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The Guild of Interim Religious Educators is proud to announce two linked education and training programs for religious professionals. Together, these classes comprise the GIRE Professional Interim Training Program which is designed to equip religious professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to serve congregations in transition. Registrants may take one class or both (however the first class is a prerequisite for the second).

Part Two details: Adaptive Leadership Practicum – Dates: Fridays March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1, 2022. 1:00 PM EST (2-hour class)

Deadline for registration: February 25, 2022

Cost:  $200.00 ($160.00 for GIRE Members)

If you wish to take Part One and Part Two, there is a reduction of the fee. The registration fee for both Part One and Part Two is $380 (or $304 if you are a GIRE member – members receive a 20% discount).

Learning for Part 2 includes:

  • Adaptive Leadership techniques and practica:
    – Acceleration of Change Theory (Friedman)
    – Appreciative Inquiry Technique (Cooperider, Srinivasan)
    – The View from the Balcony (Bridges)
    – Life in the Neutral Zone (Heifetz)
  • Opportunities to practice transitional leadership skills from Part 1 and Part 2.   
  • Continued exploration of unintentional bias along with the opportunity to deploy use of creative tools for recentering multiple voices within our congregations.  
  • Introduction to business applications that impact congregational behavior and change (SCRUM theory, Lean Experimentation)
  • Grief and Trauma in Ministry:
    – After-pastor congregations
    – post-traumatic stress from natural (and unnatural) disasters
    – the recovery process
  • Paving the way forward: Helping congregations get out of the box to dream again

To become a GIRE member and/or to make a payment for this course, visit or use this link:

Submit the registration form. Once you register, GIRE will send you an invoice for payment.

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Date And Time

Friday, March, 4, 2022 @ 01:00 PM to
Friday, April, 1, 2022 @ 03:00 PM

Registration End Date

Tuesday, February, 22, 2022


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