Diocesan News: Parish Leadership Day 2015

Equipping all God’s servants


All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This year’s event will be hosted by

Grace-St. Paul’s Church

3715 E. State St. Ext., Hamilton, NJ 08619

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 Program Fee:  $10

Lunch may be ordered during registration process

for an additional fee of $10

Register Here

 Adaptive Leadership in Our New Environment

Presenter:  Craig Van Gelder, PhD

We are all aware of the massive social and cultural changes that have taken place during the last half century, most of which have deeply impacted the church. This workshop provides perspective on this new environment we find ourselves in, and how we reached this point.

This workshop then provides a way forward by learning how to engage in what is known as “adaptive change.” This type of change helps to answer the question, “What do we do when we no longer know what to do?” Practical tools are offered for engaging in adaptive change through designing and conducting experiments which help us to “behave our way into new thinking” as we are led by the Spirit of God into uncharted waters.    

About Craig Van Gelder
Emeritus Professor of Congregational Mission, Luther Seminary and Consultant, The Missional Network Van Gelder holds a MDiv (1978), a Ph.D. in Missiology (1982) and a Ph.D. in Administration in Urban Affairs (1985). He served as Professor of Congregational Mission at Luther Seminary from 1998-2014, preceded by 10 years as Professor of Domestic Missiology at Calvin Seminary. This discipline utilizes biblical and theological frameworks in developing a missional approach for helping congregations in the U.S. engage changing contexts while pursuing adaptive change and transformation. Initially ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), his ordination currently resides with the Christian Reformed Church.


Now retired from full-time teaching, Van Gelder continues to consult with churches in helping them participate more fully in God’s mission in the world. His most recent book was co-authored with Dwight Zscheile, The Missional Church in Perspective (2011); is the author ofThe Essence of the Church (2000) and The Ministry of the Missional Church (2007); co-authored with Rick Rouse A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation (2008); and has served as editor of and contributor to numerous other volumes.