“Ineffective meetings, unclear objectives, and lack of team communication result in wasting two out of every five work days per week” – Microsoft survey of 38,000 people in 200 countries, 2005

We all know what it’s like to be in a meeting that is poorly run, and none of us wants to be accused of running a meeting like that!  But most of us have never been formally trained in meeting facilitation. Fortunately, there’s help.   If you want to up your skills to be a better moderator, to run effective meetings – this webinar and workshop is for you.  Our facilitator is a nationally known trainer in meeting facilitation, who is also very familiar with how we do things in the Presbyterian Church.  Your time will NOT be wasted in either the webinars or the workshop.


This combination online and live course gives participants the skills and confidence to design and lead productive meetings. It demystifies the art of facilitation by providing an easy and practical method which participants can use to help groups more efficiently and effectively generate information, sort and make sense of gathered information, and act on information to make better decisions in a variety of settings. It is grounded in the six core competencies used by the International Association of Facilitators to certify professional facilitators around the world.

The course is appropriate for clergy, church elders and deacons, staff professionals, project leaders, volunteers, and members at all organizational levels who need to run effective meetings and achieve meaningful results.

When does the course meet? 

There will be 7 one-hour webinars on Wednesdays at 2 PM, starting September 4th, plus an in-person workshop on the Friday of our Fall leadership summit, October 25th.

What does it cost?

Presbytery is underwriting this workshop.  Cost for participating is $500, which includes all webinars, a manual of handouts, and an assessment at the in-person workshop.   Scholarships for up to $250 of the cost are available from the Commission on Ministry for pastors or session moderators who would otherwise be unable to attend.   Registration is available on the NWC website.  Deadline for registration is June 25th and is limited to the first 16 registrations. 

The dates and sessions are:

Seven Webinars:  (Wednesdays at 2 PM PDT)

1.      Wed, Sep 4 – Introduction to Facilitation Competencies

2.     Wed, Sep 11 – Planning a Meeting – Purpose, Scope, and Workgroup/Committee Set up

3.     Wed, Sep 18 – Facilitation Tools and Methods

4.     Wed, Sep 25 – Agenda Building

5.     Wed, Oct 2 – Meeting Facilitation – Logistics and Meeting Management Tools

6.     Wed, Oct 9 – Addressing Disruptive Meeting Behavior

7.      Wed, Oct 16 – Meeting Follow Up

One in-person workshop:  Friday, October 25th,  9 AM – 4 PM at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Shoreline.

Ruth Nicholson

Ruth Nicholson

Read full description of workshop and webinars. 

Facilitator: Ruth Nicholson, Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC

Limited Registration: Registration will be limited to the first 16 participants. Limited space still available. Please call the Presbytery office (425-355-0922) to register.