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Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory with Rev. Tod Bolsinger

October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


The culture is changing.  The world is changing rapidly.  Churches are facing change on an unprecedented scale.  Churches and church leaders are becoming increasingly irrelevant, even marginalized.  The cultural advantage we experienced during the seventeen centuries of Christendom has almost completely dissipated.  Much training for church leaders continues to be focused on a world which no longer exists and which has become inadequate to meet the challenges of today.

But, the church is also at an exciting crossroads.  We are entering a new day, a new terrain, and a new adventure.  We are not alone.  The Spirit of God goes before us.  The mission of Christ will not fail.  But, our next steps are going to be demanding.  The moment requires us to have an “adventure-or-die” attitude.  We are heading into uncharted territory and must lead people into a future which is nothing like the past.  How can we do that?

Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger will be addressing these questions in a day long conversation and training event for clergy and church leaders.  Tod will discussing the ideas he wrote about in his book Canoeing the Mountains.  The book takes the example of Lewis and Clark who left the east coast in the early 1800s to discover a water pathway to the Pacific Ocean.  Their technical skills only took them so far.  They had to develop adaptive skills as they faced challenges they never thought they would face.  Tod will talk about how pastors and church leaders have to take wise risks, learn to lead on the map before they can lead off the map, how to prepare for the unknown, how to become resilient leaders, and how to follow the Holy Spirit into places we feel completely unprepared for.

Tod Bolsinger was on staff at the Hollywood Presbyterian Church for ten years.  Then, he was the senior pastor at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church for seventeen years.  For the last five years, he has been the Vice President and Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  Tod is a pastor, speaker, coach, author, and blogger.[fusion_separator style_type=”default” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” sep_color=”” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center”][/fusion_separator]

Cost:  $49 per person

Payment Information:  Visa and MasterCard accepted

Please print a copy of your registration for your receipt.

Check payments must be mailed within 7 days of registration.  Please include a copy of your invoice with your check.

Make checks payable to INUMC

Mail to:
Attn:  Lisa Timmerman
301 Pennsylvania Parkway, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46280

Registration deadline:  October 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Registration includes lunch and childcare if requested during the registration process.
Download the child care form here:  Child Care Form
Fill out one child care form per child and send to Ginger Pruitt at ginger@mtpchurch.net

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For information about the event contact Ann Handschu at ann.handschu@inumc.org

Cancellation Policy:  all cancellations must be received via email to Lisa Timmerman at lisa.timmerman@inumc.org by October 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.