What is ReShaping Church?

ReShaping Church is a guided process for capturing and integrating the innovation and adaptation resulting from disruptive life experiences, transforming churches into greater expressions of the body of Christ.

Central Seminary's ReShaping Church: Thriving Congregations program is a partnership with Pinnacle Leadership Associates and generously funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Why Participate in ReShaping Church?

How has your church responded to the multiple crises and pandemics we have and continue to face? How will you decide which aspects of yesterday's "normal" are worth keeping and which ones to let go? What happens when pastoring during a pandemic, leading in a liminal season, or responding to a crisis lasts much longer than you expected?  What will a "new normal" look like for your congregation as it seeks to be transformed and to transform?

If you are thinking about these topics, you are not alone. Faith leaders and communities all over the country are asking the same questions. Central Seminary invites you to join the dialogue with other pastors and churches for reflecting on unpredictable experiences, processing them in community, and using them to grow more fully into your unique expression of the Body of Christ. 

Opportunities for Congregations and Individuals

New Opportunity!

Reshaping Church in a Volatile World: Congregational Leadership Collective

A Thriving Congregations Initiative by Central Seminary in partnership with Pinnacle Leadership Associates

Our world is growing less stable with increasing volatility. Extreme economic disparity, racial injustice, political destabilization, distrust for institutions...we could go on. No wonder conversations, research, and exploration of volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions is ramping up. These are some of the large-scale shifts we are likely to see in the near future. All of this in a culture which was already undergoing major culture change, from the modern to postmodern era.
Though no one wants volatile events to come our way more frequently, we recognize that trend in our common experience. So what do followers of Jesus do when VUCA conditions arise? How do we respond? What’s our spiritual perspective or posture toward these kinds of experiences?  What does effective church leadership look like in this kind of world?
This is the focus of the Reshaping Church Congregational Leadership Collective. Church leaders, ordained and lay, are invited to join the Collective, February – June, 2022.

Anticipated Outcomes:
- A greater and more accurate understanding of our VUCA context, along with the greater understanding of how churches are responding
- Increased confidence and competence for leading effectively during volatile times
- Learning emerging church leadership practices which help open the door for missional movement and reshaping the church for effective ministry during volatile times
- Collaborative learning with other congregational leaders

Activities and Format
Three primary activities are the heart of this Congregational Leadership Collective.

  1. Monthly Online Seminar - Third Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m. (CST), February – June; Participants will engage in an online Seminar once a month (75 minutes), facilitated by Mark Tidsworth, author of ReShape: Emerging Church Practice In A Volatile World.  Since March 2019, Mark has led numerous seminars for church leaders on emerging leadership practices which open the door to forward progress. Each participant receives a copy of the ReShape book as the text for this Seminar.
  2. Coaching Group - Participants engage in an online coaching group each month (90 minutes) with other congregational leaders and a Coach. The primary activity in each coaching group is linking emerging church practices with one’s church context and considering implementation opportunities
  3. Basecamp Online Platform - Participants are invited to join us on Basecamp, an online place to collaboratively learn and share emerging church practices.

Participation Fee is $250 per church.  This fee includes an unlimited number of clergy or lay leaders from each congregation and a book for each participant.  The participation fee is subsidized by the Thriving Congregations Initiative of the Lilly Endowment.

Registration has been extended and is now open until February 7, 2022.

For more information:

Jessica C. Williams
Director of Alumni Engagement and Lifelong Learning
Program Director, Reshaping Church: Thriving Congregations


(913) 667-5708

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