Participants will review MCC Bylaws as well as explore the ministry of the laity and the clergy in MCC in light of MCC’s commitment to the priesthood of all believers. This course satisfies the requirement for the LEAD certificate in MCC and is highly recommended for lay persons serving in leadership roles in MCC, including Interim Pastoral Leaders.
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In “Transforming Congregational Conflict” you’ll hear from lay leaders – and a clergyperson – who explore ways to navigate through conflict. Both Biblical and practical options are shared, as well as immediate and longer-term approaches for dealing with congregational conflict. No church is alone in journeying through difficult times, learn more about how God can use conflict to deepen and strengthen a faith community. “Transforming Congregational Conflict” is produced by Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA USA.
During the course we will practice thinking critically about social locations, power and privilege, and their effects on one’s vocational contexts as ordained clergy, and on the communities MCC serves globally.
Course Instructor: Jared Vazquez
2019 Dates and Time:
7:30-9:00 pm US Eastern time zone
October 1,8,15,22,29, Nov 5, 2019
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
This free webinar will provide an overview of the manual, some suggestions for using the manual, and testimonies from pastors who have utilized parts of the manual in Board Training.
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It is the first and the shortest of the four Gospels, as most experts believe, and if you like getting right to the point, no other writer does it quite as well as St. Mark.
The Gospel of Mark is the account of Jesus’ life and ministry that most influenced the other three gospels. In this course we’ll learn:
Who was Mark?
To whom was Mark writing?
What are the main themes in Mark?
How should Mark be read?
This course is perfect for those who are new to the Gospel, as well as those looking for a refresher course.
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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.
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.”
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).
The “problem of evil” is one of the oldest and most fundamental concerns of human existence. Since ancient times, questions surrounding evil have preoccupied every major religion, as well as many of history’s greatest secular thinkers, from early philosophers to contemporary social theorists.
Whether we view it in theological, philosophical, or psychological terms, evil remains both a deeply intriguing question and a crucially relevant global issue.
In the online course – Why Evil Exists – award-winning Professor Charles Mathewes of the University of Virginia offers you a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil—a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization’s greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject.
Covering nearly 5,000 years of human history and invoking the perspectives of many of the West’s most brilliant minds, Why Evil Exists probes intimately into how human beings have conceived of evil, grappled with it, and worked to oppose it.
With Professor Mathewes’s inspired guidance, you engage with how both individual thinkers and larger trends of thought have faced evil, studying the work of major theologians, philosophers, poets, political theorists, novelists, psychologists, and journalists. 36 lectures offer you the unique chance to approach the subject of evil through numerous lenses and to refine your view of this central question of human life, giving you a broad and deep resource for your own thought and action.