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The Workshop Series

Upcoming Workshops…

All of the following workshops will be held at Belmont’s Cool Springs Campus (310 Billingsly Ct, Franklin, TN 37067).  

Each workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2:00 p.m.  Registration cost includes lunch.  Cost per participant is $49. 

 

    Workshops

  • How to Finish Well: How to plan effectively for the final season of professional ministry.
    03-16-2020 | This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    Most seminaries, theological schools, and even some colleges, offer a lot of good insight into finding success in ministry… particularly at the front end of one’s career.  Students are trained in preaching, church administration, staff alignment, and even finances.  But where does an experienced minister turn to learn how to finish well?  Beyond the practical considerations of financial planning, what are the emotional and spiritual needs that are on the horizon when retirement looms?  And what about the need for community?  Many ministers are so inextricably linked to their congregations that when they step away to give the new pastor room to thrive, they discover a loneliness and crave a sense of community.  This workshop will take a look at the final season of professional ministry.  The Charlie Curb Center welcomes Dr. Mike Smith, recently retired pastor of Central Baptist Church – Fountain City, as our workshop leader.

  • Evangelism: Old “Word” Meets New World
    05-04-2020 | This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    During the course of the previous century, a lot of time, attention, and energy was spent on the topic of evangelism.  Many mainline denominations emphasized the need for developing effective strategies that would introduce the Christian faith to non-believers.  Strategies included everything from tract distribution, Backyard Bible clubs, revival meetings, and even bus ministries.  Has the zeal of making new converts slowly declined in the past several decades?  Is faith-sharing a priority among many churches?  Is it true, as some have suggested, that political correctness has seeped into the Christian mentality to the extent that many are now governed by a “live and let live” mentality that has put evangelism on the back burner?  This conversation/workshop will focus on the topic of faith-sharing… how to develop new and effective ways of introducing people to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  This workshop will be led by Matthew Page, Connection & Missions Minister – The Church at Ave South. (www.avesouthchurch.com)

  • Blind Spots & Biases: Discovery & Solution - An Evening Workshop
    08-31-2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    Is it possible that we are blind to some of our prejudices and biases?  Are there hidden “blind spots” in our minds that might influence how we treat others or how we approach a particular topic? Are our actions always the result of well-informed, carefully thought-out, decision-making processes, or do we possess attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. that are hidden deep down inside ourselves?  This workshop will help participants discover and explore some of their hidden biases and hopefully offer some ways of correcting those blind spots.  Dr. Jon Roebuck is the Executive Director of the Reverend Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University. (www.belmont.edu/faithleadership)

  • Church Staff Relationships: How to manage the dynamics of a multi-staff configuration of both full and part-time employees.
    11-16-2020 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    Almost any church expert will tell you that the main source of stress, and by far, the main consumer of a lead pastor’s time is spent with personnel matters.  Managing church employees can be tricky.  Staff members work together very closely… they pray together… they worship together… they ease crisis moments in the life of the church as a team.  Sometimes the lines of leadership get a little blurred.  Sometimes, personalities get involved and allegiances get challenged.  How can a pastor handle the demands of leading both full and part-time employees?  Are there insights that equip key leaders to lead well?  This workshop will focus on training key leaders to become better at management and employee dynamics.  Workshop leaders include Dr. Bill Wilson and Dr. Matt Cook, The Center for Healthy Churches.  (www.chchurches.org)

  • Past Events

  • Blind Spots & Biases: Discovery & Solution – Dr. Jon Roebuck
    08-29-2019 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    Is it possible that we are blind to some of our prejudices and biases?  Are there hidden “blind spots” in our minds that might influence how we treat others or how we approach a particular topic? Are our actions always the result of well-informed, carefully thought-out, decision-making processes, or do we possess attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. that are hidden deep down inside ourselves?  This workshop will help participants discover and explore some of their hidden biases and hopefully offer some ways of correcting those blind spots.  Dr. Jon Roebuck is the Executive Director of the Reverend Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University. 

  • Presentation Effectiveness – Dr. Geoff Price
    09-13-2019 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    Public speakers often integrate visual media with their spoken words to enhance the delivery of their message. Presentation programs such as PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi offer a range of editing, styling, formatting, and presentation strategies intended to capture the audience’s attention. But sometimes, the presentations do little to engage with the audience and neglect to connect the spoken words with the displayed media. How can you create multimedia presentations that allow audiences to more effectively receive and internalize your message? Our workshop will explore strategies and techniques for effectively delivering speeches, sermons, and workshops with an audiovisual presentation. Dr. Geoff Price is the Director of Instructional Technology at Belmont University.

  • The Turn Around Pastor – Dr. Bill Wilson
    11-11-2019 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    It appears that nearly every pastor of an established church that isn't a megachurch is by default in a turnaround situation. Trends, metrics, and even attitudes need to be changed. Unfortunately, most of us didn't learn those unique skills in divinity school or seminary, and, are now tasked with a job we must master on the fly. We'll identify and consider the specific tasks, gifts, and capacities we need to pay attention to as we navigate this reality.  Dr. Bill Wilson is the Director & Founder of the Center for Healthy Churches.

  • The Art of Story Telling – Dr. Jon Roebuck
    12-09-2019 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Belmont Cool Springs CampusRegister

    Let’s be honest… very few people will remember your message moments after it has been proclaimed.  Sure.  They might glom onto a single idea or a well-turned phrase.  But it’s the stories they will remember long after the PowerPoint dims and the sanctuary empties.  Stories connect to the mind, stir the heart, and inspire the spirit.  So how do we infuse better stories into our presentations?  Where do we discover meaningful tales?  And how can we become better at the art of using them to reinforce our topics?  This workshop will explore how to find and record great stories and offer practical ways to practice the art of story-telling more effectively.  Dr. Jon Roebuck is the Executive Director of the Reverend Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University. 

    *(This workshop is offered as an evening event at the Cool Springs Business & Educational Facility. It begins at 6 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m.  There is no meal provided, but snacks and refreshments will be offered.)