Creating Vital Congregations Webinars

Lexington Theological Seminary offers the Creating Vital Congregations webinar series to help equip pastors, church leaders and members alike with tools to address a wide variety of issues facing congregations today.

The cost to register is $10 per log-in.

Please register by 10 a.m. the day before the webinar. A link to the webinar will be emailed out the day before the webinar. Late registrants are not guaranteed live participation; a link to view recorded presentation will be available within one week of the presentation.

NOTE: If you would like to purchase a webinar from a previous series, please  click here.


2018-2019 Webinar Series

Financially Resourcing Your Ministry and Mission

Date:  September 25, 2018
Where:  Online
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Dr. Bruce Barkhauer
Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

Take the pain and discomfort out of your stewardship efforts by gaining an understanding of what stewardship is really all about.  Participants will come away with a biblical and theological understanding of stewardship as well as planning and programming ideas that are proven to work in congregations just like yours.  This is for both small and large congregations who want to be able to do what they believe God is calling them to accomplish.

Dr. Bruce A. Barkhauer was called as the first Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2010, after 25 years of parish ministry. Since that time he has  engaged the whole church in conversations about generosity and offered transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship.  He is the author of numerous articles, and most  recently a book of devotions, Community of Prayer (Chalice Press, 2016). He is a graduate of Ohio University (Athens) and Christian Theological Seminary.  

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Ask a Rabbi

Date:  October 30, 2018
Where:  Online
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Moshe Smolkin
Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

The Torah emphasizes the importance of asking questions. It provides us with sample questions our children might ask and offers us possible responses depending on how the question is asked and on who is asking the question. Asking questions is essential in Judaism, and we encourage our children to ask questions from a young age. Questions allow us a chance to understand a subject in new ways and from multiple perspectives. This is imperative if we are to deepen our understanding of the Holy Blessed One, of Torah, and of each other. This webinar is a chance for you to ask your questions.

Rabbi Moshe Smolkin is in his 10th year as the rabbi of Ohavay Zion Synagogue in Lexington, Ky. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Brandeis University and a M.A.T. in Mathematics  Education from Tufts University. He taught high school math before attending the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, where he interned as an  interfaith chaplain at UCLA Hospital. He also spent a year learning in Jerusalem. During the last two years of rabbinical school, he interned at Mishkon Tephilo in Venice, California. He was  ordained in 2009 and moved to Lexington with his wife, Talia.

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How to Have a Life-Giving Pastoral Sabbatical

Date:  November 10, 2018
Where:  Online
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Richter
Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

This webinar will provide a rationale for the pastoral sabbatical by rooting this “season of renewal” in the broader faith practice of Sabbath-keeping. We will examine practical tips for planning sabbatical leaves so that they benefit parishes as well pastors.  Participants will explore two sabbatical grant opportunities designed especially for pastors and funded by the Religion Division of  Lilly Endowment: Clergy Renewal Grants (renewal through rest, refreshment, and relationship-tending) and Pastoral Study Project Grants (renewal through study, contemplation, and  wisdomseeking).

Dr. Don C. Richter graduated from Davidson College (A.B.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). He served as Associate Minister of Education at Second Presbyterian Church  in Louisville and taught at Bethany Theological Seminary and Candler School of Theology. As Associate Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith,  Richter wrote Mission Trips That Matter (Upper Room Books, 2008), and with Dorothy C. Bass, co-edited Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (Upper Room Books, 2002). He resides in  Louisville, where he sings in the Highland Presbyterian Church chancel choir.

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Storytelling as Preaching

Date: January 26, 2019
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter: Rev. Cynthia Maybeck
Note: Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

Preaching is central to the work of the pastor, but how do we make the biblical story come to life? Participants in this webinar will hear biblical and personal stories and learn how to collect stories  to use in the pulpit. When we connect our personal faith story with the biblical story, our preaching improves in its authenticity and integrity.

Rev. Cindy Maybeck, founder of Spirit Story Ministry, has over three decades of experience in the pulpit. She served as pastor of multi-denominational congregations related to the American Baptist Churches, USA; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and United Church of Christ. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and master  certification from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling. She is an accomplished teacher and engaging preacher. More at www.cindymaybeck.com.

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Stewardship, Generosity, and Boundaries in Ministry

Date: February 23, 2019
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter: Dr. Yvonne Martinez Thorne
Note: Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

This webinar will focus on the importance of boundaries in the call to be effective and generous pastoral leaders in the Body of Christ. Participants will explore their overall assumptions about generous giving and living as pastoral stewards in congregations that are experiencing a myriad of challenges that impact effective giving and participation in ministry. Participants will also  identify and affirm the realities in pastoral ministry that can create personal and financial crises for clergy. The goal of this webinar will be to further equip clergy for effective pastoral leadership  s they seek to maintain healthy boundaries in their response to God’s generosity and abundance.

Dr. Yvonne Martinez Thorne is founder and CEO of Cultivating Wholeness Counseling Associates where “caring for the whole person matters.” This faith-based practice includes specialized services for ordained clergy and lay leaders, and provides secular and faith-based counseling and psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples and families of different faiths, races, and  cultures.  She served as consultant for Area Ministry and Communications for the Philadelphia Baptist Association, where she provided executive and pastoral leadership to pastors and  congregations. Dr. Martinez Thorne holds a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University.

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Empowering the Laity to Care for Pastors

Date:  March 23, 2019
Where:  Online
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Rev. Greg Alexander
Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar  

Pastors and their families are human, too! They have the same realities to deal with in their lives as do the members of their congregation. This webinar will explore healthy and unique ways laity
can help meet the needs of their pastors

The Rev. Greg Alexander is the General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky. He has been working with congregations and pastors as a member of the CCK staff  for over 25 years and brings that experience to this webinar. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member of Lexington Theological Seminary as an instructor in Congregational Systems.

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Taking the Mystery Out of Estate Planning

Date:  April 13, 2019
Where:  Online
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Dr. Gary Kidwell
Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

Estate planning is typically shrouded in complex and onerous concepts. Through this webinar, you will learn, in easy to understand terms, how to build a plan that can protect and care for your  family and witness to your faith and values.

Dr. Gary Kidwell has served as president of the Christian Church Foundation since 2003. Prior to joining the Foundation staff in 1998, he was a consultant with Church Extension and a new church pastor/developer. He is a graduate of Campbellsville College, Campbellsville, Kentucky, has a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, and completed post-graduate studies at Harvard Business School. Dr. Kidwell is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Certified Fundraising Executive

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Peacemaking in a Globalized World

Date:  May 14, 2019
Where:  Online
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Dr. Paul Alexander
Note:  Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

What is peace? What is making it? What is globalized and why does it matter? What, and who, and where is/are your world(s)? In this webinar you will discuss conflict, injustice, justice, and peacemaking with close attention to the intersectional realities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, class, and nationality.

Dr. Paul Alexander is the founder of Love for All and cofounder of Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice (PCPJ). He authored the award-winning book, Peace to War: Shifting Allegiances in the Assemblies of God and Signs and Wonders. Dr. Alexander has served on the faculties of Southwestern University, Azusa Pacific University, and Eastern University and was a visiting scholar at the University of Birmingham (UK).

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If You Miss a Webinar

If you miss a webinar in the current series you may purchase the URL for the webinar below.Enter the name of the webinar you wish to purchase in the box below and submit payment of $10. Please email Deena Ainslie (dainslie@lextheo.edu) once you’ve made the purchase and she’ll send you the URL to view the specific webinar.  The webinars can be viewed numerous times and the URL is good for 1 year.

 


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Updated: 8/7/18