World Cafe Model Training


World Cafe is a flexible and effective model for hosting crucial conversations leading to action with groups of all sizes on varying topics and issues - from strategic planning to engaging groups in civil discourse around polarizing topics.  The workshop will provide an overview of the World Cafe model, including the seven design principles, as well as practical suggestions on hosting a World Cafe in your church or community. 

There are three opportunities for church leaders, clergy and laity, to participate in The World Cafe:

  • Thurs, Oct 24 | 10:00 - 2:00 | Asheville (lunch included)
    @ Biltmore UMC, 376 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.  Cost is $25.
  • Tues, Dec 3  | 10:00 - 2:00 | Winston-Salem (lunch included)
    @ Mount Tabor UMC, 3543 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Cost is $25.
  • Mon, Feb 24 | 1:00 - 4:00 | Huntersville
    @ WNCC Office, 13924 Professional Center Dr, Ste 200, Huntersville, NC 28078. Cost is $25.

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Sponsored and underwritten by the WNC Leadership Development Team

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