Each month we will offer a new webinar that dives deeper into our theme:
Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church
When you register you can sign-up for any or all monthly webinars.
If sufficient interest is generated we will explore offering some intensive electives throughout
the rest of 2021 to help you go even deeper with the content.
Encouragement Beyond Fatigue
January 21, 2021
2020 has been a year of unprecedented ministry challenges.
Persevering in the spirit of Hebrews 12 has been difficult with
many leaders feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. So that you
may not grow weary or lose heart we begin our webinar series
with this time of encouragement.
Louise Johnson, Director for Leadership Development for LEAD working in the areas of adaptive leadership, innovation, and new program development. Former President of Wartburg Theological Seminary..
Justice and the Common Good
February 18, 2021
During this pandemic, church leaders have been thrust into the
midst of our nation’s unresolved efforts to address systemic racism
and ensure equal justice for all. While the church should be a great place to cast a “common good” vision, in this season of
extreme polarity engaging in honest conversation is often laced
with tension. This webinar features a diverse panel of church
leaders who will share their thoughts on this important topic
and participate in a Q&A following their presentations.
William Flippin, Jr.
Director of Evangelical Mission, SE Pennsylvania Synod
Assistant to the Bishop
Metro Chicago Synod
Parish Consultant & Co-author of "The World is About to Turn: Mending a Nation’s Broken Faith".
Coordinator for the Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo
Virtual and In-Person
March 18, 2021
Most congregations were thrust into unknown territory 8 months ago when worship went virtual / online instead of in person. Church renewal leaders maintain that vital congregations must continue their online presence going forward and offer a hybrid blend of community (phygital) that is both physical and digital. This is not a replacement of community, but rather the birth of a legitimate new kind of community. The presenters recruited for this important webinar bring a wealth of experience and perspective. Expect a lively Q & A conversation as we engage the merits of this new reality.
Director of Digital Church Planting
Stadia Church Planting
Deanna A. Thompson
Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values and Community and Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf College. Author of "The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World".
Creative Expressions of Church
April 15, 2021
Crises like we are now facing often create opportunities for new things to emerge. In the spirit of Ephesians 3:20, as we move forward we believe that by the power at work within us, God, who works good in and through all things, will accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine! The presenters we have recruited for this webinar believe this too and look forward to sharing their creative ideas and engaging in a time for Q&A together.
Resident Bishop of the Florida Area of the United Methodist Church and Duke Divinity School,. He has also been a key voice in the Fresh Expressions movement.
Founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn and now Dreams and Visions in Baltimore
ELCA Domestic Mission Unit