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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 $10.00.  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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2016-2017 Webinar Series

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Breaking the Silence and Creating a Safe Space in Our Churches
Date: September 24, 2016
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EDT
Presenter: Rev. Amy Gopp
NOTE: Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar

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
Date: October 29, 2016
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EDT
 Presenter: Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian
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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
Date: November 19, 2016
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EST
Presenter:
Rev. David Ray
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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 Flourish in Ministry
Date
: POSTPONEDwill be sending out new date for those who have signed-upAug. 24, 2015; Mendoza College of Business Associate Professor Matt Bloom leads the Wellb eing at Work Program. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EST
Presenter:
Dr. Matt Bloom
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Discover how to have a healthy, meaningful, and rewarding ministry. The Flourishing in Ministry Project, directed by Dr. Bloom, has studied over a thousand clergy and hundreds of clergy spouses in eight denominations to identify the characteristics and practices that promote clergy well-being.  In this webinar Dr. Bloom will offer research-based insight into what clergy and pastoral well-being looks and feels like, how this may change over the life-span, and especially how to nurture your own healthy well-being in ministry.

Dr. Matt Bloom is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he leads the Wellbeing at Work Program at the Mendoza College of Business. As part of this program he recently completed an in-depth study of well-being in ministry, Flourishing in Ministry. In his previous work life he saw firsthand the negative consequences of unhappiness at work, and is committed to finding real solutions to make the workplace a positive and vibrant experience.

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How to Survive and Thrive as an Elder

Date: February 18, 2017
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EST
Presenter:
Rev. Bill McDonald
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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

Date: March 18, 20172013-07-01 (2)
Where: Online
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm EST
Presenter:
Dr. William Barber II
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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).

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Youth Ministry in Small Churches

Date: April 22, 2017
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EDT
Presenter:
Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning
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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.”

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Congregational and Pastoral Care by Laity

Date: May 27, 2017
Where: Online
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm EDT
Presenter:
Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn
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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.

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