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 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.
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2019-2020 Webinar Series
We know that Jesus’ mission goes beyond eternal life to include abundant life not only for his individual followers, but through them and the communities where they dwell. However, most churches have a very limited relationship with their communities. This webinar will focus on how to deepen that relationship for greater impact. It will include both internal mechanisms and structures (how to better organize the church) and external strategies (faith-rooted approaches that allow the church to contribute its unique gifts to broader collaborative partnerships).
Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvatierra is the co-author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. She has 30 years of ordained ministry experience in the ELCA. She has over 40 years experience in church-based community development, community organizing and advocacy. She is the co-founder of the New Sanctuary Movement, the Evangelical Immigration Table, the Guardian Angels Unaccompanied Migrant Minors Project and Matthew 25/Mateo 25, a bipartisan Christian network of immigrant and non-immigrant churches.
Using Congregational Assets to Strengthen Communities
Does your congregation have a building that sits empty most of the year? Do you have a large plot of land around the church? Are there local leaders, key influencers and great storytellers in your congregation? Do you have cooks, seamstresses, contractors and grandmothers? This webinar intends to help pastors and lay leaders explore the ways the various assets of their congregations could be put to more intentional missional use. We will consider charity and volunteer work and also think of systemic changes congregations can support through grassroots coalition building, policy and structural change and racial reconciliation.
Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser is the Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning and Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at High Point University. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He joined the HPU faculty in 2011 after teaching at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. He primarily teaches Business Ethics, Educational Ethics, Christian Theology and Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation.
Touch the Wound: Drug User Harm Reduction and the Church
Since 2010, heroin overdose death rates have quadrupled in the United States. Opioid and methamphetamine use continue to rise while evidence-based treatment options remain underfunded and inaccessible to many. This webinar will address the role the church can play and what Christians can do to reduce the harms experienced by people who use drugs and their families. Examples of congregations that are showing up to support harm reduction in Appalachia, one of the regions hardest hit by the current overdose crisis, will be explored.
Hillary Brown is the executive director of Steady Collective (www.thesteadycollective.org), a harm reduction program based in Asheville, N.C. Hillary worked in Catholic Worker houses on both coasts before arriving in Appalachia where she pursued congregational ordination before jumping into harm reduction full time.
Work Together, People! How to Put Your Church Space to Work Monday through Friday
Many congregations see their facilities as liabilities rather than gifts from God bestowed by previous generations. This webinar will encourage hope for transforming that understanding and inspire, empower, and equip participants to steward their facilities as assets for community engagement, innovation and impact. Participants will be shown how to connect with neighbors, facilitate ministry and generate revenue through approaches such as coworking. You will discuss how to harness energy from these discussions to create financially sustainable work spaces that accelerate serendipity and dismantle loneliness in your own neighborhoods. You will discover you already have everything you need.
Daryn DeZengotita is a coworking evangelist and hospitality is her superpower. At Table Coworking, she consults with churches to transform underutilized space into vibrant community centers. As part of Harvard Divinity School’s Innovative Community Leaders, she is exploring new forms of joyful belonging and gathering.
Rev. Dr. Ken G. Crawford serves as the Lead Pastor of Central Christian Church in Dallas, Texas, and is the Executive Director of the Central Westside Campus. Ken’s doctoral thesis, “Transforming Vocations,” is an exploration of how individuals (and now institutions) grapple with the shifts thrust upon them regarding how they live out their calling to follow Christ and be instruments of blessing in the world.
Practical Strategies for Church-Based Community Transformation
The global refugee crisis continues to rise at a high rate. Now there are more displaced people around the world than ever in our history. The role of the church to respond to this global crisis remains vital as ever. In this webinar, we will discuss the history of the church and how the church has responded to refugees throughout the world from the 1940s to present as well as the impact this crisis has had on the church as a whole.
Rev. Vy Nguyen currently serves as the Executive Director of Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee and sustainable development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In his role at Week of Compassion, he works with churches and ecumenical partners to coordinate and respond to global humanitarian efforts.
Why Care About Mass Incarceration?
Date: September 10, 2018
Where: Online & on-site at Lexington Theological Seminary
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Rev. Dean Bucalos
Note: Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar.
There are more people in prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Moreover, a disproportionate number of people of color are held in our prisions, jails and detention centers. How did this happen? Can our broken criminal justice system be repaired? How can faith communities become part of the solution? This webinar will explore this pressing problem that affects our communities and places of worship.
Rev. Dean W. Bucalos is the Executive Director of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, an ecumenical re-entry program that trains small faith-based groups to work with returning citizens upon their release from prison. He also serves part time as the mission specialist for prison and jail ministries for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Ordained in the Disciples of Christ, Rev. Bucalos has served congregations in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.
Date: November 16, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenters: Rev. Megan Huston & Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett II
Note: Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar.
When ministers are at their best, they are preachers, organizers and chaplains, but balancing these roles can be challenging, especially in the midst of our current political divide. Rev. Dr. Don Gillett and Rev. Megan Huston spent two years working together as clergy leaders for Kentucky’s Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. They will share stories and best practices about navigating the difficult path of balancing the pastoral and the prophetic. During this webinar, participants will be invited to ask questions and explore what it means to be called as a pastor or lay leader to live into the ministry of loving God and neighbor.
Rev. Megan Huston is in her 11th year of congregational ministry and is currently serving in her sixth year as Senior Minister of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bowling Green, Ky. She also serves as a Tri-Chair for the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign.
Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett II is the Senior Pastor at East Second Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, Ky., where he has served since July 1999. He is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. He also serves as a Tri-Chair of the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign.
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