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 need with two seminars, an early Spring Seminar aimed at helping congregations make significant decisions with less conflict, more certainty, and a sense of God’s presence in their midst and a Fall seminar focusing on leadership skills that equip and empower congregants for life and ministry. Details on the Fall Seminar will appear on this page in the next few weeks.

NOTE: Congregations are encouraged to send both clergy and lay leaders to the Spring seminar which will be offered both morning and evening.

Spring Seminar –“Leading God-Centered Decision-Making”

Particularly when a congregation is facing difficult decisions with potential for a significant impact, consider the following questions.

  • How does your congregation make decisions?
  • How do you help a group stay focused on discerning the voice of the Holy Spirit?
  • How do you keep things moving in a positive direction?
  • How does your congregation notice, discern, and respond to God’s presence among you and in the world around you?

In this very practical two part seminar, participants will actively engage in a decision-making framework that integrates:

  • The spiritual discipline of listening
  • A structured effective process that prevents conflict
  • Facilitation tools to enhance listening.

Leaders and congregations are strongly encouraged to bring a team/group of persons to this seminar.

CEU Credit Available

Thanks to an arrangement with Eastern Mennonite University, CEU credits are available for this workshop. Attendance at both sessions (16th and 30th) will earn .5 CEUs. Fee is $10. Be sure to check the appropriate boxes when registering.

Team/Group Discount

Register five or more from one congregation and receive a per person discount. (We strongly encourage bringing a team/group if possible). Follow the instructions on the registration page.


Thanks to the generosity of the DeBord/Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, the investment to attend both sessions of this workshop is $25 for Partner Church attendees and $35 for others. A light breakfast/dinner is included in the registration.

Seminar Details
Part 1:  March 16, 2017
Part 2:  March 30, 2017
Location: The Spiritual Center at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster
8:30 –11:00 AM Light Breakfast and Seminar
5:30 – 8:00 PM Light Supper and Seminar


Online registration is available by clicking here. For questions, registration issues, or to register by phone contact David Miron at dmiron@scclanc.org or 717-560-1949, extension 108.

Seminar Facilitator
Sherill Hostetter, Director of Clergy and Congregation Care, has an extensive background in assisting individuals, leaders and congregations. Her style is both pastoral and participatory, asking probing questions, engaging participants and attending to what she hears. She has helped congregations with conflict resolution, managing change, re-envisioning mission, understanding and embracing diversity, and spiritual discernment processes.

She has also co-pastored, helped lead strategic planning and conduct systems reviews, and change management. Sherill is an accredited Spiritual Director, a certified leadership coach (from Coach Approach Ministries) and a trained interpreter of Holy Cow!’s organizational intelligence tools.

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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