A growth opportunity for associate pastors, deacons, and all who serve in the local church.

Inspired by the book of the same name, Thriving in the Second Chair is an event featuring church leadership expert and keynote speaker Mike Bonem. Second chair leaders carry important responsibilities but are ultimately not the ones in charge, making it easy to feel frustrated and burned out. Thriving in the Second Chair will equip you with the skills and tools necessary to play integral roles in your local church. Local church leaders will learn to focus on the ways they can think and act differently in order to cultivate a thriving ministry.

April 9-11, 2018 at Lake Junaluska, NC.
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Save 35% on lodging if you register before March 10!

Hear from Mike Bonem

Topics include:

Leading from Your Giftedness: Finding Your Niche and Communicating Your Role to the Congregation (Track #1)

Spirituality for Ministry (Track #2)

Setting Boundaries (Track #3)

The Relationship with the Senior Pastor and Your Relationship with Staff (Track #4)

Plus a Q&A and book signing with Mike Bonem!

When you register, you will be asked to select which workshops you would like to attend. You can choose 2 of the 4 workshops above.

Additional Details:

Cost: $179.00 program fee, per person

1.5 CEU’s

Reserve lodging at the Terrace Hotel by calling 800-222-4930. Save 35% on lodging if you register before March 10! Mention that you are coming for Thriving in the Second Chair.

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Meet Our Thriving Faculty

Mike Bonem

This three-day event will feature Mike Bonem, a consultant, coach, author, speaker, husband and father. He offers a unique mix of world-class consulting and executive leadership experience to help churches, ministries, and their leaders turn vision into results. For a full bio, click here.

Mary Henley

Mary Bendall Henley is an ordained Elder in the North Alabama Conference of the UMC and is in her 17th year of full time pastoral ministry. Mary is a Gallup-Certified Strength Development Coach, and has worked for ten years with individuals and groups on strengths-based development, utilizing Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder. She has worked with individuals, teams, clergy, laity, denominational leaders, as well as non-profit organizations, business and government. Mary holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in leadership development and serves as Senior Pastor at Helena United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

Patty Muse

Patty Muse is a lifelong United Methodist who physically grew up in the Louisiana Annual Conference and who spiritually grew up in the Holston Annual Conference.  She is currently serving Munsey UMC in Johnson City, Tennessee, as one of four Associate Pastors, and her ministry emphases are discipleship and outreach.  Patty cannot remember a time when God was not a very real presence in her life, yet she admits she has to exercise intentionality when it comes to the disciplines that keep her connected to our Source of life.

Glenna Manning

Glenna is a native Knoxvillian and graduate of Farragut High School. She earned a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Business Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After enjoying nearly 20 years as a Business and Information Technology instructor, Glenna felt called to the vocation of ministry. She received her MA in Christian Ministries-Servant Leadership from Asbury Technological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Glenna is an ordained deacon in the Holston Conference and currently serves as the Minister of Discipleship at Concord. She is married to Robin and they have two adult children.