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Changing Church Workshop

Mary at church lower resolutionChanging Church:  A Challenge and a Chance

A Workshop for Church Leaders

on Encouraging and Managing Change in the Local Church

Friday, October 24, 2014
Laguna Beach Top of the World Retreat
Email maryscifresministries@gmail.com by 10/15
to register at the Early Registration Rate of $50
And guarantee your spot!
Registration Fee includes Snacks, Lunch and all Materials

$50 Early Registration
($60 Late Registration After October 15)

(.5 CEU credit available with certificate for additional $10)

Top of the World Retreat
28825 Top of the World Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Led by Rev. Mary J. Scifres
Church Leadership Consultant, & Coach
Mary Scifres Ministries – www. maryscifres.com
~Connecting Church and Culture~

The reality of change in the church is a constant in the shifting sands of today’s world.  Whether we effectively manage that change and guide our churches through the change process often determines whether we remain vital leaders or find ourselves looking for other work!  Pastors and church leaders can transform this challenge into a chance for growth and vitality with the right skills and attitude.  As churches address our changing world, they become places of transformation and spiritual renewal.

Workshop leader and coach Mary Scifres will enrich and strengthen our leadership skills as we explore change in our culture and the opportunities it affords to transform lives as we adapt to the changing world around us. Scifres offers practical tools for managing change and guiding our churches into new ventures. Together, we will explore the impact of cultural change and ways an adaptive church can offer powerful and meaningful ministry in our world.

Rev. Mary J. Scifres, United Methodist Pastor and  Abingdon Press Author, has been a national consultant, preacher, teacher, and coach in worship, visioning, leadership, and church growth for more than two decades.  Having served churches across the nation, Mary brings a broad perspective and diverse understanding of both church and culture.

Mary is author of “Just In Time Special Services,” “Searching for Seekers:  Ministry with a New Generation of the Unchurched,” “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” “Prepare!” and “The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner.”


Top of the World Retreat is our home in Laguna Beach.  Located on both Shady Lane and Top of the World Drive, this multi-level home includes view- and garden-retreat-decks for your enjoyment.  Workshops take place in the spacious living area, and lunch is served in the adjacent dining room, with seating both outside and in.

Our Top of the World Retreat Home offers comfortable space and time to learn, reflect, and retreat.  Situated above the Laguna Wilderness Canyon, this sacred space provides lovely vistas and a quiet place for conversation, contemplation, and education.

Lunch includes salad, grilled chicken, and dessert.  Light snacks, coffee, tea, and filtered water will be available throughout the day as well.

Come early or stay late to walk the nearby park or canyon paths or stroll through the Old Top of the World neighborhood.  Just down the hill, enjoy the quaint ambiance and lovely beaches of Laguna, complete with two public paved trails, dozens of beach accesses, five city parks, and one county park.  Art galleries, shops, restaurants, and hotels abound in Laguna Beach.

Located in the heart of southern California, Laguna can be the starting point for a fun family vacation or a relaxing retreat.  Fly into nearby Orange County Airport (SNA) and arrive in Laguna in less than half an hour.  Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are only 30 minutes away, Legoland only 45 minutes away, and the sights of either San Diego or L.A./Hollywood are within 70 miles.  Click here for Laguna Beach lodging and recreation information.
As always, private or group coaching sessions are available on Thursday evening before the event or Friday evening & Saturday morning after the event.  Contact Mary for more details.

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