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On Saturday, November 3 (10 am to 4 pm), you’re invited to join us at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois. Ruth Fletcher, the Disciples Regional Minister in Montana will be with us to talk about nurturing the lives of congregations.

She is the author of Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations. It is available on Amazon in paperback and electronic formats. In addition to making a compelling case for congregational transformation, her book is a rich resource of practical tools (12 appendices). You will love it!

This session with Ruth is entitled – Becoming a People of Welcome 

How can we become trustworthy communities that welcome the stranger?  In this retreat we will learn to leave behind obsolete traditions and ineffectual beliefs, and to confront alienating behaviors which threaten safe space.  We will explore how to develop habits of clarity, challenge, and courage that enlarge our capacity to grow and thrive as the Body of Christ.

We’re very excited to have Ruth with us. She nurtures positive transformation in individuals and systems through teaching and spiritual leadership. Throughout her life, she has trained leaders, facilitated personal growth retreats, accompanied congregations through change, encouraged imagination, keynoted conferences, preached and led worship, coached pastors, and designed processes for systemic revitalization.

Ruth is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology at Claremont and has authored resources regarding peace education, congregational discernment, and the role of elders in the church. Her most recent book is entitled Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations.

 

This event is open to everyone – clergy, laypersons – everyone. Cost is $10.00 per person and lunch is included.

Register here!

Note – we’ll be recording this event on video to create an online workshop for Thrive.

 

And here’s some news about Thrive! in real life – see what Galesburg is doing – click here

 

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