Preaching in the Purple Zone Workshops


1-Day Entry-Level Training for Moderators

Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
How can we talk with people who differ from us politically, theologically, or culturally? Are there ways we can engage issues of public concern in our congregations so that we can listen, respect, and learn from each other?

This one-day entry-level training  is designed to equip clergy and laity with the basics to facilitate deliberative dialogue in the “The Purple Zone”. The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, author of “Preaching in the Purple Zone” and the 2021 Orders & Fellowship presenter, and trained facilitators have developed this one-day entry-level training for deliberative dialogue.


What is Deliberative Dialogue?

Deliberative dialogue is a form of civil discourse that brings people together from diverse experiences and viewpoints to share their concerns about a topic, weigh the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches to the issue, discern their shared values, and suggest steps for moving forward.

Deliberative dialogue is an opportunity to listen deeply and share openly and respectfully.  In this way, we can build community together, even when there are strongly held opinions from many perspectives.


  • Times for each: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
  • Cost for the one-day training is $10


  • Strategies and tactics for effectively moderating a deliberative dialogue in your congregation.
  • How you can help your church move beyond divisiveness to a gospel-centered engagement based on shared values.
  • Tips for facilitating a balanced, open-minded discussion in your church that frames the conversation within biblical and theological perspectives.
  • How to plan and carry out a deliberative dialogue in your congregation.


Who Should Attend This Training?

Anyone — clergy or laity — who have not attended previous training or who want a refresher course in
deliberative dialogue, this training is for you! That includes CLMs, lay servants, church leaders, lay leaders, lay members, class leaders, adult/youth leaders, district networks or strategy teams.

We recommend that clergy attend the training with at least one lay leader so that they can assist and support each other in planning and moderating deliberative dialogue in their church.


Workshop Dates and Facilitators

All trainings are offered online and will take place 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time.



  • Choose from one of the four online trainings.
  • Times for each: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT (All trainings are online).
  • Training is open to clergy and church leaders.
  • Maximum of nine participants in each workshop; minimum of four.
  • CEU’s available.
  • Cost for the one-day training is $10