2015-16 Courses

Speaker: Gimbiya Kettering

Speaker: Gimbiya Kettering

Speaker: Gimbiya Kettering
9 a.m. – Noon CDT, first session, then continued at 1 p.m. – 4p.m. CDT, second session

As Peter travelled, preaching and baptizing, he struggled with the many different cultures and peoples with whom he interacted. Today’s communities, both faith-based and secular, hunger for distinct, familiar identities and yet also dream of being multicultural. What can we achieve when we understand both desires and reconcile them? Participants will explore definitions for intercultural, diversity, multicultural, and cross-cultural and ask why this exploration is important to the ministry of the church.

* CEU: .3 credit, $10 per session

Speaker: Josh Brockway

Speaker: Josh Brockway

Speaker: Joshua Brockway
9 a.m.-Noon CST
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Vital congregations are communities where the expectations are known and valued. With the revisions to Congregational Ethics polity, the Church of the Brethren named the key areas of appropriate conduct for our congregations so as to support vibrant and healthy communities of faith. Participants in this webinar will explore the key aspects of our polity through case studies and discussion.

* CEU: .3 credit, $10

Speakers: Deb and Dale Ziegler

Speakers: Deb and Dale Ziegler

Speakers: Deb and Dale Ziegler
9 a.m.-Noon CST
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Life is a journey that we all must walk. At times we walk alone; other times we have traveling companions. We will reflect on our journey of loss, grief and healing. Hear the story of grace extended and grace received – what has been challenging and how we have been supported on the journey. Our son, Paul, a 19-year-old college sophomore, full of life, ideas and dreams was killed in 2012 while riding his bike. Paul’s last text before his ride read, “I’m going on a bike ride to be with God.” The road we travel together can be a place where we share the burden. Resources we have found helpful on the journey of grief will be shared.

Speaker: Steve Crain

Speaker: Steve Crain

Speaker: Steve Crain
9 a.m.-Noon CST
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Participants will be invited to enter with their imaginations into four key scenes in the life of Jesus: to hear his call, “Come, follow me,” to sail with him in a storm on the Sea of Galilee, to break bread and drink the cup with him in the upper room, and finally, to journey to the tomb and find it… empty. We will strive together to hear Jesus’ voice, to feel his presence, and to be renewed in his love.

Speaker: Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

Speaker: Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

Speaker: Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm
9 a.m.-Noon CST
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During the past 30 years, North Americans have witnessed some of the most surprising, powerful, and worrisome trends in worship since the time of the Protestant Reformation. What are these changes? What are we trying to “do” in worship today and why? What are some of the ways that you and your congregation can invite new and faithful practices into your worship services (including diverse practices of public prayer, music, responsive activities, etc.)?

* CEU: .3 credit, $10

Speaker: Enten Eller

Speaker: Enten Eller

Speaker: Enten Eller
9 a.m.-Noon CST
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In this Ventures course, we will explore various strategies to improve congregational communication, visibility, and even outreach by leveraging technology solutions that are affordable and appropriate for different contexts. We will touch on conference calls, virtual meetings, phone trees, email strategies, websites, streaming or recorded services and copyright considerations, and many other topics. Of special interest will be an hour devoted to Internet Safety, with guest presenter Brandon Lutz, a school district internet specialist in the greater Philadelphia area. Moreover, time will be set aside for addressing specific questions and concerns that participants bring from their own congregations.

* CEU: .3 credit, $10

 

*Some Ventures courses offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit. CEUs for sessions are approved and granted by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Church of the Brethren.

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About the Courses

Equipping lay people of all ages and education levels with skills and understandings for faithful and dynamic Christian living, action, and leadership with special emphasis on small congregations.

Registering online is the preferred method.  All course times are Central Time. There is no charge for courses; however, a suggested donation is invited.

Ventures courses, while not for college credit, offer high-quality instruction. The goal of the program is to empower lay people, especially in smaller congregations, to more effectively carry out the work of discipleship, following in Jesus’ footsteps to transform ourselves and the world. You are invited to journey with others on this new pathway sponsored by McPherson College.

Technology Requirements for Live Courses: If you can surf the web, you will be able to participate in our online courses! For the best experience, we recommend that you have a computer with high-speed internet connection and external powered speakers. We encourage several people to share a computer to participate in a course together! No camera or microphone needed for most courses.