ASCEND WORKSHOPS

Example Topics Include:

Character Development and Leadership - Ministry flows out of being. That means, the most effective ministry you’ll ever do flows out of who you are. God has been at work shaping your values, priorities, and skills through all your life experiences. In our training, you will “mine the gold” that God has deposited in you—often through setbacks and pain—to develop your character, as a disciple first, then as a minister. 

Spiritual Authority - Godly influence does not emerge from having a title, earning a degree, or attaining a position. True spiritual authority is anchored in a lifestyle of increased intimacy with Jesus. Pastors will explore the implications for a fruitful ministry based on who they are rather than what they know or do.

Spiritual Disciplines - The regular realignment of the leader’s life and the reaffirmation of the paramount priority of abiding in Christ. For most vocational ministers, the challenge is not agreement on the importance of the disciplines, but the commitment to embrace the rigor of their practice, with consistency. Participants will create a plan with accountability to improve or enlarge their capacity to walk closely God regardless of the challenges of ministry and at home.

Self-Leadership - The most important person for any leader to lead through change is the leader her or himself. Most leaders fall, not from a lack of skill, but due to blind spots that develop with inadequate self-leadership. We devote hours to helping you build your legacy while you learn and practice the habits of finishing well.

Personal Intercession - As a leader in the Church, your work is for more spiritual than strategic. That is to say, the forces that collude to keep your ministry from thriving are spiritual, not natural. Pastors must count on intercessors: Christian warriors who do their best work in determined prayer on your behalf. Any lasting work of God through humans must be bathed in prayer, invigorated by God’s own Spirit.

Strategic Living - Effective leaders devote 50% of their leadership energies to leading themselves. But, immersed in the pressure of unending ministry demands, few pastors find the bandwidth to devote to their own development. Here, you’ll learn how to say “no” without guilt, prioritize life commitments in order to finish well, and still keep your day job.

Mission in the power of God’s Spirit - As God moves your church into mission in your local city, powerful, redemptive, community transformation is possible. Not only does God’s Spirit activate your people for mission that same Spirit brings Kingdom resources to the lives of those you touch. Learn how to hear God’s voice, share insights, and minister healing to the sick, freedom to the oppressed, and love and hope for all, empowered by the Holy Spirit. This training will help you to say and do what Jesus would, and to equip others do the same.

Making disciples while on mission - Jesus told us that if we would make disciples, He would build the church. But, most ministers spend all their time “building the church” while failing to make maturing disciples of Jesus. We’ll train you in disciple-making methodologies that are being used all over the world to introduce people to the Savior, and to strengthen them as ever-maturing followers of Jesus.

Coach Training - More that a skill, leadership coaching is a strategic priority in growing organizations. Coaching empowers the client to discover solutions halting the merry-go-round of congregational dependence on the pastoral staff to solve members’ problems. As a result, people grow. Their confidence in God grows, as does their competence in seeking God for themselves and others. We provide day-long modules for introductory and advanced Leadership Coaching skills training and practice. You’ll be introduced to the C.O.A.C.H. model (developed by Creative Results Management, Inc.). You will practice the skills of active listening and asking powerful questions that lead to decisive action. In the advanced class, you’ll study the role of resistance in keeping people stuck, work with the dynamic relationship between actions, emotions, and beliefs, and uncover how people run “cons” to get what they think they want, while undermining their relationships and effectiveness all along the way. We’ll practice coaching in all these areas.