Dealing Effectively with Antagonists in Your Church (Metropolitan Community Churches)


Dealing effectively with antagonists requires knowledge and courage. This webinar will provide the knowledge and help you grow in your understanding of how to prevail over antagonism. You will learn how to identify and eliminate antagonism in your church, and how to recognize the difference between healthy and destructive conflict.

This webinar is led by Rev. Dr. Lea Brown and Sarah-Helen Land. Ordained in 1996, Lea has served as a pastor in MCC for the past 12 years and has been the Senior Pastor at MCC of the Palm Beaches since 2011. Sarah-Helen Land is a voice teacher and performer who also has 10 years of experience in social work with severely emotionally disturbed individuals. After eight years as a clergy family together in MCC, they have learned the hard way that knowledge and understanding of antagonism is essential for survival, effectiveness and joy in ministry.

Recommended reading: Antagonists in the Church, by Kenneth C. Haugk

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Confirmation in the 21st Century (Practical Resources for Churches)


What are theological and practical roles of confirmation in the life of a young person and the Church? The way in which young people are being prepared for their life in the church apparently does not produce committed members; it has been estimated that at least 50% of those confirmed drop out of active church membership. Explore a brief history of confirmation, the faith development of adolescents, and a process for developing your own confirmation program (or using a published curriculum) that invites transformation and discipleship.

About the instructor: Sharon Ely Pearson is an editor and Christian Formation Specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI) with experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of the variety of published curricula across the church, she has also had her hand in the birthing of several books including “Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People” (2012), “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century” (2014), “Marked for Mission: Youth in Action” (2014) and “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: Challenging the Epidemic of Gun Violence” (2015). A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian, she lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband John, a 17.5 lb. cat named Shadow, and Chobe, a 2-year-old, tennis-ball-fetching, rescue black lab. They have two adult children, both teachers in the Hartford Public Schools.

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Let’s Kill Sunday School (Practical Resources for Churches)


The decline of Sunday School possibly creates the opportunity to go “back to the future” and create a significantly more holistic model of faith formation than the present age-segregated “drop off” model. What happens when you combine the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child in a creative caring conversation around issues of faith and life every week in church and most every night in most every home? Deuteronomy 6 (when you lie down and when you rise) combines with Acts 2 (they met in homes and in temple) in a new experiment of Cross+Generational Faith Formation with Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim.

About the instructor:  Dr. Rich Melheim is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a BA in Journalism, an M.Div. in Theology, and a DMIN in Semiotics and the Future. Rich has invested his ministry in creating education systems that pull parents into the core of children, youth and family systems “every night in every home.” He is the founder and initiating force behind Faith Inkubators, FAITH5, and The Cross+Gen Movement. He is the author of two dozen books including “Let’s Kill Sunday School Volumes 1 and 2,” and “Holding Your Family Together.”

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Writing Grants for Faith-Based Organizations (The Episcopal Church


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This on-demand webinar will provide participants a step-by-step process in effective grant writing and techniques for creating a narrative budget. Participants will explore religious and secular funding sources for congregational programs. Sample grants will be provided at the participants’ request.

About the instructor: The Rev. Daniel Velez Rivera is passionate about establishing faith communities with and for all people. His vocational ministry includes integrating Latinos into the Episcopal Church, church planting, and redeveloping congregations. He is the Vicar of Saint Gabriel’s ~ San Gabriel Episcopal Church, a dual language (English-Spanish), multigenerational and multiethnic congregation in Leesburg, VA (Diocese of Virginia).

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Proclaiming the Good News in a Digital Age (Loyola University)


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Practical resources for media ministry or digital ministry abound, but in exploring Internet-mediated communication for ministry, we face a more fundamental question: What is the theological foundation for engaging in ministry in the digital realm? How might we articulate a solid theological foundation for ministry that serves us for proclaiming the Good News in a digital age? Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, professor of Liturgy, Catechesis, and Evangelization, discusses the use of various media in the Christian tradition for communicating faith.

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Meditation and Mindfulness for Everyone (Spiritual Directors International)


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Why meditate? You may have heard how meditation and mindfulness practices can offer scientifically verifiable benefits for your physical and spiritual health. Meditation benefits include reduction in stress; improved psychological, emotional, and physical well-being; as well as increases in compassion and altruistic behaviors. Beyond the scientific benefits—and more importantly for many seekers and spiritual companions—meditation fosters an openness of mind and heart that can be transformative, making room for spiritual growth.

Through his work with college students, creative artists, and writers, Sean Murphy has developed an inclusive, non-denominational approach to these powerful tools, which can be put into practice by anyone—including you and the people you spiritually companion.

Presenter: Sean Murphy

 

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Welcoming People with Disabilities into Christ’s Church (Presbyterian Outlook)


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Jesus calls us to draw in people from the margins of our communities, but the attitudes in our congregations may communicate fear or pity rather than the welcome of true belonging. We have built ramps into our churches. Have we built inclusive relationships?

In this on-demand webinar we will talk about stages of changing attitudes. We will hear the story of a church making small changes that have made a big difference in the life of a family. We will see how making one church ministry more inclusive can become a gateway for people to experience the gospel. We will begin the conversation for you to continue that practice of invitation in your church and community.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss attitudes in congregations that may be barriers to relationships with people impacted by disability.
  • Explore adaptive practices in ministries of worship, learning, mission and fellowship.
  • Identify an existing church ministry that could be adapted to include people with developmental disabilities.
  • Use resources (in the community, online and in print) to help equip leaders and volunteers to include people of all abilities in congregational life.

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About the instructor: Evelyn Worth McMullen has more than 30 years of experience in Christian education ministry, with a special focus on reaching out to the special-needs community. She developed Bright Threads Ministries, an organization that shows churches how to weave people of all abilities into the fabric of congregational life.


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Songwriting with the Psalms (Presbyterian Outlook)


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This on-demand webinar focuses on the spirituality of the Psalms and the value of sung prayer. Guided by psalmist Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, you’ll soak in three delicious Psalm texts and write a simple community song for each of them: a song of celebration, a song of wonder and a lament.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Engage in a short study of Psalms 13, 100 and 23.
  • Learn the value of the Psalms for your worship context and in devotional practice.
  • Create three songs reflecting on your experience of the psalm texts.
  • Be connected to websites and books for further creativity.

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About the instructor: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan is a full-time psalmist resourcing the wider church with adventurous community songs. His music has been published across denominations, including two pieces in the “Glory to God” hymnal. Richard lives in Strawberry Point, Iowa, with his wife Trish and teen son Sam.


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The Dazzling Tonic of Silence (Presbyterian Outlook)


This on-demand webinar is helpful to anyone who feels busy, overwhelmed or burdened. If you are feeling like you want more time and spaciousness, this is the webinar for you. Silence is, indeed, the most straightforward route to insight. We know insight to mean deep understanding, perception and acumen. But dig deeper and you discover that the word comes from the archaic Scottish insicht: furniture or household goods. It was legal terminology found in documents and records in Scotland’s archives. That’s amazing!

This on-demand webinar can help you recover the dazzling and amazing power of silence, and give cleaner access to your God-given insight.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Be given practical steps to take in order to invite more spaciousness into stressful situations or interactions.
  • Understand that the power of silence will actually “buy” you more time and an increased ability to achieve your goals, even when you feel barraged by too much media and too many obligations.
  • Recognize the ways you may have avoided silence and acknowledge the cultural distaste for silence.
  • Come away having learned and felt the necessity for silence in your life.

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About the instructor:  Charlotte Matthews is associate professor in The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at The University of Virginia. She is author of three books of poetry including “Whistle What Can’t Be Said,” and is launching Whistle Words, which offers writing workshops in hospitals and churches to women impacted by cancer. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband Albert Connette (who is the pastor of Olivet Presbyterian Church), her two teenage children and a big galumphy black Labrador.


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