Keynotes, Consulting and Coaching


Everyone on our team is open to the possibility of speaking at your event. We can develop a keynote for your context on any of the following topics:

  • Motivating Change When Everyone is Exhausted -- with Marj Funk-Pihl.

    • Isaiah hears God say "Behold I am doing a new thing! Can you see it?" Leaders often see what God is up to -- but can't get their people excited about it!  Discover what it takes to motivate people to change and how you can lead through a transition with minimal resistance. ​

  • Embracing God’s Future without Forgetting the Past -- with Michael Girlinghouse  

    •  A conversation about grief, loss, nostalgia and congregational life. Most congregations can remember a time in the past when there were families and children in full pews.  We will learn how to work through our grief over the loss of the “glory days” and learn how we can draw strength, courage and vision for the future from our memories of days gone by. 

  • Grief and Growth - with Michael Girlinghouse

    • Learn more about the grief process and how we can work through our experiences of loss in healthy ways that can lead to personal growth.

  •  Overcoming Comfort to Experience the Blessing of Complexity--with Marj Funk-Pihl

    • God created a world full of diversity -- yet we tend to seek out people who look and sound just like us.  Discover why we are hardwired for sameness, and learn how to help your brain rewire itself to recognize that different is not the same as dangerous.  ​​

  • Creative Tension - with Michael Girlinghouse

    • Wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, there will be differences of opinion, disagreement and a diversity of perceptions and experiences.  Guaranteed.  The question is not whether or not there is conflict in congregational life, but how we work through the inevitable conflicts that arise and use them creatively to strengthen and grow our ministries.


The Rev. Dr. Marj Funk-Pihl offers the following services to strengthen the vitality of congregations:

  • Mission Exploration Process: a five session process to help you and your leadership team discern where your congregation can join what God is up to in your neighborhood. 

  • Train the Trainer -- you and your team are trained to guide your congregation (or a group of congregations) through the 18-month Living the Resurrection process. 

  • You and Pastor Marj work to design, implement and evaluate a process specific to your context.

  • Pastor Marj evaluates your existing vitality process and makes recommendations for improvements

The Rev. T. Conrad Selnick is available to work with congregations, or organizations. 


The 18-month vitality processes includes coaching both during the implementation of the process and for 3 sessions afterward.  Coaching after the 1 day workshops can be arranged.