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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Breaking the Silence and Creating a Safe Space in Our Churches
Presenter: Rev. Amy Gopp

We can no longer allow the sin of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) to occur—at any time, in any place, to anyone.  We want our congregations to be safe spaces for all. Moreover, faith leaders are often the first persons a victim of SGBV will confide in. This first contact can have a huge impact on victims. It is critical that faith leaders and communities are prepared ahead of time. This webinar focuses on understanding your role in immediate response, educating your faith community, utilizing prevention tools, and breaking the silence around SGBV.

The Rev. Amy Gopp, VP of External Relations for IMA World Health, is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with two decades of experience in faith-based relief and development. She is a passionate global activist for gender justice and a key founding leader of the interfaith We Will Speak Out U.S. coalition and campaign to end sexual and gender-based violence.


Bridging the Gap in the Intergenerational Church
Presenter: Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian
Leading a church would be so much easier if everyone liked and resonated with the same worship style and presentation of the Gospel. But each generation has its own tastes and preferred learning styles. It’s not just the music that’s changed over the years. Nothing has been left untouched. In this webinar, Dr. Tenny-Brittian will explore what it takes to effectively bridge the generations, particularly in worship.

Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian served in professional ministry for twenty years as a church planter and turnaround specialist before being invited to become the managing partner for The Effective Church Group, a full service church consulting and leadership coaching firm. He teaches evangelism and pastoral leadership for the Mid-America Center for Ministry and is the author of eight books, including Hitchhikers’ Guide to Evangelism and Prayer for People Who Can’t Sit Still.


Creative Worship for Smaller Churches

Presenter: Rev. David Ray

Worship in smaller churches is both a challenge and an opportunity. In a congregation where most of the members know everyone else worship can be crafted particularly for those people present. Worship tailored to the small congregation will call forth and use the gifts of the people present and speak compellingly to the needs and possibilities of their lives. In this webinar, Dr. Ray will help participants become more creative – in ways only they can – with the worship they design and facilitate.

Dr. David Ray is a United Church of Christ clergy person with over 40 years’ experience as a pastor of small churches from coast to coast. He has provided program leadership concerning small churches for people across the nation. Dr. Ray is the author of several widely used books on smaller churches, including Wonderful Worship in Smaller Churches, The Indispensible Guide for Smaller Churches, and Smaller Churches: Real Possibilities for Hard Times. He serves as visiting minister for an ex-patriate church in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


How to Survive and Thrive as an ElderPresenter: Rev. Bill McDonald

A refresher course for old hands and a how-to class for fresh recruits to the Eldership, this practical workshop will give helpful ideas on fulfilling one’s role as an Elder. From preparation to prayer, from the Lord’s Table to the hospital room, from shepherding to servanthood, from the how to the why, through stories and scripture this webinar will offer a broad scope and detailed information for elders in churches large or small.

Rev. Bill McDonald, a retired pastor with fifty years’ experience with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has served churches in Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana, retiring from Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington, KY. He is a Disciples of Christ representative on the national Stone-Campbell Dialogue. Rev. McDonald also helped found Habitat For Humanity affiliates in Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana.


Organizing for Social Impact
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Presenter:
Dr. William Barber II

Explore some of the historical and modern-day models for building transformative moral movements and how we might re-engage and re-shape them in order to support freedom movements today. In this webinar, Dr. Barber will advocate for the reclamation of deeply-held ethical values and will offer suggestions about reaching a critical mass of people in order to build an effective social movement. Individuals and congregations alike will benefit from the insights shared here.

Rev. Dr. William Barber II is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Fusion movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. Rev. Barber is a highly sought after speaker who has spoken at hundreds of national and state conferences since being elected President of the N.C. Conference of NAACP Branches in 2005. His latest book is The Third Reconstruction
(Beacon Press, 2016).


Youth Ministry in Small Churches

Presenter:
Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning

Explore the how, the why, and the mission-focused purpose of starting and developing a youth ministry in a smaller church.  This webinar will focus on healthy ways to start a new youth ministry program, as well as some common pot holes that can derail startups in small churches. You will also learn about structures and schedules that work better in small churches with fewer volunteers. Rev. Spangler-Dunning will share his first-hand knowledge of what it takes to develop, structure, and lead a youth ministry program and make it last.

Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning presently serves as the Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest. He also has served as youth minister in several congregations, as the West Area Youth Coordinator in Kentucky, and as Associate Regional Minister in the Upper Midwest. He is a founding member of the Disciples Youth Ministry Network (DYMN), and has authored the youth ministry resource curriculum titled “Revolutions: Finding New Ways to Talk to Youth About Issues Revolving Around the World.”


Congregational and Pastoral Care by Laity

Presenter:
Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Laity are key care-givers in every congregation. Gain more pastoral care skills and assessment tools that you can call upon in those moments when someone needs care from you. In this webinar, Dr. Park-Hearn will introduce a range of situations for which congregational members might seek care, and identify the skills and tools that will help you respond. In addition, she will address theological commitments that ground pastoral care and the importance of self-care.

Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn, is adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at Lexington Seminary and Seattle University. As the Director of Clinical Services at the Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy in Claremont, CA, she helped coordinate a homeless shelter and a transitional program for paroled women.  Her ministry also has included work as Pastor of Community Life at Holliston UMC and as President of  Transgeneration Ministry.


Deacon’s Workshop
Presenter: Rev. James Trader

What does it mean to be a Deacon?  How can an energized Diaconate promote congregational vitality?  Drawing upon the history of the Diaconate in the Christian Church (DOC) and the New Testament descriptions of the characteristics and duties of Deacons, we will seek to understand some of the historical AND present-day roles of this important lay ministry.

A veteran of church publishing, lay leadership training, and especially Deacon training, the Rev. James Trader has been an active leader in Disciples’ life for many years.  Having served as an LTS staff member for 16 years, he is now the Curator of The Cane Ridge Meeting House, near Paris, Kentucky.  His grasp of history and continuing interest in the emerging DOC landscape combine to make him a knowledgeable presenter for this workshop on the role of the Diaconate.


Leading a Missional Church
Presenter: Dr. Pablo Jimenez

Building on the “missional church” concept, this webinar will explore ways to develop a clear vision for “doing church” – which could be the basis for a fresh mission and ministry strategy for your church. Our overall aim is to help church leaders learn to motivate their congregations toward engaging the culture in relevant ways with the message of the Gospel.

Dr. Jimenez has served as the National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries of the Christian Church (DOC) in the United States and Canada. He has taught throughout the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean at Lexington Theological Seminary, the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Princeton  Theological Seminary, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Universidad Teologica del Caribe, and the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. He currently serves as Pastor of the Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) in Espinosa, Dorado, Puerto Rico.


Tending Hope:  The Church’s Mission with Our Aging Population
Presenter: Rev. Joby Brown & Rev. Joan Schlesing

What is the churches’ response to the growing number of older adults who are seeking wholeness and purpose in their lives? This webinar will discuss  theological and practical issues for this significant population, and it will offer some ideas about engaging older adults in the mission of the Church.  Based on their experience and research, our Chaplains will help us explore some of the vast, rich opportunities available to individuals and congregations.

Dr. Joby Brown and Dr. Joan Schlesing are Board Certified Chaplains with the Association of Professional Chaplains. After varied careers multiple  faith-based ministries, both are now Staff Chaplains with Christian Care Communities of Kentucky. Brown specializes in work with older adults in  independent living and is a frequent presenter in the areas of spirituality, healthcare, and the congregational care of older adults. Schlesing’s expertise extends to seniors living independently and in skilled nursing care, with significant work focused on seniors who have dementia-related illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease.


Creative Worship for Diverse Congregations
Presenter: Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Worship is a joyous, artistic opportunity to celebrate the Reign of God in congregational life – making worship both a celebration and a call to change!  The development of multiracial, multicultural communities of faith is one of the strongest defenses against the racial/ethnical tensions in our nation. By using the many cultural languages of our people and a variety of art – music, dance, drama, puppetry, and visual arts – we can include and inspire everybody and punctuate the message! This webinar will suggest strategies for multivocal worship planning, as you celebrate the gifts of racial  and cultural diversity in your community.

Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church, a multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City – and she is the first African-American and woman to serve in that position among the Collegiate churches. Ordained as a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, she is a graduate of Drew University and Princeton Seminary; and she preaches and teaches nation-wide on the power of multicultural and multiracial congregations to address racism and discrimination. Dr. Lewis is the Co-Founder of The Middle Project, which is preparing to host its tenth annual  conference designed to train faith leaders for the building of multiracial congregations.


Hitchhiker’s Guide to Evangelism:  A Fresh Look
Presenter: Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian

Mention the “E” word and toes curl and stomachs knot. Say it in church and pastors turn ashen, and the laity melt into the walls. In 2008, Bill Tenny-Brittian’s Hitchhikers’ Guide to Evangelism was published by Chalice Press in an effort to redeem the word and provide evangelism tools that won’t  embarrass you, your friends, or the church. Dr. Tenny-Brittian will join us to share what he’s learned since his book was first published and to field our questions about how evangelism works in a post-Christian culture.

Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian served in professional ministry for twenty years as a church planter and turnaround specialist before being invited to become the managing partner for The Effective Church Group, a full service church consulting and leadership coaching firm.  He teaches evangelism and pastoral leadership for the Mid-America Center for Ministry and is the author of eight books, including Hitchhikers’ Guide to Evangelism and Prayer for People Who Can’t Sit Still.


Transforming Conflict:  Dealing with Difficult People in Your Congregation
Presenter: Dr. Mark Sundby

Every congregation has them – individuals who challenge your personal and professional skills to the fullest. This webinar will help clergy and laity to identify, analyze, and manage difficult personalities and behaviors. Participants will learn how some of their own coping skills may affect the  dynamics and outcomes of conflict situations.

Dr. Mark Sundby is a licensed psychologist and ordained pastor in the Wisconsin Conference of the  United Methodist Church. His psychology degree is from the University of Minnesota and his divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.  He has served local congregations, has worked in university counseling centers, and has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, he is Director of the North Central Ministry Development Center in New Brighton, Minnesota, and leads ministry workshops across America.


Leading an Interesting Private Life (When Your Public Life is Ministry)
Presenter: Dr. Mary Honstead

In this webinar we will explore what it means to lead an interesting private life when you’re a clergy person. What are the barriers that make this difficult? What specific areas might be included in such an interesting life? What are the benefits for you? Leading an interesting private life is about discovering and spending time with sources of nourishment and joy. These moments in turn will sustain us and allow us to bring a greater ease and wholeness to our ministry.

Dr. Mary Honstead has worked as a counseling psychologist in community mental health agencies, college counseling offices and in private practice.  For the past 19 years, she has worked at North Central Ministry Development Center in the Twin Cities. She enjoys helping clergy and other church professionals cope with the high stress levels that come with serving as compassionate caregivers and role models in the community. Since she is married to a United Methodist minister, she understands first-hand the complexity of the pastoral role.