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As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and church buildings were closed, pastors and congregations adapted by moving their ministries primarily into digital space. While some congregations had long offered online worship, many congregations had never used ZOOM for a meeting let alone for Sunday morning worship. Yet, as the pandemic persisted, what had seemed like a temporary solution to meet an urgent need was becoming a new way of being Christian community. Even as church buildings reopen, many congregations are now hybrids with some people worshipping in person but more worshipping remotely. We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.

What are we learning about preaching in digital space? How can we improve? In hybrid congregations, how can we more effectively engage both in-person and remote attendees over time? How can preachers and worship leaders sustain their own spirits in this strange new Oz?

Join the Institute of Preaching for a two-day online workshop about these questions. 

Monday, October 5

9:00 a.m. Welcome and gathering prayer, orientation to the two days

9:15 a.m. Plenary One: Transfer, Translate or Transform? Adapting to digital space. An interview with Heidi Campbell

10:15 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Plenary Two: Preaching in a Different World – A panel discussion

11:25 a.m. Closing prayer and looking ahead to tomorrow

Tuesday, October 6

9:00 a.m. Welcome and gathering prayer, orientation to the day

9:15 a.m. Plenary Three: What works in digital space? – A conversation between Christine Burkett and Carrie Ferenac

10:15 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Plenary Four: How Can We Sing the Old Songs in a Foreign Land?  Sustaining spirit and creativity in a different world. A conversation with Bishop Ken Carter

11:20 a.m. Announcements and benediction 


GBHEM will be offering 4 groups for CPE this fall. The complete program will be offered online, with students using their ministry settings as their CPE assignments.

One of the learning groups will be offered on Saturday for increased flexibility in students' job commitments.

There is limited space still available, and applications are open now in case you have candidates who are looking for ways to complete CPE in the upcoming year. More information and a link to apply is available on GBHEM's Clinical Pastoral Education page.


FLOURISHING IN MINISTRY 

Click here to view the Flourishing in Ministry Webpage

“I am now more willing to be fully authentic with my congregation, which feels like a healthier way to be in ministry…I feel better equipped for ministry for the long haul – sustainable ministry from the heart.”

(Member of a previous Circle of Trust® series for young United Methodist pastors)

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for clergy sponsored by the Center for Courage and Renewal! Please consider this experience for yourself or pass on to a clergy person you love and respect.  

Flourishing in Ministry is an exciting, new Circle of Trust® retreat series for pastors and faith leaders. The program includes five different cohort series, each in a unique part of the country. Each cohort series will consist of three retreats (one 4-day event and two 3-day events) over a 13-month period, as well as small group peer learning calls in between retreats. We are expecting these series to fill early, so early applications are encouraged. 

What is Flourishing in Ministry?

  • This is an invitation to step away from daily work to explore one’s inner life, to reconnect with one’s calling and passion, and to join a global movement that believes that leadership begins from the heart of who one is.
  • This is a different kind of leader development program. There are no assessments, instruments, or strategic planning workshops. Instead, the focus will be on building trustworthy relationships, with oneself and the people in the circle, through a process that is intentionally ecumenical, cross cultural and multi-aged.
  • This is a chance to be part of a group that includes both emerging (those in their first 10-15 years of ministry) and experienced leaders, coming together to cultivate a trustworthy experience of community. While we expect that the groups will have more emerging leaders, we welcome applications from those in any season of ministry.

This experience is underwritten by the Lilly Endowment’s Thriving in Ministry grant program. In addition, individual scholarships will be available through a simple application process. 

Rather than helping pastoral leaders build one-on-one relationships with experienced mentors, role models, and exemplars who have a slim chance of sharing the particulars of their ministry context, we will provide an experience/model of mutual mentoring based on our Circle of Trust® approach. 

Flourishing in Ministry those who are either an ordained/authorized minister/faith leaders in a formal leadership roles.

For more information - go to Flourishing in Ministry webpage or contact Program Director Winton Boyd (winton@couragerenewal.org or 608-334-4794).  

WE ARE OFFERING FIVE DIFFERENT SERIES:

Flourishing in Ministry: Midwest Series

May 11-14, 2020, Nov. 9-11, 2020, May 10-12, 2021 • Racine, WI

Facilitators: Winton Boyd, Sharla Steever, Chelsey Hilyer, Katrina Jenkins

Flourishing in Ministry: Pacific West Series

Aug. 3-6, 2020, Feb. 8-10, 2021, Aug. 16-18, 2021 • Eagle Creek, OR

Lead facilitators: Nancy Edmundson, Alan Claassen, Gloria Burgess

Flourishing in Ministry: Southeast Series

Oct. 19-21, 2020, April 19-21, 2021, Oct. 18-19, 2021 • Hampton, GA

Lead facilitators: Kathryn McElveen, Prince Rivers, Daniel Yi

Flourishing in Ministry: Maryland Series

Aug. 25-28, 2020, Feb. 2-4, 2021, Aug. 3-5, 2021 • Reisterstown, MD

Lead facilitators: Nathan Kirkpatrick, Marcia Lee, Julie Scheer-Johnson

Flourishing in Ministry: Clergywomen of Color

Exact Dates TBD • Location TBD

Facilitators: Marcia Lee, Gloria Burgess, Katrina Jenkins