LeaderLab

Leadership Training by Congregational Role

This is a growing library of training materials for various congregational volunteer roles including board members, committee chairs, treasurers, ministry team leaders, teachers, etc.

This page is a work in progress! We will be adding additional training materials as time and other resources allow!

Core Leadership Trainings

Every leader needs basic skills such as healthy communication, systems thinking, spiritual grounding and an understanding of the dynamics of conflict. Each of these trainings go deeper and deeper to help develop these skills.

Note: Each training has a $30 fee

Take the Core Leadership Trainings


Board Member Training

Use this 12-Part training to onboard new board members, to use as a monthly board in-service training, or for a quick reference during board meetings.

This training is free.

Take the Training for Board Members


Finance Committee Training

A library of resources and best practices for your congregation's finances.

This training is free.

Access the Training Resources in "Money Matters"


Lay Spiritual Care Training

This robust training has been created for non-ordained congregational leaders (usually lay leader and/or paid staff) who have been endorsed by other leaders in the congregation (the minister, or the board in lay-led congregations). It may also be used as a part of professional credentialing for non-ordained staff such as religious education or music professionals.

Note: This training has a $30 fee

Take the Training for Lay Pastoral Care Providers


Membership Committee Training

This training looks at membership as a spectrum: From fostering a culture of connection to belonging, then to integration and eventually leadership.

Facilitator: Lori Emison Clair

Note: This training has a $15 fee

Take the Path to Membership Training


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Stewardship / Fundraising Trainings

Several free trainings are available for your Stewardship Team:


Safe Congregation Team Training

Our congregations strive to be safe and welcoming places to all. It is impossible to make a congregation 100% safe; however, there are steps that you can take to make your congregation safer while still creating a supportive space for learning, growth, and challenge as well as actively working for the inclusion and safety of all people.

This training provides resources for religious educators, ministers and other congregational leaders to prevent and address violence, abuse, harassment, inappropriate behavior, and other threats to safety.

Note: This training has a $15 fee

Take the Safer Congregations Team Training


Discernment Circle Training

Many congregations are exploring Dynamic Governance (also known as Sociocracy) as an existing model that offers a way to be inclusive while still being effective. Many intentional communities and progressive organizations have adopted this as a governance model.

Instead of recommending that a congregation adopt Sociocracy as a top-down governance change, we are suggesting that congregations start by trying out discernment circle practices for complex decisions in their committees and teams.

This training (a work in progress!) is offered to congregational teams so that they can learn, practice and introduce circles to their congregations. The course is self-paced, with materials available on-demand. Practice sessions are offered by the facilitators.

Note: This training has a $30 fee

Take the Training to use Discernment Circles for Your Team or Committee


Volunteer Sustainability

Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining

Creating a zero recruitment culture requires a shift in priorities. Namely, volunteers must be valued over programs. Because good volunteers are not a renewable resource, it is imperative to celebrate and care for the ones who are already engaged. Retention should always take priority over recruitment. When the time is spent throughout the year on retaining volunteers, less time is needed for recruitment.

Note: This training has a $15 fee

Take the Training to Create a Culture of Volunteer Sustainability


Leadership Development Teams

Many congregations only think about developing new leaders around the time that the nominating committee is looking for potential board members. Instead, we recommend that congregations see leadership development as part of an arc of faith development that includes not just leadership skills, but also leadership sensibilities and faith development.

This training uses the 5 "I's" of Leadership Development: Identify, Invite, Inform, Involve, and Inquire.

This training is free.

Take the Training for Leadership Development Teams

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