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The Flock

Asset Thinking? What's That?

Looking for a pathway grounded in positive forward movement for
transformation in your neighborhood, service group, congregation,
organization using the gifts and strengths of all?

This four-week course is a brief introduction to simple yet profound practices, emerging through Asset-based Community Development and Appreciative Inquiry, which have strengthened organizations for deep impacts for more than 30 years. From education to medicine; from corporations to small neighborhood groups; from industry to local congregations, utilizing these principles and practices fosters new ways of inventive thinking, creative collaboration and positive transformation. 


Taught by Lynne B. Caldwell, D.Min., educator and administrator, this course explores four questions as signposts for leaders and groups longing to build upon existing strengths while pursuing unlimited possibilities for developing thriving communities and neighborhoods.


WHY asset-based thinking and practices?

WHERE are the assets and how can we find them?

HOW do we connect the assets?

WHAT’S the next step?




Early Bird Registration: $100 (ends Monday, April 25, 2022)

Regular Registration: $125 (ends May 4, 2022 at noon)

CEU’s: $10


Opening Scripture and Prayer

Presentation About the Focus Question for Each Week

Breakout Room Conversations and Large Group Discussions

Weekly activity, exercise or practice to engage between classes 

Closing Reflection and Prayer

If you have any questions, please contact Dina Helderman.

0.5 (1/2) Clergy/Ministerial Professional CEU available

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About the Instructor

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Lynne Blankenship Caldwell is Vice President and Dean of Programs for Neighborhood Seminary. 


An Elder in The United Methodist Church, Lynne has more than 30 years of experiences as pastor in WNC and Virginia, district superintendent, and educator in practical theology. Working with NS weaves together lifelong passions for spiritual formation, theological education, and participation in God’s mission—making all things new, working with others for justice and equity for all people. 


Lynne delights in working with laity, especially smaller membership churches, and clergy colleagues, who yearn to grow more in love with God and their neighbors. She’s fascinated by stories of others’ life journeys, is never happier than when taking long walks in the woods, and can rarely get enough of celebrating the gifts of family and friends. Currently she is learning and practicing new rhythms for prayer and attending to what God is doing in the world. She relishes collaborating with others about creatively embodying good news in the neighborhoods of our lives. Daily, she seeks to learn more about letting go, and releasing outcomes to God’s grace. 


She completed a B.A. (Berea College, Berea, KY), M.Div. (Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY), D.Min. (Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC), and several certificates in Leadership Development.


Since 2018, she and her husband, Neill Caldwell, make their home in Winston-Salem, NC where Neill is the editor of the Stokes News, a weekly newspaper, in King, NC.

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