Foundations

Group trainingDescription

The introductory unit of Congregational Leadership Training, Foundations, has been developed with input from subject experts and trialled by a number of congregations across Australia and New Zealand to ensure that the content meets the needs of congregational leaders.

The feedback from the trial has been positive. Here are some comments from leaders like you:

  • This is just what we need at our congregation at this time. I love all the explanations, especially in regard to financial jargon—Leon
  • I found the suggestions relating to how congregations should be kept informed of the financial situation most useful—Kerry
  • The subject matter seems about right for a typical Church Council in terms of relevance and complexity—Markus
  • The module gave a clear explanation of the LCA organisational and governance structure—Shirley

Registration for Foundations

The fee per person for Foundations course is only $35, payable when you register.

Registrations are currently closed due to updating of training content.


Topics covered in Foundations

Foundations is broken down into four modules. These modules cover:

  • Module 1: Congregational Leadership – Leadership and Governance; Governance vs Management; Future planning
  • Module 2: The Role of Council – Member qualities; Under God we are responsible to
  • Module 3: Council Responsibilities – Part A - Meeting Content; Roles and Responsibilities; Part B - Financial Requirements
  • Module 4: Our Congregation and the LCA – Congregational Context within the LCA

Training information

The training, best viewed as a congregational group, is facilitated by online presentations. Foundations is offered in a format that is similar to a face-to-face workshop, with congregational office-holders and leaders viewing and listening to the presentations as a group and responding to the activities. Individual activities will be submitted online.

Foundations is based on:

Module 1: Congregational Leadership

Content time: 12 minutes, Activities: 2 x 5 minutes, 2 x 10 minutes
Total time: 42 minutes approx.

Module 2: The Role of Council

Content time: 16 minutes, Activities: 2 x 10 minutes
Total time: 36 minutes approx.

Module 3: Council Responsibilities

Part A

Content time: 24 minutes, Activities: 1 x 5 minutes, 1 x 10 minutes
Total time: 39 minutes approx.

Part B

Content time: 31 minutes, Activities: 4 x 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 11 minutes approx.

Module 4: Our Congregation and the LCA

Content time: 20 minutes, Activities: 2 x 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes approx.

At the end of each completed module, registered participants receive an electronic badge. At the completion of the Foundations unit, a certificate of completion is available for printing. The badges and certificate are important for both LCA and congregational records.

The Foundations Overview provides a comprehensive outline of the Foundations unit and includes learning outcomes and instructions for activity submission.