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 2021 CHURCH LEADERS EVENT 

The first virtual Church Leaders Event was held online from February 13 to 20, 2021. Participants were treated to informative, stimulating workshops and discussions led by leaders from both local and national settings. Though we missed being together in person for this event, catching up with one another and enjoying tasty food, the online format allowed participants to attend every workshop and access workshop recordings. The eight workshops are now available for all to view!

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Find workshop recordings and resources below:

Ron Heifetz


An acclaimed author and trainer of transformative leadership, he formed the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and is respected as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the practice and teaching of leadership.

LEADERSHIP AND ADAPTABILITY

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Introduction to a practical framework of the practice of leadership—the adaptability of organizations to thrive in changing environments. Distinguish between leadership and authority and between technical and adaptive problem-solving. Explore limitations and resources that come with authority.

Ellen Godbey Carson

A retired attorney who served as President of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, she is a member of Church of the Crossroads.

TIPS FOR ONLINE CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

What does the state require for virtual meeting? What official board actions are required? How do you manage the virtual meeting, including voting?

Andrew Warner

 

As the Generosity Outreach Officer of the United Church of Christ, Andrew trains, coaches, and mentors conference and congregational leaders to strengthen the culture of generosity.

Email: warnera@ucc.org

TREASURERS & STEWARDSHIP CHAIRS BEST PRACTICES

Monday, February 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Learn best practices for sustainability and developing a year-around practice of telling your church’s story. Review record keeping, safe practices, helpful financial reports, and thanking donors.
 

Congregational Economic Evaluation Survey (pre-presentation)
 

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RESOURCES FOR TREASURERS & STEWARDS

Jeffrey Miguel Acido

 

Educated in education and theology, Jeffrey has a passion for developing young leaders of faith to address social justice and practice liberation faith.

GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION

Monday, February 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

How do we use the gifts and wisdom of the next generation to develop faithful and relevant ministry? How do we move to prophetic vision and intergenerational space?

Caroline Belsom

 

An attorney, Caroline led us through the first virtual HCUCC ‘Aha Pae‘āina, as the Chair of the Conference Council. She was an Assistant Moderator for the UCC General Synod and has served on boards of nonprofits on Maui. She is a member of Wailuku Union Church.

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP: MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Part 1—Meetings

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to manage others’ expectations as well as yours to prevent gaps between perceptions and realities of church life and governance. This introduction to expectations of management will include applications in conducting meetings.

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Josh Hayashi

 

Josh is the principal consultant for Hoku‘iwa, a business that has a passion for the church. He is also a chaplain for the middle school at Punahou School.

FACING THE FUTURE TOGETHER WITH HOPE

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Churches are facing similar challenges: decreasing membership, aging and tired leadership, and costly facility maintenance. What are the options and stories of some churches in our conference that have made significant decisions? What can God do with our churches? Is the future bleak? Guided discussion, with an opportunity for audience participation.

Panelists: 

  • Wayne Ibara, Makiki Christian Church (O‘ahu Association)
    Books referenced:

    • Leadership, God’s Agency, and Disruptions by Mark Lau Branson & Alan Roxburgh

    • “Beyond Resistance” by UCC president John Dorhauer; more accessible as to the challenge facing churches today, and written from the context of UCC churches nationally.

  • Robb Kojima, Wailuku Union Church (Tri-Isle Association)
     

  • Sage Chee, Hau‘ula Congregational Church (Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches)
    About the situation with Hau‘ula Congregational Church

Caroline Belsom

 

An attorney, Caroline led us through the first virtual HCUCC ‘Aha Pae‘āina, as the Chair of the Conference Council. She was an Assistant Moderator for the UCC General Synod and has served on boards of nonprofits on Maui. She is a member of Wailuku Union Church.

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP: MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Part 2—Records Management

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Learn how to manage others’ expectations as well as yours to prevent gaps between perceptions and realities of church life and governance. Receive specific tips for creating a system for organizing and managing church records.

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David Popham

 

The HCUCC Conference Minister since September 2019, David was a pastor for 11 years and has 13 years in conference ministry as an associate conference minister in the Rocky Mountain and Central Atlantic Conferences.

DON'T PANIC: GROWING IN COVENANT

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Help for times when there’s a concern between the pastor and church members, as when a new pastor comes, or there’s smoldering conflict—or worse. With the biblical model of Covenant, there’s no need to panic and turn to society’s divorce model.

Goals of this workshop:

  • To be able to ask critical questions of relationships

  • To find lasting solutions to relational issues

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This event is made possible by your generous contributions to

Our Church's Wider Mission.