Culture eats Strategy for BreakfastCulture eats Strategy for Breakfast

 With Rev. Jan Edmiston

January 25-30, 2016

Carnival Fascination – Jacksonville, Florida

Our congregations make plans, tweak systems, and create new endeavors in hopes of growing and thriving.  But if we do not know our congregation’s culture, our brilliant strategies fall flat.

  • Are there Mean Girls in our congregations?
  • Do we shame people who bring KFC to potlucks?
  • Do people ignore the rules about smoking in the parking lot but have an ecclesiastical fit if somebody brings coffee into the sanctuary?
  • How do we shift a culture?


Jan Edmiston
Jan Edmiston

Join presenter the Rev. Jan Edmiston to dig deeper into the cultures in which we work and play. Jan  joined RevGalBlogPals in 2005 after founding member MaryAnn McKibben Dana encouraged her to write a blog:  A Church for Starving Artists.  She has served as a pastor in Schaghticoke, NY and Alexandria, VA and she is now the Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry in The Presbytery of Chicago PCUSA.  Her family includes her spouse Fred Lyon and their three twenty-something children who all live in NYC.  She would travel all the time if she could.

Jan is also a contributor to the to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).


BE 9.0 will take place on a 5 night cruise on Carnival Fascination, departing Jacksonville, FL, on Monday, January 25, and returning Saturday, January 30, 2016. We will have stops at Half Moon Cay and Nassau, the Bahamas.

The Big Event will provide 20 Contact Hours (2 CEUs), as well as plentiful time for rest, recreation and “galship.” 


RevGals on the aft deck at a past Big Event
RevGals enjoy galship on the aft deck at a past Big Event

A double occupancy cabin will be $545 per person for an interior stateroom or $595 per person for oceanview. Singles will also be available at a cost of $775 interior or $895 oceanview.

Items covered by the Big Event fee include: accommodations, dining, snacks, shipboard gratuities, entertainment and recreational activities on board ship.                       

Items not covered by above charges include: transportation to and from the Port of Jacksonville, optional shore excursions and personal spending.

Payment Schedule

Click here to register at Eventbrite by making your registration deposit of $250.  The balance (amount dependent on cabin) will be due October 16, 2015.

Registration will be limited to 40. 

Due to popular demand and a long waiting list, registration has been increased to 50.

Questions? Please email RevGals Director Martha Spong at revgalblogpals at gmail dot com.

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