While I had just come back to faith and was starting to grow in my home church, First Baptist Church Murfreesboro, I had never envisioned going to seminary. In need of spiritual growth and understanding, everything pointed me in that direction; however, our family is a single income family with four children. My job was crucial and I could not see how I could possibly attend seminary.
Just when I thought that there was no hope, I was surprised by a flyer about a seminary that would be housed in my church. I found out that classes would be done in intensives on Friday night and Saturday and that the tuition was subsidized through the generosity of grants. I finally got it all together and started my seminary journey at Central Baptist Theological Seminary - Tennessee.
This format allowed me to complete my degree without missing any work or taking too much time away from my family. At the same time, I was able to develop an understanding of how to apply the skills from seminary to my sense of calling as a marketplace minister and allowed me to find ways to execute this ministry. After completion of seminary, my home church ordained me and blessed me in this calling.
I am extremely grateful for Central for the work it has done in my life by providing a thought provoking broad theological education.
Clergy Development Workshop: Building Your Staff Team
An Interactive Workshop for Clergy & Church Staff
February 11, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Cost and Benefits:
WORKSHOP FEE - $50
· Peoplemap Inventory
· Sample Development Plan
Optional Follow-up Coaching:
$250 (six sessions)
THE PEOPLEMAP COMMUNICATION SYSTEM: A Way to Enhance Your Interpersonal Communication and Leadership Effectiveness
Peoplemap is a powerful, yet fun and practical learning program. Each participant completes the same seven item questionnaire. This inventory, with 95% accuracy in identifying your personality type, is designed to show each person’s way of relating to others, solving problems, leading and getting work accomplished.
Each person’s questionnaire is immediately self-scored to determine their personality type: Leader, People, Free Spirit, Task. Each type has three in-born strengths, as well as a “weak spot” that we call the Achilles Heel. When understood, the Achilles Heel can be turned into a “learned” strength. Therefore, each personality type as specific areas they need to address in their own growth and development so they can perform at their highest level.
HOW WILL IT BENEFIT US AND WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
Most people in congregations believe in and want effective relationships. The Peoplemap provides a hands-on tool for building interpersonal relationships. Participants understand themselves better, while developing a new appreciation for other personality types. They leave the workshop with useable skills they can use immediately. Clergy, Church Staffs, and Lay Leaders will develop:
- Better relationships internally & externally
- Enhanced team and committee effectiveness
- More effective communication
- Increased mission advancement
- Stronger appreciation for the value of all personality types
Church Staffs that participate together will immediately gain increased team functioning.