SSC Offers 30-Day Pivot: Learning to Thrive in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO, IL (October 6, 2020) — Start and Strengthen Churches (SSC) is offering Covenanters the opportunity to participate in a 30-Day Pivot workshop designed to help churches thrive amid the rapid and unpredictable societal changes that are posing extreme existential challenges—and opportunities—to congregations.

The 30-Day Pivot was developed by leadership strategist Carey Nieuwhof. “Agility is the new superpower,” Nieuwhof says, and churches’ ability to be agile in response to change will determine whether they die, survive, or thrive.

The virtual workshop offers a three-step process pastors and lay leaders can use on a monthly basis to become more agile, says SSC executive minister Paul Lessard.

Long-range planning for churches and other organizations used to span several years, Lessard says. Now it can mean anything more than a few months. Six months ago, few people would have predicted the changes the culture has witnessed due to Covid-19.

Greg Yee, superintendent of the Pacific Northwest Conference who has participated in the 30-Day Pivot, says, “Traditional long-range planning doesn’t make sense right now.”

SSC vitality coordinator Mary Hendrickson says the 30-Day Pivot template helps teams go deeper in short bursts of time as opposed to having long planning meetings or retreats. Covenant congregations that have started to implement the process are finding it helpful, she says.

The five-hour workshop incorporates three 30-minute videos plus time for discussion and strategic planning. Leadership teams will take time to look past the obstacles facing their congregation and discern opportunities, generate fresh ideas, and then quickly and effectively take action.

The process is team-centered because congregations need to draw upon the different gifts of people for what Lessard calls “strategic discernment,” which involves attending to the voice of God regarding mission while using leadership and planning tools.

Churches can choose from any of the dates below:

Tuesday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST)
Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST)
Saturday, October 24, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST)
Thursday, November 12, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  (CST)

The discounted Covenant rate is $77 per team. Click here to register.

 

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