Track One: Writer/Preacher/Composer Clinic Led by a local playwright, director and editor, we will spend the morning at the Woody Guthrie Center studying Guthrie’s writing and cultural influence. Then, using his work as a spring board, we will work on our own writing and communication skills including preaching, songwriting and creative writing. In the afternoon, songwriters will have the chance to visit Saied Music Company and use their studio space to compose while others practice preaching and creative writing.
Track Two: Yes, And… Using Improv in Leadership Led by Tulsa’s own Comedy Parlor Improv Troop, we will learn the art of improv and study its impact on our ability to build relationships, resolve conflict, lead in challenging circumstances and build a creative culture within our congregations. Respected schools such Duke, MIT and UCLA are offering improv courses to teach leadership and adaptability to students in ways the traditional classroom cannot. In this track we will learn how to adapt and react to challenging people and changing circumstances in such a way that we create a common story instead of shutting each other down.
Track Three: The Spirituality of Space Led by Tulsa’s architecture community, we will tour Tulsa’s internationally known Art Deco district including several iconic churches in order to explore the beauty, creativity and story each building’s design tells. We will also explore old facilities repurposed for modern purposes and consider how they bridge the past and present. Finally, with the help of architect mentors, we will look at our own facilities, exploring what story they tell, and consider ways we could repurpose their use to better tell the story of Christ. You are invited to bring a copy of your blue prints to get the most out of this track.