Creating Vital Congregations Webinars
Practical Help for Laity and Clergy
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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.