Number of weeks: 5
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Are you a leader? The new year brings new leadership assignments for many of us! Whether you see yourself as having a spiritual gift of leadership or not, you do influence people. The way you influence them can release their power, and yours, toward achievement of your ministry goals.
The concept of “3 Colors of Leadership” springs from the pioneering Natural Church Development (NCD) research of Christian Schwarz in 70,000 churches across all six continents. Participants will need to purchase “The 3 Colors of Leadership” by Schwarz from Churchsmart.com in the U.S. or from your national NCD resource agency in other countries.
Before the class, each participant must identify at least two (or more) persons whom the participant has influenced, and ask them to complete an online confidential questionnaire about the participant’s leadership style, as explained in the textbook, which includes a “token” for the online questionnaire.
There will be a very short daily reading, reflection and small group discussion. (This class will not include face to face online meetings.)
1.5 CEU will be awarded on completion.
About the Instructor
Beth Galbreath is a United Methodist deacon whose specialty is “digital culture ministry,” which includes everything the Church needs to do to move from the print-literate culture of the last five centuries to the digital-communication culture of the 21st. She is one of the few (but proud!) graduates of the former Lumicon Institute’s certification program in digital culture ministry. “Digital culture ministry” is not just about technology; it includes re-emphasis on spiritual formation practices. To that end she holds a master’s from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in spiritual formation and evangelism. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to classes.
Digital culture ministry is also about ancient-future worship arts and education styles, especially an emphasis on story; to that end she is a passionate biblical storyteller and teacher. She is an ambassador of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates the NBSI-related Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories. She’s taught biblical storytelling abroad in Cameroon, Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines.
Beth serves the Northern Illinois Conference as co-chair of its Order of Deacons, and is a certified Natural Church Development coach. She also serves on the pastoral leadership team of Compassion UMC in Brookfield, IL, a new church plant. Her ministry includes consulting, teaching, and small group leadership. She is also an activist for solar energy, prison ministry, interfaith understanding, and eco-sustainability. Rev. Galbreath is the author of The Story and the Feast, a digital resource (three CDs of text and slides) of liturgy for Holy Communion, connected to the weekly stories and texts of the lectionary, and including notes for biblical storytellers.