results-oriented, providing an enormous amount of
information in a short period of time that can greatly enhance your
For those organizations which would
like to have someone come in and lead them through Strategic
Planning, LEAD Plus has several qualified and experienced
consultants who can do that.
The church is becoming
increasingly subject to legal litigations from lawsuits to
compliance with government regulations.
Legal Issues in the Church
Learn how the church can
minimize its risk both as an organization and as individuals within
the church. Also find out how to respond to claims of injury
and liability. This Conference is
led by a Christian Lawyer.
The following topics will be
addressed during this conference:
The real world of litigation against churches
Update on trends in litigation against churches
Common lawsuits and compliance with government
regulation of churches
When Church/Association Officers, Employees and Key
Volunteers can be individually sued
How to minimize and transfer the risks.
How to respond to claims of injury and potential
Establishing a Risk Management Team at your church.
Critical protective changes to church governing
documents to protect the church and its staff, employees and key
Insuring the Church and Association
Foundations of Christian/Congregation Leadership Coaching
Coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and
organizations to develop more rapidly and produce more satisfying
results. Coaches work with clients in all areas including business,
career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of coaching,
clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions,
and more fully use their natural strengths.
Professional coaches are trained to listen and observe, to customize
their approach to the individual client's needs, and to elicit
solutions and strategies from the client. They believe that the
client is naturally creative and resourceful and that the coach's
job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and
creativity that the client already has. While the coach provides
feedback and an objective perspective, the client is responsible for
taking the steps to produce the results he or she desires. Coaching
does not focus directly on relieving psychological pain or treating
cognitive or emotional disorders.
During this two-day Foundations for Christian Coaching Course, you
Tenets of a coaching
How to write a
Ethics of coaching
Traits of a good
How to help others
develop strategies for maximum performance
This conference is one of the requirements for professional coaching
certification by the International Coach Federation.
Spirituality and Prayer
Successful spiritual leadership
relies as much on how leaders go about their responsibilities as
does on what those leaders are seeking to accomplish. This
seminar seeks to look at the process of Jesus' life and ministry as
well as the content. The entire seminar is based upon the
assumption that Jesus wants us to continue His work, but while we
may know what He wants us to do, we may not know how to do it.
Through the seminar, the participant will learn the patterns of
Jesus' ministry and the timeless principles on which those patterns
Journey to Spiritual Wholeness
Exploring Spiritual Desert Time
The Mind, Motivation, and Maximum Performance
A Conference on
Neuro-Sorts and Belief Systems
Are there times that you wish that
you could “light a fire” under some people to motivate them to
performing. During this conference, you will learn how people
are motivated, how they use information they learn, and how to
identify kinds of behavior you can expect as people learn and grow.
Many you of you have taken personality profiles, such as Myers
–Briggs or DISC. This seminar takes the personality concepts
to a new level by adding another two dozen categories. This seminar
is almost in a class by itself in terms of helping participants
understand themselves and how to reach peak performance in their own
lives as well.
Value Mapping for Powerful Living
Clare Graves Research
What would drive a person to be a
suicide bomber? But then what drives a person to give money to
the poor, go to war, or begin his own business. The answer in
every instance is in the values we hold. Values drive our
lives. Everyone operates off their personal set of values, but
do we really know how values work? Or do to work with a person
with their a person within their values’ framework?
This conference is
designed to help you become a better leader, counselor and manager
§ What motivates people to act the way they do
§ How people make important decisions
§ To make better decisions based on your values.
§ How values can operate by process as well as by content.
§ To develop a strategy for powerful living.
This seminar is a survey of the work and research of Dr. Clare Graves concerning how values tend to
cluster in a system rather than operate independently. This course covers the 8 levels of value structures.