Lay Leadership Workshops & Fairfield West Association Annual Meeting
When
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 11:55 AM

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Where
Fairfield West Association
35 Lenox Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854

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Phone
203-858-0230

Email
fairfieldwestassoc@gmail.com

Contact
Bill Peltz

 
LAY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS
Saturday, May 4
 
We can't wait to greet you at the Fairfield West Association Annual Meeting and Lay Leadership Workshops!
  • Become a more effective church leader.
  • Break the wall of local church isolation.
  • Take great ideas back to your church.
  • Share the great things you do with other churches.
The Fairfield West Association helps its member churches by helping lay leaders.  It offers workshops in which we can learn from experts and, in the spirit of interdependence, share with each other.  
  • Discover resources that will help you and your church - attendees will be given access to a library that contains over 100 publications.
  • Learn what the Association and your Conference can do for you.
These workshops will immediately follow a brief Annual Meeting of the Association.

Lay leaders, clergy, and anyone who is interested are invited to sign up for a morning of exciting workshops. 
  • You do not have to serve on a specific board or committee to attend.  We embrace those who are curious, who want to grow, and who want to help their church.
  • Bring a friend.  Sharing magnifies the benefits.
  • Recommend these workshops to friends in your church.  Share this newsletter.  
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Date:          Saturday, May 4, 2019
Location:   Wilton Congregational Church
                   70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Schedule:  8:30 AM - Doors open for check-in and light refreshments
                   9:00 - FWA Annual Meeting
                   The meeting is followed by 1 1/2 hour workshops and will end with a
                   brief closing plenary session.
Cost:          $10 (to cover program costs).  $15 for walk-ins, if space in the
                   workshops permits.
 
 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  APRIL 28, 2019
     
WORKSHOPS:

DEACONS: WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH 
This interactive session will provide the opportunity for Deacons (who may be Chairs or future Chairs in their Church) to discuss the opportunities to provide leadership to their Church and Community.  Discussion with Deacon Leaders from other churches in the Association provides opportunities to share success stories and challenges.  Subjects to be included are:
  • Looking at the role of the Deacon from a Biblical perspective
  • Finding people to serve in the role of Deacon
  • Being a spiritual lay leader in the Church
  • Learning how Boards of Deacons carry out their mission in other Churches
  • Determining how to share the lay leadership responsibility with others in the Church
  • How to welcome people to the Church in the 21st Century
  • Our role to engage those on the Deacon Board and those in the pews
Presenter: Bob Willett is Past Senior Deacon at the Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, and currently serves as Past Moderator of the Fairfield West Association.
 
 
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION LEADERSHIP
An interactive session that explores leading today’s church in the realm of finances and best practices for budgeting, investing, and more.  Come with questions, areas of concern, and things to share.
 
Presenter: Clem Lepoutre has served on budget and investment committees at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich.
 
 
PARTNERS FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENTS 
As our culture and cultural expectations change, the church is called to lead. Church safety policies are no exception.  The young people and vulnerable adults in our midst and in our communities deserve nurture and care founded in best practices that reflect our core values.
 
This workshop will train leaders in practices designed to maintain safe spaces in all aspects of congregational life.  Content will include:
  • Healthy relationships in Ministry with Youth and Elders
  • Strategies for Safer Communications 
  • Making Safe Practices Accommodations
  • Resources
Presenter: Karen Ziel is the Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership for the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ.  With more than 25 years of experience in the formational ministries of the church, Karen has worked with children, youth and adults in rural and urban settings in small and in program-sized congregations. 
 
 
MODERATING A UCC CHURCH 
In this workshop we will discuss:
  • What is the role of a Moderator in a UCC church?
  • How to be an effective Moderator?
  • The Dos and Don’ts of a Moderator
  • UCC Resources for Moderators
  • Q&A and information sharing sessions for current and future Moderators
Presenter: Erika Foster is an active UCC member. She is the Past Moderator at the First Congregational Church in Norwalk, Moderator on the Executive Committee of the Fairfield West Association, and is very involved in the life of the First Congregational Church in Norwalk.  She is also a Personal Life Coach with a passion for social justice.  
 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA ON A SHOESTRING: ESTABLISHING YOUR CHURCH’S DIGITAL PRESENCE
Everything needed to create a vibrant social media program for your church that targets your congregation and the greater community, including Millennials and Gen Zs.  A complete, start-from-scratch how-to, including platform review and ideas for effective posts, branding and logos, free and inexpensive resources, copyright law and privacy issues, Search Engine Optimization, and more.  Participants should be reasonably computer literate but are not expected to be “techies.”  Includes a 70+ page complimentary handout.
** Maximum number of participants: 25
 
Presenter: Bill Peltz is the Communications Manager for The United Church of Rowayton and Treasurer of the Fairfield West Association. 
 
 
THE CLERGY - OUR ROLE TO SUPPORT AND GUIDE OUR CHURCH LAY LEADERSHIP 
This session is designed to have the Clergy from our Association Churches discuss the role we play in the development, recruitment, and support of the Lay leadership in our Church. Specific discussions include:
  • The need for energetic leaders
  • How to feed their spiritual needs as leaders for others
  • The opportunities for Pastoral Guidance
  • How to get leaders of the various committees to work towards the Church’s mission.
  • The Challenges of leading the Lay leadership in today’s world.
Presenter: TBD
 
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