Church plans leadership retreat

Friday, 2 August, is last date to register

The Church of God Chapel George Town is hosting a two-day retreat focused on leadership, with members of all churches welcome to attend.

The retreat, titled The Leadership Opportunity, features a series of training videos and discussion materials from Peacemaker Ministries, a non-denominational organisation that encourages, equips and assists Christians to respond to conflict biblically.

The retreat is set for two Saturdays, 12 and 19 October, at the Family Life Centre.

There is a $50 cover charge that includes the 40-day devotional book “While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks”, a participant guide for the training, plus lunches and snacks at the retreat. The deadline to pay this cover charge at the church office (phone 949-9393) is 2 August.

This event is a sequel to the Peacemaker training on Conflict Coaching and Mediation taking place 15-17 August at Triple C School. Registration for that training is closed, but The Leadership Opportunity also features videos on conflict coaching, mediation and negotiation as practical skills for the peacemaking leader.

Rev. Alson Ebanks, senior pastor, explained: “Whether large or small, every group is a community, every community has leaders, and all leaders are shepherds.”

Adapting a quote from “While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks”, he added, “Pastors and politicians, construction supervisors and civil servants, corporate executives and housewives, teachers and hospice workers, chaplains and coaches – virtually all of us are shepherds, responsible to God for the way we lead those in our care.”

At the retreat, videos will also be shown on The Shepherd Leader: Understanding Peacemaking through Scripture’s Central Image of Leadership; Building a Culture of Peace in Your Church; Building a Unified Church Leadership Team; Leading Through Change without Dividing the Flock; Mutual Accountability in the Body of Christ and Risk Management in a Church Setting.

Leading up to the retreat, lessons from “While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks” will be discussed at the Family Life Centre on Wednesdays in September from 6.30pm to 8pm, and also on 9 and 16 October.

On Sunday nights, September 1, 8 and 15, companion videos entitled “Shepherds After My Own Heart” will be shown on the shepherd themes of provision, protection and guidance.

Pastor Alson said any local church can participate in this event and offer these same opportunities at their church for discussion of the lessons from While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks and for viewing the videos.

Whether or not a member of a participating congregation, anyone is welcome to attend the retreat at the Family Life Centre. However, space is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

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