How can I help my congregation have a difficult conversation regarding our ministry, current social issues, and a host of other subjects? This is a challenge confronting my pastors and church leaders today. Churchnet sponsored another webinar in our Churchnet Leadership Series. We invite you to view a recording of this special webinar entitled “Difficult Conversations.” The webinar was led by Dr. Doyle Sager and Dr. Robert Perry. Doyle is Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Bob is a skilled congregational health consultant and Team Leader for Churchnet’s Congregational Health Team. We were delighted to have these men leading the webinar.
The subject of the webinar was “How to Help Churches Engage in Difficult Conversations.” It dealt with leading congregations to discuss and reach consensus on hard-to-deal with matters like staff changes, church conflict, hot-button social issues (e.g. homosexuality, abortion), theological disagreement, and others matters that can be divisive and painful. The webinar drew on some of the insights contained in the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, written by Stone, Patton, Heen and Fisher. That book was recently mailed to about 200 Missouri pastors and church leaders as a gift from Churchnet.
Dr. Doyle Sager
Because so many pastors helped Doyle when he accepted God’s call to vocational ministry at the age of 15, he counts it a privilege to pour his life into others through mentoring/discipling. He is a member of Missouri Faith Voices and its local affiliate, Faith Voices for Jefferson City, and is passionate about justice and care for all of God’s people. One of his favorite quotes: “The Kingdom of God is creation healed.” Doyle holds degrees from the University of Central Missouri (BS Ed) and from Midwestern Baptist Seminary (Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry). Doyle is past president of Churchnet (the Baptist General Convention of Missouri), a Baptist network serving churches. He is a trustee emeritus of William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, where he served as a trustee for nearly twenty years. He was co-founder and president of Mainstream Missouri Baptists (1999-2002), an organization committed to preserving historic Baptist principles, centered around religious liberty for all people.
Dr. Bob Perry
Bob Perry is the Congregational Health Team Leader. He has extensive experience as a pastor and director of missions in Missouri and Virginia. He also served as a missionary to Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He has broad denominational experience and is the author or co-author of seven books including: Models for Multifamily Housing Ministry, Values-based Tactical Planning for Religious Organizations, Pass the Power, Please!, Futuropting – Multiple Scenario Planning for Churches, Congregational Wellness: Help for Broken Churches, and Find a Niche and Scratch It. His latest book is entitled “Leadership the Ozarks Way.”
Click the video below to view a recording of the webinar.