11th Annual CMU Leadership Institute
featuring: Reverend Molly Phinney Baskette

Date:  April 26, 2018
Place: Central Methodist University, Inman Student & Community Center
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 (including lunch and materials)

Reverend Molly Phinney Baskette, Senior Minister at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, will present “Faith, Finances and Wholeheartedness” at the 11th Annual Leadership Institute at Central Methodist University.

Reverend Baskette will offer insights from her book “Real Good Church”. Morning and afternoon sessions will offer creativity, insight, and experience in the gentle art of revitalizing a church. The program will include topics like outreach and growth strategies, finances and giving, the central place of personal testimony and corporate prayer practices, church conflict and change, anxiety and laughter, and much more–all treated with humor and offering real, practical, immediate steps for getting started.

About Molly:

Since 2003, Molly has been the Senior Minister of First Church Somerville UCC, in Somerville, Massachusetts. Under her guidance, the church was transformed from a struggling congregation with a few dozen worshipers into a vibrant community with a fivefold increase in membership and sevenfold increase in pledging.

She is also a writer for the Still Speaking Devotional, an online daily devotional of the United Church of Christ, and the author of several books including Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can Too and Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession. Her writings have made her a popular speaker and consultant. She was the preacher for the opening worship service at the recent General Synod 2015 (the national meeting of the United Church of Christ) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Molly shares her life with husband Peter and children Rafael (ªRafe”), who’s 13, and Carmen, who’s 9. Because of her commitments to her current church and her family, Molly began her ministry at First Congregational Church of Berkeley May 1, 2016.