Sparking Imagination in the Mountains

Western National Leadership Training

September 30 - October 3, 2015

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado


Bobbi Hoffman
Synod of the Rocky Mountains 


Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM MDT
Saturday October 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM MDT

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YMCA of the Rockies 
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO 80517

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Creating Worship with "Deep Soul" - Plenary sessions and worship with Marcia McFee, Ph.D.

When worship moves beyond "going through the motions" to experiences of "deep soul," congregations are transformed. Dr. McFee's interactive planary sessions will include:

Creating Worship with Deep Soul - Marcia will introduce what she means by "M-M-Good" worship and why this is the most exciting time in worship history to be planning worship - no matter the "style!"

Think like a Filmmaker - What can we learn from filmmakers that can inform our work in offering the greatest story ever told in sensory-ways? Why do we need sensory-rich worship and how can we do it in large and small churches with small budgets and volunteers?

The Rhythms of Litury and Life - With lots of interactive music we will explore the various rhythms of worship vocabularies and why we benefit from utilizing a diversity of rhythms (AND why we get into "worship wars" and how to avoid it).

"O Lord, is it Sunday Already?!" - Worship planning can be relentless with Sunday coming EVERY week! We'll talk about planning substantive and vital worship without getting burned out, drawing on the model offered in Marcia's Worship Design Studio.

Other Interesting Events Include:

Fidelity Workshop on Thursday night

Finding Poetry in Prayer Workshop with Gary Weaver on Thursday night

Conversation time with PC(USA) Moderator Heath Rada on Thursday nigh and Friday night

Workshops for 2015 include -

The Bible and the Qur'an: Scriptures Separated by a Common God led by Whit Bodman

Developing Leadership in Unexpected Ways and Places led by Corey Schlosser-Hall

Evolutions and Revolutions in Modern Islam: What the H-- is Going on? led by Whit Bodman

God and Human Suffering led by Gregory Love

Leveraging the Nominating Committee for Organizational Change led by Kevin Keaton

Reformed Worship led by Robert Hoch

Rethinking the Parables led by Elizabeth Caldwell and Sarah Tanzer

Teaching the Parables with Adults and Children led by Elizabeth Caldwell and Sarah Tanzer


To view the entire WNLT brochure and see the workshop descriptions, click here

Important details

Single/Double Occupancy: Single occupancy is for one room. If you are bringing a friend/spouse but this person is not participating, you will need to pay single occupancy. If there are two people sharing a room and they are both participating, you will each pay the double occupancy fee.

Registration Deadlines: Early bird registration is for those who register before June 30, 2015. The final deadline is July 22, 2015. If you register after July 22, we will make an effort to secure your lodging at the YMCA, but it may NOT be guaranteed and the rate may be a bit higher.

Childcare - is available throught the YMCA for a fee. Please contact the YMCA directly.

Altitude: YMCA of the Rockies is more than 8,000 feet above sea level. Remember to drink plenty of water, wear sun block, and give your body time to adjust by limiting physical activity for the first 24 hours.

Wristbands - When you're a guest at YMCA of the Rockies you will be asked to wear a Stay Pass wristband while on the campus so that you can be easily identified and granted access to all of their free and affordable activities. (This is also in effect for those non-participating roommates.)

Travel Information - Denver International Airport is the closet large airport. Estes Park Shuttle (970-586-5151) provides transportation to the YMCA of the Rockies.

Lodging/Meals - Your registration fee includes lodging for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night (except for the day passes). It also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday (day pass is lunch and dinner); breakfast and lunch on Friday (day pass - lunch); and breakfast on Saturday.

Scholarships - Some scholarships are availableto those inrural and/or remote congreations. Please see the brochure for details or contact Bobbi Hoffman for details.