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The Cross

The Cross



Spirit Alive!
Women at Prayer
A Plan for Life

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Who makes up your community?  Is it your parish or a cluster of parishes?  Is it a Bishop and the priests of the dioceses?  Or is it a formation leader and participants or lay ministers? Skills that foster communication, dialog and a sense of belonging are necessary to create a strong community with purpose or mission. When everyone feels they have a voice; everyone takes ownership in the success of the group.  Host one of our three programs to train your parish how to engage and grow leadership and action; to stay connected virtually or learn how to communicate better with each other by understanding the different personalities in your community.

Facilitated Leadership for the Parish

Bring high levels of participation to the decision-making process while cultivating the collective ideas that result in changes and generates a spirit of commitment. Getting a participatory culture to bloom takes new attitudes, tools and methods. Generate ownership, create clear goals, open lines of communication, broaden perspectives, and inspire people to adapt to their changing environment. These methods honor the diversity and integrate the contributions of all involved.


What You Will Learn:

  • Specific facilitation methods for group discussions and planning efforts that take less time, are more productive, and engage the creative spirit of participants (thereby are more fun and enjoyable).

  • Ways to design questions that help people discuss difficult and important topics respectfully and thoroughly.

  • A method for helping a group to build consensus even when there are opposing ideas to integrate.

  • How to facilitate an action planning process that makes sense, doesn’t get bogged down, and energizes a group to implement its plan.


The certificate of attendance may be used to report contact hours for continuing education credit if relevant for:

Social Workers, Mental Health Councslors, Marriage and Family Counselors, Nursing Home Administrators, Psychologists, Funeral Home Directors.



Teaming Parishes

With more than 10 years’ experience working with parishes, schools, communities and boards; Brenda engages groups in focused conversations, forming consensus and creating action plans. Effective in an infinite number of situations, inviter her to help you encourage your group to think and work together in innovative and productive ways.    The methods can be scaled to work with any size group - from one to hundreds.

Become a Virtually Connected Church

Learn to lead engaging online meetings that elicit innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.  Then there is the cost of time and money spent on travel; reducing resources available for other programs and activities.  Done well, online meetings can be as engaging and effective as face-to-face meetings.


Develop basic skills essential to virtually facilitate mettings and programs, using the tested and proven collaboration tools of Adobe Connect - a flexible virtual collaboration platform where participants can build engaging meetings through the use of electronic sticky walls, virtual breakout rooms, and a variety of pods that elicit participation.



This course is intended for anyone who is or wishes to lead virtual meetings...formation leaders, lay ministers, priests and bishops.


Experience practical, hands-on learning:

  • PRACTICE - Learn by doing.  Practice and facilitate with the rest of the class acting as participants.

  • COACHING - Receive one hour of one-on-one coaching from the instructor to refine the delivery of your practice program.

  • FEEDBACK - Receive peer and instructor feedback during practice sessions.

  • CLASSROOM - Bring your laptops to the first class to learn the basics.  Meet online for three classes to practice your new skills.

  • RESOURCES - Receive access to how-to videos, handouts and assistance from the instructor after the class ends.

Want a course designed just for your group?


Tools to Better Communicate

Parish organizations often work alongside volunteers, committees, partners, clergy and staff - creating a unique set of communication challenges. 


Everyone has a distinct temperament. Learn to identify the personality of others and gain insight as to what motivates them - powerful knowledge that will help you develop more effective communication skills and build better relationships, in and out of the parish community.


This fun and interactive workshop engages participants and helps them learn how to quickly identify their own temperament and that of others.


Participants will:

  • Discover their personal strengths.

  • Learn to recognize the strengths of others.

  • Learn how to build instant rapport with people.

  • Learn the most effective methods of speaking to different people.

  • Learn to hear what people are really saying.

  • Discover the different ways individuals process information.

  • Learn to appreciate and value the viewpoints of others.

  • Learn how to apply the principles in all areas of their lives.

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