ART&GD Jon Olson

This page is a resource for those wishing to attend training classes offered by our Regional Training Director Jon Olson.

We will attempt to keep it up to date, but if anyone notices out of date material here, please let us know.

Delta Drive

Come learn how to do the Delta Church drive method. this highly effective process of growth through communication will help you go from prospects to members and answer the why of growth. We talk about the difference between online membership and the online prospect form. How we can better communicate to the prospects and how to effectively offer positive attraction to them will be discussed.

For dates:

Monday 12/15/21 at 6PM CST

Council Growth

(None planned for this month)
The presentation will help Fraternal leaders resolve to leave councils, parish, and community better than how they found it. Leader should also learn how to develop a simple, specific, year-round plan in place for growing council membership, that involves participation from the whole council. Attendees should commit to work with their pastor(s), field agent, and DD to accomplish their goals. Leaders should understand the importance of hosting regular ceremonials, incorporating recruitment into every event, and running membership drives
For dates:

12/08/21 at 6:00pm CST

Enhancing Member Experience

We will cover in this training

Understand what’s meant by the terms membership experience and membership engagement and how the two terms are related.

Complete the Council Engagement Assessment to assess their council’s strengths and weaknesses with regards to member engagement.

Understand that member engagement is the council’s responsibility. Successful council engagement leads to members having positive opinions about their membership.

Learn the five steps in the engagement cycle and how they relate to one another, ultimately leading a member to go through them again.

Discover tools that will help address deficiencies in your council’s current member engagement as based on your councils engagement score.

Understand that retention issues result when a council has failed to engage a member and show the value of his membership. These issues can be overcome by discovering where this breakdown occurred.

For dates:

12/07/21 at 6:00pm CST

You are your programs

We will cover in this training

Understand the council’s perception by fellow parishioners, particularly that of inactive members and future potential members.

Construct a council mission statement that reflects the council’s vision and goals. u Understand the Faith in Action program model and its four categories – Faith, Family, Community and Life.

Identify the council’s flagship program(s).

Access the council’s current program regimen and identify the current strengths and weaknesses among its program calendar.

Develop a calendar for the next 6-12 months that responds to the council’s mission statement and addresses some of the council’s strengths and weaknesses identified above.

Understand the Program Director’s role in leading the council’s programming efforts.

For dates:

Wednesday 12/06/21 at 6PM CST

Council Meetings


Strong councils hold good meetings that members enjoy. This training shares the best practices for hosting such meetings. In addition to guidance on how to run a good meeting, this training also provides guidance and discussion on virtual meetings and the conduct of business by virtual means.

For dates:

(None planned this month)

Council Recovery Project (CRP)

We all know that this past year has been very different and also very challenging. As Catholics, many of us have had our churches shut down for a prolonged period of time with limited opportunities to receive the sacraments. And as Knights, it’s been tough to keep up the fraternity and friendships. Also, our fundraisers and events have been affected in great ways too. Some of our councils have found ways to adapt and adjust but that hasn’t always been the case everywhere. This training will help organize and direct councils on what steps can help be more effective in you parish and community as we continue to have restrictions eased in our areas.

For dates:

(None planned this month)



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