Building on the success of our first Nuts & Bolts workshop last year, we’re again offering our Nuts & Bolts workshops this winter.
Based on the feedback we got from the first workshop, we’re making a number of small (but important) changes. First and foremost, we’re expanding the focus from just the management of churches to managing ministries of all forms—including those in churches, but also including parachurch and community ministries.
We’re also going to add a bit more emphasis on budgets, and trim back the focus on press releases and other traditional-media communication.
The core goal remains the same—to provide the members of your leadership team with the basic, practical management skills they need to do their jobs, enabling them to better serve God and meet the needs of His people.
Comments from Previous Participants
|“I enjoyed participating in the Nuts & Bolts leadership workshop. The content was well developed and presented in a way to provide practical solutions to the group. It was an added bonus to connect with other ministry leaders in the city and to be encouraged by how God is at work in many unique ways in our city. I recommend participating in this opportunity as a way to increase your leadership skills and to learn of resources to improve the ministry that you are connected with.”|
|Ken “Chopper” Wilson
Lead Associate & Director of World Mission
Grant Memorial Baptist Church
|“A great combination of expert input and peer interaction to address real organizational issues.”|
MacGregor Evangelical Mennonite Church
|“The material presented was very practical and of immediate usefulness. The interaction with others in similar ministries and churches was stimulating as we discussed the application and implication of what was presented. I commend you for putting it together and recommend it to others.”|
La Salle Community Fellowship
|“I was really grateful for the Nuts and Bolts workshop. It gave me input, direction, and conversation with others about the life of the church. I have found that I have used the learnings in different ways than I expected.”|
|Mary Anne Isaak
River East Mennonite Brethren Church
|“These sessions provided ample theological reflection, new insights, and effective strategies for the practical tasks of pastoral ministry. I especially appreciated Bob’s low-key guidance, the opportunities for fresh perspectives from the varied course members, and the constant invitation into wiser and more faithful ministry practises. If you provide leadership in a Christian ministry, dig in and get equipped.”|
Charleswood Community Church
|“I was encouraged to take this training by a younger man who works within our ministry. I was at first disinterested, but then as I investigated the content and purpose, I knew I had to be involved. I was then quickly drawn into each training session and was on a learning curve that I enjoyed. I learned how the training, course readings, and preparations for class were useful for my own accountability. This made me eager to further present valuable lessons to our ministry leadership team. As a result of Nuts and Bolts, we have enhanced our understanding of team leadership. This course has helped me renew my leadership skills.”|
Living Bible Explorers
- 6 sessions
- every other Thursday morning
- Jan 30 – Apr 10, 2014
- 8:30 – 11:30 am
- held at the Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church, 500 Lagimodière Blvd, Winnipeg
- $300 plus GST per participant—$315 total. Bursaries are available if needed.
- To provide practical tools and skills for increasing the effective operation of a ministry organization leading to a greater impact on the Kingdom for the Glory of God.
You may have some of the books on this list in your library already. If you don’t, they are available for purchase online through the Providence bookstore and can be delivered to you at the workshop sessions.
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- Good to Great and the Social Sectors – Jim Collins
- Experiencing LeaderShift – Don Cousins
- A Guide To Governing Charities – Ted Hull
- Courageous Leadership – Bill Hybels
- Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge – James Kouzes & Barry Posner (eds)
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
|Session 1||Introduction & Overview||Jan 30|
|Session 2||Planning||Feb 13|
|Session 3||Human Resources Administration||Feb 27|
|Session 4||Organizing & Leading||Mar 13|
|Session 5||Good Board Practices||Mar 27|
|Session 6||Staying on Track & Wrap-Up||Apr 10|
Each session will include:
- A short overview of the area of focus.
- A discussion of how the relevant management skills and tools can best be adapted to ministry settings.
- A case-based application to actual ministry situations.
This workshop series is led by Bob Fast. Bob began his career with BMO Bank of Montreal in 1980. He was their Area Manager for Personal Banking for 10 years, and was recently appointed to the position of Commercial Account Advisor.
Bob has been involved in leadership at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church for more than 20 years, most recently as their board chair. He is currently Moderator of the General Council (the board of directors) for the North American Baptist Conference. Bob received his MBA from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in 2009.