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Thriving Congregations: A Series on Leadership

Thriving Congregations: A Series on Leadership

Thriving Congregations: A Series on Leadership

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture supports faith leaders as they seek to reimagine their ministries and help their congregations thrive in a time of significant religious and social change. This series will help you consider your own leadership style, the state of your organization and the needs of your community.

You may attend one or all events. Sessions will build upon each other. 

RSVP for one or more sessions

Location in Long Beach will be shared with registered attendees.

The Long Beach Church Collective and Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology are partners with CRCC on Thriving Congregations, Thriving Leaders, of which this series is a part. 

What does it mean to Thrive in 2024?

Monday, June 24, 2024
10 am – 11:30 am PDT
Breakfast served at 9:30 am
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Location in Long Beach will be shared with registered attendees.

Unpack what it means to thrive and be a faith leader in 2024.

In introducing “Thriving Congregations, Thriving Leaders,” scholars from the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Biola University Rosemead School of Psychology will share how you can boost your own wellbeing and your organization’s vitality.


The Jazz of Leadership

Monday, July 29, 2024
10 am – 11:30 am PDT
Breakfast served at 9:30 am
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Location in Long Beach will be shared with registered attendees.

Find your groove and create harmony on your team. 

If you want your congregation’s work in the world to be more than background Muzak, you need to know how to lead like Duke Ellington. Enjoy live jazz music along with leadership lessons from Ronald McCurdy, professor of music at the USC Thornton School of Music, and Ken Perlman, adjunct professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business.


Navigating by Your North Star

Monday, September 23, 2024
10 am – 11:30 am PDT
Breakfast served at 9:30 am
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Location in Long Beach will be shared with registered attendees.

Guide your organization and stay on course – even through troubled waters.

Management professor Ken Perlman will help faith leaders think about the direction of their congregations and how to think strategically and lead change within organizations. He will bring his experience navigating challenges as a business consultant and a lay congregational leader in his own faith community. This session will also build upon and follow up with conversation that arise during the Jazz of Leadership session.


Assessing Your Community

Monday, October 28, 2024
10 am – 11:30 am PDT
Breakfast served at 9:30 am
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Location in Long Beach will be shared with registered attendees.

Lead your organization to meet your community’s needs.

How well does your congregation know and engage with its neighbors and serve their needs? Learn how to conduct a community assessment from Michael Mata, director of network engagement and leadership development with TogetherLA. Mata has dedicated over three decades to designing and administering community and faith-based urban programs and directed the Transformational Urban Leadership program at Azusa Pacific Seminary.