A Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Chris Laping
Author of People Before Things
If you think about it: the Church is a 2000 year-old brand that has emerging competitive pressures and things that distract potential followers of Christ. During his tenure at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Chris Laping managed the challenge of reigniting the relevance of a 45 year-old brand. Millennials made up 87% of Red Robin’s workforce—and they were leaving to work elsewhere at an unprecedented rate! Although a different context, many lessons-learned that Chris learned from this corporate experience are highly applicable to the Church … and the recent defection of churchgoers.
In this interactive session full of storytelling, Chris will share concepts from his newly-released book, People Before Things, talk about a compelling model for enabling and activating change, and present practical ideas for building “followership.” Please join us for this first-time, exclusive book-release event!
When: Thursday, June 23, 2016, the talk begins at noon, book signing immediately afterwards.
Where: Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ, 3250 Sixth Avenue (between Adams and Steele streets), Denver, Colorado 80206, www.sixthavenueucc.org. There is on-the-street parking available around the church. You may have to walk a block or so from where you park.
RSVP here by June 21st.
Cost: This is a free event . . . just bring your own lunch!
People Before Things will be on sale for $28. A portion of the book sale proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Council of Churches.
Check out this testimonial!
“People Before Things” is a phrase that particularly resonates with clergy leadership as the wider Church wrestles with systemic changes in culture, structure and social norms. Chris Laping reminds us that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is a universal truth. Chris’ gifts for translating the tenets of leading through inevitable times of change promotes authentic conversation and the implementation of strategies that continually reminds us all that relationships are the primary vehicle through which meaningful transformation can occur. Leaders in every organization: for-profit, non-profit, secular, sacred will benefit from Chris’ expertise, experience and vision.
Chris Laping’s ability to speak to the crucial message of relational leadership has the potential to impact leaders in every sector of our society. How we lead people as human beings matters. It matters for those of us in leadership to keep in the forefront of every decision, meeting and strategy that real people with real lives and emotions, are the heart, soul and life-force of our organizations. Chris’ presentation at our clergy conference sparked a dialog that rippled from ourselves as clergy leadership to our leadership at the congregational level. This is a vital conversation for every leader, congregation and denomination.
Rev. Brigette Weier, Pastor of Faith Formation, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO.