2017 Leadership Series

Practical Tools for Everyday Ministry

We hear it often, “I need some practical ideas or tools; something I can do tomorrow.” The 2017 Leadership series responds directly to that with its second seminar of the year. The Fall seminar focuses on leadership skills that build a sense of ownership and equip and empower congregants for life and ministry.

Fall Seminar –“Leading Through Questions—Empowerment in Ministry”

Leading through questions is an approach to leadership and congregational life that builds a sense of ownership, equips and empowers and results in an upsurge in energy and activity. This approach, sometimes called a “coaching approach”, enables people to be more self-aware, more self-generating and to grow in leadership skills. A “coaching approach” in working through difficulties helps prevent conflict by bringing to the surface issues that often underlay the presenting issue.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will. . .
• Have experience with practical skills to equip and empower others
• Know how to frame good questions in sensitive situations to ensure that persons take responsibility for their own actions and consequences
• Understand how to offer expertise without “Being the expert”
• Be able to apply learned skills in many aspects of their role as leaders – leading a change process, giving a sermon, mentoring, supervising, dealing with divisive issues, and performance issues

Application of the skills from this seminar can transform your ministry and the ministry of your congregation.

Leading Through Questions will be highly interactive, including two on-the-spot coaching demonstrations, question and answer time, and a free copy of the book, Ministry 3.0-How Today’s Church Leaders are Using Coaching to Transform Ministry.

Seminar Details

Dates: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30-11:00 a.m. (8:00 light breakfast)


Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:00-8:30 (5:30 light dinner)


Location: The Spiritual Center at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster

Facilitator:  Seminar facilitator, Jen Williams, is an experienced pastor and coach. She received her coaching training through Coaching4Clergy and is working toward her certification as a Professional Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation.

Jen has developed and used a Leading Through Questions approach in her pastoral ministry, finding that it is applicable to all areas of ministry. Jen notes about herself: “I could never be confused for Pollyanna; I know there are dark places in the world because I have been there. I also know that God is real because He pulled me out of that darkness and gave me a whole new world and attitude. This knowledge and perspective spurs me on each day to try and follow Jesus more and more. I do believe God can transform our world and I attempt each day to do my part and work in God’s Kingdom.”

Jen currently is serving as executive pastor of CrossPoint Church, a United Methodist Community. She also is the author of one of the chapters in Ministry 3.0. Jen graduated from Duke Divinity School and has a background in social justice and a degree in political science from Temple University in Philadelphia.

For seminar details and to register, please click here.


CCC Testimonials and Key Initiatives

"I was so impressed (once again) with your insightfulness, your clarity, and your ability to communicate it all to us in a way that lit a fire under us all without singeing me (as pastor) or the congregation (Council). I am very hopeful about this as a springboard to the work we need and hope to do in the coming months.” - Senior Pastor

“I cannot say enough good things about the CAT and its meaningful impact on the life of our congregation. The insights gleaned from this tool--and from the Samaritan Counseling Center consultants --have helped our congregants see themselves and their potential with new eyes.” - UCC Pastor

“We utilized the CAT during our current pastoral transition period. The Samaritan Counseling Center consultants guided us through the CAT results giving us a deeper understanding of who we are as a congregation and how we can increase energy and satisfaction. Now we are in great position to search and call our next Pastor.” - Lay Leader

"Every time leaders in our congregation attempted to develop a Strategic Plan or engage in a discernment process we discovered "some people" were saying one thing while we knew at least a few other people had different opinions. The CAT provided us with better data. The results helped us more fully grasp both our blessings as well as our specific challenges." - Lutheran Pastor


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