Leading Faithful Innovation: Rediscovering Hope and Energy in Ministry

(Re)Discover how God is moving and leading in this time of chaos—and find joy and hope by cultivating discipleship at the grassroots.

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Find Energy in the Face of Burnout

When we talk to pastors about what they’re experiencing in the face of pandemic burnout, political polarization, and dramatic cultural changes, they tell us they’re exhausted, stressed, criticized from all sides, struggling with frayed relationships with and among congregants, and unable to meet all the expectations heaped upon them.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some pastors have learned to be hopeful for the future despite all these challenges…excited about post-Covid realities that might be opportunities in disguise…and energized about the possibility of leading forward in new, life-giving ways that deepen discipleship and faith.

Learn how they’ve rediscovered hope and energy in their ministries.

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In this 60-minute workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Why these times are so uniquely challenging for Christian leaders (no, it’s not just the pandemic…and no, it’s not your fault).
  • How to get past all the surface issues that are only symptoms of the real problems facing the church—and how to begin to do the core work that will actually address them.
  • How to embrace a different set of expectations for your pastoral work—and get the congregation onboard, too.
  • Spiritual leadership strategies that will empower your people to engage their faith more deeply than ever before.
  • Practices to help you and your congregation discern God’s direction about how to move your congregation forward.
  • … and so much more!
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“The challenges facing the church are big and nebulous and it’s really easy to feel overwhelmed or cynical or just maybe I should give up, but this process has given a basis for hope, even if we don’t know all the answers.”

Pastor Brandy, Faithful Innovation Participant

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If you’re feeling directionless, overwhelmed, overburdened, exhausted, and lonely in your ministry, there is hope.

In this workshop, you’ll learn to identify the core challenge at the root of all the stress, as well as a simple process and set of spiritual practices to help you and your congregation rediscover the joy and energy of God’s leading—and connect your ministry to the real needs of your community.

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About the Presenters

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Dwight Zscheile, Vice president of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership

Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. An Episcopal priest, he is author of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the U.S. (with Craig Van Gelder, Eerdmans 2018), The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

Alicia Granholm, Director of Communities and Consulting

For two decades, Alicia Granholm has trained and equipped over one thousand leaders to engage their local communities by contextualizing the Gospel and its application. She is the director of communities and consulting for Luther Seminary’s Faith+Lead where she teaches congregations and judicatories to engage practices of faithful innovation. She has served as a pastor in mainline and non-denominational churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Alicia has a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas.