(Rev. J.C. Austin was) up to date. Very informative. Engaging.

I liked the Antidote to fear and dealing with finances in the church.

I liked the form and time to practice on setting a goal and making a play to address our concerns and needs. This will be a helpful tool to improve many situations and work on problem areas in church and personal settings. I also liked being reminded that change is often not the problem but what we are being asked to give up for a change.

Fear is powerful, and not useless – it can protect us, and help to narrow our focus. I found the “Lean Innovation” process discussion/exercise very helpful and we used it this past weekend at our Session and Staff Vision and Leadership Retreat.

Don’t be afraid! God is in charge. Friends come in all sizes and strengths.

Spiritual Direction is important. Experiencing Fear leaves us with options.

I liked JC’s treatment of the church, seminary education, future of congregations and their work and the change away from current models, looking toward the future.

The speaker addressed some real concerns of small churches, as well as the denomination “as a whole.” I appreciated the down-to-earth approach.

JC’s way of integrating real parish situations and teaching how to make it through them.