the annual Leadership Tune-up

Ross point camp, post falls, id

Leadership Tune-Up is the annual, all Region training event for Mission Northwest pastors, ministry staff and key church leaders. This gathering seeks to train and encourage pastors in the challenge of shepherding 21st century, mission-focused congregations.
Although the Tune-Up is primarily focused on pastors, staff and key lay leaders will also benefit.

2017 leadership tune-up

September 25-27, 2017

This year's Leadership Tune-Up focuses on helping churches and leaders adapt their ministry efforts in a post-everything world. The ministry landscape in this 21st century world is significantly different than the by-gone world of the 1950s and 1960s on which most church models are based. Pastors and church leaders are struggling to navigate this new world. Many churches are declining, some are at death’s door, while others have found new life, but not without major retooling. The ministry map for this new world has yet to be charted. 

This year’s Leadership Tune-Up will face this challenge and wrestle with approaches for finding new ways towards ministry effectiveness in the midst of this new world in which we find ourselves. Referencing adaptive change, systems theory, organizational transformation and entrepreneurial leadership participants will gain insights for thriving in today’s ministry context. 

The plenary sessions, workshops and table conversations will encourage our family of leaders to experiment, adapt and move out in faith.  

The conference will begin, as it does each year, with lunch at noon on Monday and will conclude Tuesday evening. Most attenders stay through Wednesday breakfast and then head home. 

This year’s line-up of speakers include Dr. Tod Bolsinger, author and church leadership expert, Dr. Lee Spitzer, General Secretary of the ABC-USA, and two Mission Northwest pastors giving TED Style talks. In addition there will be a line-up of breakout sessions related to the theme, again, led by Mission Northwest people, all of whom are in the trenches leading ministry in similar contexts to your ministry situation.

Dr. Lee Spitzer will speak once on Monday, Sept 25, and offer two breakout sessions. Tod Bolsinger will speak three times on Tuesday, Sept 26, and offer one breakout session.

Tod Bolsinger

Fuller Seminary // Vice president for vocation and formation and assistant professor of practical theology

Tod Bolsinger is on staff at Fuller Seminary as VP for vocation and formation and assistant prof of practical theology. As senior pastor Dr. Bolsinger led transformation at San Clemente Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2014. Prior to that he was on staff at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He holds a PhD in Theology from Fuller Seminary. His most recent book is Canoeing the Mountains and received the Christianity Today Award of Merit Winner.


Lee Spitzer

ABC-USA // General Secretary

Dr. Lee Spitzer is the new General Secretary of the ABC-USA. Previously he was the Executive Minister for ABC New Jersey. Lee has served three pastorates. Holding M. Div. and D. Min. degrees from Gordon-Conwell his recent Ph.D. is from International Baptist Theological Study Centre. Dr. Spitzer is the author of several books including Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust and Making Friends, Making Disciples. Lee was born into a Jewish home and converted to Christianity as a teen.

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