Eric ByrdDirector of Worship & Media at Frederick Church of the Brethren
Eric Byrd is the Director of Worship & Media at Frederick Church of the Brethren. He has a Masters in Ministry: Leadership degree, as well as an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Music. He is the director of the gospel choir at Messiah University and has been on church staff on and off for most of the last 30 years.
His podcast is “Attention to Detail with Eric Byrd”, co-hosted with his son Jason.
His consulting company is VIP Consulting: Leadership Done Well, where he partners with churches and faith-based institutions to assist in organizational change.
Natolie WarrenPsychotherapist, Personal Development Strategist, Minister
As an international speaker, global trainer, and psychotherapist, Natolie has a passion for supporting leaders in personal and professional development. Natolie has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology; she has been a licensed professional therapist for 12 years. Further, she has been in church leadership for over 20 years and has been a licensed minister for 9 years.
Leveraging her clinical and spiritual backgrounds, Natolie developed a personal development curriculum to support ministry leaders to work on themselves and be more preventive, which ultimately affects their ability to lead others. She has facilitated this training to over 300 leaders in her local church and presented twice at WFX Conference & Expo in 2018 and 2019. Natolie strongly believes that emotionally healthy leaders thrive.
A Change of Mind, A Change of Women In Leadership
Women have contributed much to the ministry of the Church throughout its history. However, their role in this area has never been free from controversy. According to research, women make up two-thirds of the church and only one-tenth of the leadership. The representation of women in church leadership enriches leaders and helps members on multiple levels. Join Natolie Warren, ministry leader and psychotherapist, and Eric Byrd, worship pastor, college instructor and leadership consultant, in a unique conversation about the challenges, opportunities and paradigm shifts necessary for women to create space to be leaders, and the impact this has on the Church.
What you’ll gain from this session:
- Explore the paradigm shifts of women in ministry over the last 50 years, the overall challenges and how it has impacted the Church
- Gain a greater awareness of women in leadership from both a woman’s and a man’s perspective
- Understand the effects of allowing women to excel in church leadership positions on the mental health and wellbeing of all church members, including other church leadership
- Identify ways to support and increase the visibility and impact of women ministry leaders