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Story Evangelism

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Conferences Offered

To find out more about the various conferences offered, click on the area below.


     Conflict Management

     Communication Skills

     Grant Writing

     Legal Issues

     Neuro-Linguistic Programming

     Problem Solving

     Reaching People

     Spirituality and Prayer

     Strategic Planning

     Team Building

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Reaching People

The Power of the Story

In this this practical workshop, you will focus on applying critical communication skills to evangelism and assimilation.  You will:

  • See the importance of using Narrative Witnessing for building relationships

  • Develop story-listening skills that can help help you understand the real issues individuals are facing

  • Discover unintended messages that your body language is sending

  • Practice several significant rapport building techniques

  • Hear how adults in the USA learn best through stories and how to share the stories through their preferred learning style

  • Learn techniques to enhance the way you witness and increase the receptivity of the prospect

  • Discover how to match Biblical stories with a person's life story

  • Learn how to anchor a person's decision and transition them into the church

With these Narrative Witnessing skills, you will become a more effective witness for Christ.


Conflict Management

These courses will not only help the individual manage and resolve conflict within thier own organization but also to help other organizations do the same.  Support material is available to work with groups within an organization to help identify, manage, and resolve conflict.


Introduction to Conflict Management

In this course, participants will examine emotional triggers and relational habits that perpetuate and deepen conflict, develop the basic processes and practical skills to manage and resolve conflict, and identify and use personal conflict management styles.


Conflict Management

Participants will study a variety of conflict settings within the life of an organization.  First Party Conflict, Second Party Conflict, Third Party Conflict, One-to- Group Conflict, and the Resolution of Corporate Pain process will be covered.  Skill building exercise will teach participants how to access conflict and determine "outcome" strategies for handling it.  They learn how to identify and manage their own conflict management style.


Communication Skills

Malcom Gladwll, in his recent book Blink, highlights the critical importance of listening as a skill.  In chapter one ("The Theory of Thin Slices") Gladwell discusses how marriage therapists with listening skills can tell after listening to a couple talk for about fifteen minutes whether or not that couple will remain married or divorced in the next few years with better than 90% accuracy.  The author reports that doctors

who learn how to listen to their patients are less likely to be sued even when they make a medical mistake.  The January, 2005 issue of Fortune Magazine reported that businesses are beginning to use trained listeners to reduce absenteeism and worker turnover, a problem which costs companies over 300 billion dollars each year in the U.S.  How much more important are listening skills when dealing

with a volunteer organization such as the church.   Research by Dr John Savage has shown that drop out can be greatly reduced and reclaiming of inactive members can be increased by training staff and others in listening skills.


Lab I: Listening & Caring Skills

In this 40 hour workshop participants will learn & develop 11 listening skills including behavior description, direct expression of feelings, paraphrase, perception check, productive questions, and life commandments.  Participants will learn interviewing techniques which will help them get to the real issues as they become astute, sensitive, and caring listeners and observers.  How to deal with criticism and  turn negativity into useful feedback will also be taught.  A very useful tool will be taught which will aid in identifying who is dropping out of your organization/church and at what stage they are so that action can be taken to reverse this.  Information on developing and administrating a listening and caring program in the local church will also be covered.  For more of what this course covers see the description of Strategic Communication Skills below.  Fulfills the prerequisite for Lab II Workshop.


Strategic Communication Skills

This 3 day format will cover much of the same material as the Lab I with the exception of setting up a listening and caring ministry within the church.  As with the Lab I, there will be a focus on applying critical communication skills to particular setting.  The participant will be taught

  • See the importance of closing the "relationship gap"

  • Learn how to listen for and identify the early warning drop-out signs of your members, volunteers, and employees

  • Strengthen your reflective listening skills

  • See how story listening skills help you better understand the real issues of your members, prospects, volunteers, and  employees are struggling with

  • Discover unintended messages you may be sending

  • Practice several significant rapport building techniques.

Fulfills the prerequisite for Lab II Workshop.


Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-Linguistic is the study how people think - how they perceive reality and how they develop mental models.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) seeks to identify and use these discernible patterns in people's thought processes and communication styles, and help them to challenge and change their mental models so they can improve their decision-making skills. 

Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming

In this introduction to NLP, you will

  •  Identify and change mental models that sabotage others

  • Empower others to overcome bad habits

  • Aid others to develop belief systems that all things are possible

  • Help others to overcome phobias

  • Discover how to coach others to achieve maximum performance  

  • Identify powerful processes for personal change

  • Identify how people filter communications

  • Refine your ability to read the subtleties of body language and voice inflections

With these skills, extraordinary changes can occur by using simple strategic exercises and remarkable results can be seen quickly.

Grant Writing

Are you overlooking some money for your organization?  You very well might be for literally millions of dollars in grants go unclaimed each year.  Churches, volunteer organizations and various ministries have literally received millions of dollars using the methods taught in this course.


Writing a Successful Grant

During this two day workshop ministry leaders will be introduced to tools that will help them lead churches, ministry organizations, and other volunteer groups to organize, plan, create, implement, and evaluate the ministries through which god desires to transform the lives of the people around them and the community in which they minister.  By the end of the two day workshop participants will have begun writing a clear, compelling, and concise proposal to seek out the resources they need to carry on the ministry God has given them.  Also participants will gain important insights into the minds of funders, tips for strengthening the appeal of their ministry has for potential  funders, and clues to shortening the search for potential funding sources.  This workshop is practical, Christ-centered, and sure to strengthen the work of ministry leaders and the ministries they lead.




Problem Solving

Every church at sometime in their life will face issues which if not solved may cause lose of members or even a split in the church. 


Basic Problem Solving

In this 3-day workshop participants will study models of how to deal with a variety of situations faced in ministry.  The workshop will include models for dealing or working with the difficult church member, the split church, the loss of congregational dream, the stuck or plateaued congregation, change or transition in a church that is resistant to it, the congregational saboteur, and conflicted groups in the church.  Conferees will develop skills for solving organizational Problems and how to develop an action model for advance problem solving



Team Building

TEAM is a growing popular concept.  Many organizations such as churches and many businesses have shifted their structure and organization charts to reflect the team philosophy. Often, though, the newly formed teams are nothing more than committees renamed as teams. Replacing the word team for committee will not make it a team nor does the wearing of the same colored jersey or shirt with a logo on it transform a group into a functioning team.  Teams are more than a shared set of objectives, office spaces, dress codes, or even a special name


Team Building

. During this comprehensive workshop you will:

·        Discover how to transition your organization from committee driven to a team led structure.

·        Be able to identify the stages of health of teams.

·        Develop skills on how to lead a team meeting.

·        Find team building techniques. 

·        Develop creative team thinking skills.

·        Learn tips to provide motivation and feedback to the team.

·        Discover ways to handle conflict.

·        Improve your understanding of group dynamics. 


Team Communications

Poor communication among team members is one of the main reasons that teams have conflict.  This workshop is designed to help teams develop several negotiation and team communication skills that will provide you with better working and personal relationships.


This conference will help you and your team members to:

·        Discern the four preferential communication styles of people.

·        Discover how to adapt your speech patterns to increase your ability to communicate. 

·        Refine their interpersonal communication skills. 

·        Discern how to give good feedback.

·        Improve your listening skills.


Strategic Planning

The need for Strategic Planning can be illustrated in the exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland.”  Alice asked the Cheshire cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”  To which the cat responds “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”  “I don't much care where—“ said Alice.  “Then it doesn't matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “--so long as I get somewhere” Alice added.  “Oh, you're sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”  Many organizations are like Alice, they want to know how to get there, the problem is that they don't know where "there" is.  This is first goal of Strategic Planning, that is to find out what your organizations "there" is.  Knowing this, the next step is to find out how to get there.


Strategic Planning

This conference is designed to help participants walk through a step by step process for strategic planning.  Participants will also discover how to lead their organization through an expedient process of planning.  Conferees will learn how to gather important data, develop a purpose and vision statement, determine their values, determine priorities, write goals, and state their action plans. 


Implementation of the Strategy

Often people complain that long-range and/or strategic planning is squandering time.  When asked why planning is wasteful, the resounding response is that nothing is ever done with the plans. Why do we spend so much time in planning only to watch the strategies get shelved using the notebooks of our plans for bookends?  It is because we do not know how to implement a strategy plan.  In 2000 alone, forty CEO’s of the top two hundred companies on Fortune’s 500 lists were removed – not retired, but fired or made to resign.  Most of the dismissals were attributed to the inability to execute a strategy.  According to Pierre Mourier and Martin Smith in their book Conquering Organizational Change, roughly 90 % of reengineering initiatives fail to produce breakthrough results. 


In this workshop you will:

  • Discover how to design a presentation of the strategy

  • Improve your skills on how to frame the vision for the greatest impact

  • See different methods for casting the vision

  • Develop an implementation and promotional plan of the strategy

  • Identify ways to identify systemic changes that will help guarantee the realization of the plan.


Dealing with Transitions

Participants will receive discover how to lead their organization through change.  Conferees will discern the factors that create resistance to change and how to help people through the transition - to adjust and accept the changes emotionally...  They will increase their skills in goal setting, role renegotiation, and strategies to strengthen group dynamics.  During this workshop, individuals will identify how each personality type deals with change and ways to help each of those types accept and embrace change. 


Implications Thinking

The Implications Wheel® is a strategic exploration and decision-enhancing group process that has been developed by Joel Barker, a futurist.  It is a process that helps identify, explore, and evaluate the short and log-term implications and the potential ripples of specific change.  The process is results-oriented, providing an enormous amount of information in a short period of time that can greatly enhance your decision-making ability. 


For those organizations which would like to have someone come in and lead them through Strategic Planning, LEAD Plus has several qualified  and experienced consultants who can do that.



Legal Issues

The church is becoming increasingly subject to legal litigations from lawsuits to compliance with government regulations. 


Legal Issues in the Church

  Learn how the church can minimize its risk both as an organization and as individuals within the church.  Also find out how to respond to claims of injury and liability. This Conference is led by a Christian Lawyer. 

The following topics will be addressed during this conference:

·        The real world of litigation against churches

·        Update on trends in litigation against churches

·        Common lawsuits and compliance with government regulation of churches

·        When Church/Association Officers, Employees and Key Volunteers can be individually sued

·        How to minimize and transfer the risks.

·        How to respond to claims of injury and potential liability

·        Establishing a Risk Management Team at your church.

·        Critical protective changes to church governing documents to protect the church and its staff, employees and key volunteer   

·        Insuring the Church and Association




Foundations of Christian/Congregation Leadership Coaching

Coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and organizations to develop more rapidly and produce more satisfying results. Coaches work with clients in all areas including business, career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.


Professional coaches are trained to listen and observe, to customize their approach to the individual client's needs, and to elicit solutions and strategies from the client. They believe that the client is naturally creative and resourceful and that the coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. While the coach provides feedback and an objective perspective, the client is responsible for taking the steps to produce the results he or she desires. Coaching does not focus directly on relieving psychological pain or treating cognitive or emotional disorders.


During this two-day Foundations for Christian Coaching Course, you will discover:

§         Tenets of a coaching approach

§         Definition of coaching

§         How to write a contract

§         Ethics of coaching

§         Traits of a good coach

§         How to help others develop strategies for maximum performance


This conference is one of the requirements for professional coaching certification by the International Coach Federation.


Spirituality and Prayer


Spiritual Leadership

Successful spiritual leadership relies as much on how leaders go about their responsibilities as does on what those leaders are seeking to accomplish.  This seminar seeks to look at the process of Jesus' life and ministry as well as the content.  The entire seminar is based upon the assumption that Jesus wants us to continue His work, but while we may know what He wants us to do, we may not know how to do it.  Through the seminar, the participant will learn the patterns of Jesus' ministry and the timeless principles on which those patterns are based. 


Journey to Spiritual Wholeness


Exploring Spiritual Desert Time



The Mind, Motivation, and Maximum Performance

A Conference on Neuro-Sorts and Belief Systems

Are there times that you wish that you could “light a fire” under some people to motivate them to performing.  During this conference, you will learn how people are motivated, how they use information they learn, and how to identify kinds of behavior you can expect as people learn and grow.  Many you of you have taken personality profiles, such as Myers –Briggs or DISC.  This seminar takes the personality concepts to a new level by adding another two dozen categories. This seminar is almost in a class by itself in terms of helping participants understand themselves and how to reach peak performance in their own lives as well.    


Value Mapping for Powerful Living

Workshop on Clare Graves Research

What would drive a person to be a suicide bomber?  But then what drives a person to give money to the poor, go to war, or begin his own business.  The answer in every instance is in the values we hold.  Values drive our lives.  Everyone operates off their personal set of values, but do we really know how values work?  Or do to work with a person with their a person within their values’ framework?  This conference is designed to help you become a better leader, counselor and manager of people. 

You will learn:
§         What motivates people to act the way they do
§         How people make important decisions 
§         To make better decisions based on your values.
§         How values can operate by process as well as by content.   
§         To develop a strategy for powerful living.   
This seminar is a survey of the work and research of Dr. Clare Graves concerning how values tend to 
cluster in a system rather than operate independently. This course covers the 8 levels of value structures.
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