Webinars and Workshops

Short Courses and Workshops

Available to alumnae, current participants, and those exploring executive education, this are excellent ways to check out the Iron Sharpening Iron approach.

Coaching Skills for Congregational Leaders (June 26, 2024)

    • 3 Hours
    • Virtual
    • Open to pastors, staff and lay leaders


Connecting Congregations to Updated DEIB Best Practices (8/15 and 8/22)

This is a 2-session workshop that will focus on bringing current research and best practices on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into three different aspects of a congregational leader’s role: supervising staff, stewarding congregations, and partnering with community organizations. Sessions will be led by Lauren Martin of CultureAlly.

  • 3 Hours
  • Virtual
  • Open to pastors, staff and lay leaders

How Pastors Should Think About Property (September 20-21, 2024)

This workshop will be grounded in plenary sessions delivered by Lindsay Baker, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, with afternoon workshops tailored to answer questions about staying in (or leaving) your building wisely.

  • 2 days
  • In-Person and Online Options
  • Open to pastors, staff and lay leaders


These offerings build on Iron Sharpening Iron’s core curriculum, creating content that speaks directly to the expressed needs of our current participants.

Coaching Skills for Leaders: Tips for Empathic, Effective Supervision (April 23, 2024)

You may know a lot about pastoral care, but how does (or should) that differ from supervising staff? This webinar, led by Anita Kishore, is designed as an entry point into how the coaching model can lead to smarter, more successful supervision.

A former scientist & management consultant, Anita Kishore coaches senior executives, federal government leaders, and underrepresented MBA students. Anita also teaches Leadership as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Imagination Book Club (June 4, July 18 and Aug. 20)

A sociologist, a game designer, and a pastor walk into a coffee shop. What do they have to say to each other? Turns out, quite a bit… Ruha Benjamin, Jane McGonigal, and Kenda Creasy Dean have each written books that challenge us to prioritize imagination. Not for escapism or whimsy, but as a crucial tool in leading organizations in a time of unprecedented change. In this summer’s book club conversations we’ll explore what lessons these books have in common, where they deviate from one another, what they have to say to us as leaders, and what implications they have for the church.

From the Pulpit to the Page: How Do I Get Published? (June 19)

Lisa Ann Cockrel, Aquisitions Editor at Eerdmans Publishing. She will join us to talk about what makes for an effective proposal and to answer questions participants have about engaging with publishers.




Neurodivergence in Ministry Teams

Faith Saenz, founder of NeuroTalent Consulting, speaks with pastors about the leading as a neurodivergent person, supporting neurodivergent staff members, and building a team that can flourish.

Creating Healthy Boundaries: Living in Liminal Spaces, Part I 

Navigating Transitions with Integrity: Living in Liminal Spaces, Part 2 

Panel discussions will feature Rev. Pam Driesell, Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell, and Rev. Melanie Marsh, addressing some of the deepest questions women bring to us each year.

Managing Volunteers: Secrets to Supervising People Who Aren’t on the Payroll 

Led by Luisa Boyarksi, Associate Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, this webinar offers practical advice for motivating, organizing, and retaining volunteers.

Implementing the Bold Vision: Elected Officials on the Transition from Campaign to Governance 

For the first time in its history, the city of St. Paul is represented by all women and majority people of color. Join Councilmembers Rebecca Noecker and Cheniqua Johnson to discuss how we move from designing a leadership vision (campaigning) to implementation (governing), and managing the bureaucracies and stakeholders along the way.

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