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.

Do you have a webinar discount code from Mark Blankenship in Advancement? Click HERE!

Please register by 10 a.m. the day before the webinar. A link to the webinar will be emailed 24 hours prior to the webinar. Late registrants are not guaranteed live participation; a link to view recorded presentation will be available within approximately one week of the presentation.

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

2020-2021 Webinar Series

Congregational Conflict
Rev. Dr. Aimee Moiso
October 17, 2020 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Conflict and division within a congregation can lead to anxious moments for preachers.  In this webinar, Dr. Moiso will ask the hard questions about how preachers should handle these moments, explore assumptions about conflict and envision opportunities that conflict presents for the preacher.

Rev. Dr. Aimée Moiso is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  She recently completed her PhD. In homiletics and liturgics at Vanderbilt University.  Her dissertation focused on the challenges and possibilities of preaching in times of polarization and division.

Imagining a New World
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
November 7, 2020 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST

In these unprecedented times, more than ever, we must have the courage to imagine a new church for a new world.  We must give ourselves permission to change and live in freedom from fear.

Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens is the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She has served as a former Dean of students at the University of Chicago and has more than 20 years of experience leading diverse teams in corporate America.

“You Cannot Serve God and Money”: Today’s Global Debt System as a Moral and Pastoral Emergency
Rev. Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn
January 23, 2021 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST

In this webinar, we will explore together how, in an era of “finance capitalism,” money is a social relationship of credit and debt that emerges from and reproduces social and material inequality and how the Church and its leaders might respond.

Rev. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn is an ordained minister, pastoral counselor, teacher, and co-founder of The Pastoral Center for Healing.  He serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling.  Rev. Rogers-Vaughn is the author of “Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age.”

365 Days of Giving: Examining Generosity and Gratitude in Complex Times
Ms. Aimée A. Laramore
February 6, 2021 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST

Join us for a robust conversation about what it means to Preach/Teach, Ask, Evaluate, and Celebrate in a continuous cycle of congregational life.  In this webinar, we will explore the interconnected nature of giving and gratitude, reflect on internal cultures and core values, and explore opportunities and approaches for a more intentional, thoughtful culture of giving. 

Ms. Aimée A. Laramore serves as Philanthropic Strategist for the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary.  She is passionate about non-profit excellence and capacity building in faith communities and the world.

Intergenerational Ministry
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove
March 20, 2021 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Ministries Across Generations is a counter-culture movement to engage in faith daily with a more holistic reality of being faithful for life.  This webinar will help us understand and learn the importance of including all ages in various faith encounters, how to engage intentionally in intergenerational worship, learning and mission.

Rev. Dr. Olivia Updegrove, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has worked with children, youth, and young adults at various stages of her ministry and has a deep passion for biblical education for all ages as a foundation for deeper spiritual growth.

Leadership in a Multicultural World
Rev. Lori Tapia
April 24, 2021 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

As we live and serve in an increasingly globalized world, the need for leadership that can inspire and unite across diverse cultural, linguistic, and contextual differences becomes more critical.  This webinar will offer practical tools for expanding leadership in multicultural settings, as well as developing cultural intelligence vs. cultural competence. 

Rev. Lori Tapia is the National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She is a church planter, author, and speaker with more than 25 years of bi-national experience in the administration and development of community, family, and social service programs.

Dinner Church
Rev. Rachel Nance Woeler & Rev. Tim Kim
May 22, 2021 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Have you wondered what the term “Dinner Church” means and if it could be a way your congregation could?  In this webinar, we will explore some ways dinner church is being practiced around the country.  We will learn how to start a dinner church, receive examples of worship liturgies, and hear about the impact worshiping in the context of a meal can have in shaping communities of faith. 

Rev. Rachel Nance Woehler currently serves as the Transitional West Area Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.  She is a co-convener of Potluck Church in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Rev. Tim Kim is the co-founder and lead pastor of Root and Branch Church in the Illinois/Wisconsin region.  Originally from Southern California, he has made Illinois his home for over a decade.