Upcoming Programs

The Nicholas Center hosts a variety of programs for leading well. Living Compass Community Wellness Advocacy Trainings and Fierce Conversations are our cornerstone programs we offer multiple times over the year. 

Living Compass Community Wellness Advocate Training

2019 dates: October 3-5; November 7-9 (Parent and Teen Training)

Wellness ministries are an ideal way to enhance congregational vitality. The Living Compass Faith & Wellness Ministry, grounded in scripture and the tradition of the church, provides resources, coaching, education, training, and support to individuals, families, and congregations as they seek to enhance their vitality and to live the abundant life God intends for them.

Become a Certified Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) so that you can enhance your congregation’s vitality by beginning or expanding a wellness ministry in your church. You will be trained in a variety of educational, small group, coaching, and retreat resources for adults, teens, parents, and families. These trainings are for people committed to integrating faith and wellness in their own lives and to helping others to do the same. Lay and clergy leaders are all welcome to attend. Congregations are encouraged to send several people to be trained together whenever possible.

Healing and wellness ministries are central in the ministry of Christ and of the church. Living Compass helps congregations offer ministries of wholeness and wellness to their members, as well as to people in their surrounding communities. Come to a Living Compass training to learn and plan how to use Living Compass materials in your ministry location. Become trained to facilitate small group wellness sessions and lead wellness classes on a breadth of wellness topics in your community, including adult, parent, and teen wellness. Meet and learn from others from around the country who are increasing the vitality of their congregations and communities by offering a variety of wellness opportunities.

Learn more and register online. For more information, contact Edith Everly via email.

College for Congregational Development



The College of Congregational Development is a comprehensive training program that originated in the Diocese of Olympia in Western Washington. It seeks to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership.

The College is a two-year program that includes readings, homework, presentation, working in teams, the completion of a content exam and the completion of two back-home projects. Because the College seeks to improve the way that leaders function in congregations, congregations are strongly encouraged to send clergy-lay teams to the College. Visit the CCD website to learn more.