District Day Apart

Building Healthy Relationships in the Local Church for Fruitful Ministry

November 15

9 am-4:30 pm

Marcus, Grace United Methodist Church
303 E Fenton, Marcus, Iowa




Registration Deadline:  November 1, 2016

Cost:  $15/person—Covers Meal and Materials

.65 CEUs  will be available

Purpose:  To engage United Methodist clergy and laity in training that provides knowledge and adaptive leadership tools for engaging healthier systems.

Description: A full day workshop honing tools for ministry:  building trust, forming healthy relationships, understanding family systems, becoming less reactive, moving from defensive leadership to a more open, self-reflective stance. We’ll look at:

· Trusting Relationships: Trust is more complicated than it appears.   Everyone has a different and unique approach to how trust is defined and how trusting relationships are built.  We explore the multiple elements of trust and how we can be more successful in analyzing and exhibiting trusting behaviors.

· Leadership Skills: Recognizing the ways we protect ourselves we become aware of how our behaviors impact our leadership and responses to others.  

· Personal Insights: Behaviors become habits that may have served us well, but may not be working in the current situation.  Self-awareness can lead to changed behavior that is more effective.

· Emotional Intelligence: Creating a positive congregational experience by creating a new level of consciousness and breaking free of ineffective behaviors. We become aware of the ways we are blocked or stretched to learning and growth.




Diane McClanahan, M.Div.
Diane is appointed to extension ministry at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center where she is the Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life. She offers spiritual enrichment, professional development and consultation for clergy and congregations.  She is a spiritual director clergy coach, conflict transformation specialist and trained Peacemaker Circle Leader.  

Carla Cain, GPHR, MBA
Carla is a Peacemaker Circle Leader, and facilitator of transformation with a 30-year background in the corporate sector, including roles in human resources, leadership development, and organizational design. She consults with churches in transition, leads strategic planning and is a member of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Conflict Transformation Team.


Offered by the Northwest District of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Please contact us with any comments or questions.