COVID19 Webinar Series

Effective boards & leadership teams: Planning through COVID Planning beyond COVID

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Recorded on May 28, 2020

The initial shock and impact of the rapid spread of coronavirus has subsided. The seminary made it through the crisis management phase of the pandemic. What’s next? Join presenter David Alexander of Alexander Resource Strategies, as he shares why effective boards and leadership teams must research, imagine and plan for what lies ahead. This webinar will provide an overview of the principles and practice of scenario planning, encouraging leaders to suspend allegiance to their “official future” and craft data-informed stories that help leaders anticipate and prepare for their seminary’s future—both through COVID and beyond COVID.

Collaboration & shared services: Exploring the possibilities

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Recorded on June 4, 2020

Today, there are increased challenges for seminaries that identify as "free-standing". Like many seminaries, Winebrenner has identified "Collaborative Relationships" as a strategic priority. This session, led by President of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Brent Sleasman, invites conversation about an alternative to merging with or embedding within a larger institution: sharing organizational services. While there are multiple positive outcomes that emerge from collaborative relationships, Winebrenner expects to work with other organizations in a mutually beneficial manner while ensuring accreditation standards are met and maintained.

Restarting active fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Recorded on June 11, 2020

Brad Layland, CEO of The FOCUS Group, and Ted Rodgers, Executive Consultant of The FOCUS Group, will offer guidance and practical steps for you to take to restart active fundraising during the “middle.” They will also answer your questions about the current environment as it relates to both current and future (estate) gifts. This webinar is ideal for development officers and staff.

Communicating with care during COVID-19

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Recorded on Thursday, June 18, 2020 


Crises require not just an increase in the frequency of communication, but also an escalation of care. How are you engaging with your staff and faculty during the pandemic? Are there best practices as we offer compassion to our academic communities during these uncertain days?

Dr. Rod Wilson, trained as a Clinical Psychologist as well as in theology, has served theological schools for over 40 years as a Professor, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, President, and consultant. He will provide suggestions and practical steps for communicating with care, as well as facilitate peer learning during this webinar.