The July Leadership Training team has planned a fantastic weekend for us on
July 19 and 20 at Unity Atlanta www.unityatl.org.
We are dedicated to helping our ministries thrive. To strengthen community and build leaders, we offer an annual Leadership Training. Every year we experience a wonderful time of fellowship as well as intellectual and spiritual stimulation.
Exciting break out group topics to inspire and empower your church leadership!
Lodging: You and your group are to secure lodging on your own. Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn, Peachtree Corners, GA.
Registration: tell your minister that you’re going. (Ministers: please notify Pam at Unity Atlanta when you have a pretty good estimate of the number of people who are coming from your center.)
Friday: July 19, 2019
Check-in at your hotel. Dinner on your own.
6:30 pm Conversation and Snacks
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Inspirational Service:
- Leadership and How We Dare to Lead: Parts 1 & 2. Rev. David Torres
- Guided Meditation Rev Jenn Sacks
Saturday: July 20, 2019
9:00-9:30 am: Enjoy Coffee & Snacks at Unity Atlanta
9:30-9:45 am: General Assembly, Music by Mike Davis, Information
9:45-Noon: Break out groups:
- It’s Not About Sex: It’s about Power! Rev Brendalyn Batchelor;
- Board Basics and People Skills: Rev James King (see details below)
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch at Unity Atlanta, courtesy of UMMAS
1:00 – 1:15 pm: General Assembly, Music, Information, Love Offering
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Leadership and How We Dare to Lead Part 3: D.Torres
2:15 – 3:00 pm: Sacred Sharing: Applying What We’ve Learned: Rev Jenn Sacks
3:00 – 3:25 pm – Closing: General Assembly Music by Mike Davis
Leadership and How We Dare to Lead in 3 Parts.
Presented by Rev David Torres
Rev David Torres will be sharing ideas he has gleaned from the book “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown. His goal is to connect with a room full of leaders about developing leadership skills that can be tested, measured and learned; but it will take courage, vulnerability, living our values and rising up after disappointments to do it. This workshop will be inspiring, motivating, and a realistic approach to successful leadership. Rev David Torres was ordained by Unity School of Christianity in June 1997. He has served Unity of Auburn, CA, Sunrise Unity, CA, Unity by the Bay, Coos Bay, OR, Unity of Louisville, KY, Unity of Evansville, IN, and retired from Unity Church of the Cumberlands in Cookeville, TN at the end of January 2018. He is having fun writing his book Moments in Time, a transformational journey, and will soon complete his training as a “Certified Unity Consultant.” More details about David are on the Leadership 2019 flyer
It’s Not About Sex, It’s about Power!
Presented by Brendalyn Batchelor, Unity of Santa Fe
It’s also about impact, not intention. And the solution is ethics, intimacy, and integrity. Sexual misconduct complaints against Unity ministers, politicians and other public figures are on the rise throughout our culture. This workshop will support you in understanding what constitutes sexual harassment, how to best avoid being accused of sexual harassment, how to deal with a sexual harassment complaint against you, and how credentialed Unity leaders can appropriately deal with an attraction to a congregant if it occurs. (This course is one of the required UWM CEU credit for ministers & LUTs.) It would be helpful for participants to read and familiarize themselves with the UWM Sexual Conduct Policy before arriving at the conference. Here’s a link to the policy: https://www.unityworldwideministries.org/sexual-conduct-policy) Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor trained employees, supervisors, and managers in sexual harassment prevention at a major national science laboratory and investigated sexual harassment complaints there and in the Unity Movement. She has also had personal experience living in alignment with our UWM Sexual Conduct policy.
Board Basics and People Skills.
Presented by Rev James King, Unity of Greenville
Once you understand your role as a “board member,” you become a leader in your Spiritual Community. It is not enough to have the title. you must know how to work together as a team. “As the leadership goes, so goes the church community.” Here are just some of the “How to’s” we will share: simplify the structure to enhance growth rather than hinder it. Avoid duplication of responsibility and authority. Find joy and purpose in being a board member. Speak as one voice to the congregation. Go the extra mile for your spiritual community. Quicken the decision-making process. Know your own gifts in order to understand the gifts of others. Deal with strong opinions of others. Develop respect for the uniqueness of your team. Pray effectively for your board and your minister(s). Keep unity in Unity. Rev. James King is an ordained Unity minister who serves Unity of Greenville, SC. James is the author of the book Jesus Never Said That! He has recorded several original music and meditation CD’s. More details about James are on the Leadership 2019 flyer
Sacred Sharing: How We Apply What We’ve Learned.
Presented by Rev. Jennifer, Senior Minister of Unity Atlanta.
Rev. Jennifer’s mission is to inspire and encourage others in embracing their divinity so they can lead fulfilling, contented lives and discover the infinite possibilities within God’s abundant universe. She is passionate about bringing scripture and Truth Principles to life and is devoted to helping people connect with God, themselves and one another in ways which transform their lives, their communities, and our world. Rev. Jenn Sacks earned an M.Div. from Unity Institute & Seminary in 2012. She served as Senior Minister of Unity of Gainesville, FL and Unity of Grand Rapids, MI. and is currently the Senior Minister at Unity Atlanta, our host church for this retreat. Rev. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She has been a high school English teacher, educational trainer, advocacy journalist, editor, and public relations executive. Rev Jenn publishes a blog, Faith for the Journey. Follow her at revjenn.com or see her on the pulpit on Sundays at Unity Atlanta. More details about Jenn are on the Leadership 2019 flyer