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How to Start a "Parents in Conversation" Program                                   

 

Leader:       Debbi Rodahaffer

 

Date:           To be rescheduled Fall 2009

 

Time:           A 75-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $14.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-ED109

 

 

Do you find it a challenge to get parents to come before -- stay after – your Sunday worship service (rather than running to Target or to the grocery store) while their children are in church school classes?

Eight years ago, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky began a Sunday morning class for adults, “Parents in Conversation” to meet this challenge.  The class creates a gathering place for parents to talk about what works for them in parenting – giving them an opportunity to know one another, and to know that they have wonderful gifts of parenting that they can share with others. 


Speakers from within the congregation and from the community have turned it into a standing room only class on any given Sunday.


This teleclass will explore how your congregation can create a Parents in Conversation program:  the nuts-and-bolts of how to begin it, publicize it, find and develop leaders for it, and grow it into a powerful support for your members in their ministry as parents. 

 

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

 

 

Deborah Bell Rodahaffer, Director of Christian Education, has been on the staff at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Louisville, Kentucky , for twelve years.  A graduate of  EfM, Ms. Rodahaffer was appointed the interim chair of the Diocese of Kentucky 's Department of Christian Formation during the restructuring of that department. She serves as board member at the diocesan conference center, as member of the curriculum committee for the diocesan School of Ministry , and is on the Province IV Christian Formation Steering Committee.   She is on the advisory board for “REAL” – a grant-funded project of the Kent School at the University of Louisville, on the Youth and Young Adults Programming Sub-Committee at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC, and on the board of NAECED (the National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors).  She was a deputy to the ’06 and ‘09 General Conventions. 

Debbi studied art and education at the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville.  She has done continuing education in all areas of Christian education as well as in the areas of pastoral and grief counseling.  Deborah and her husband, Richard, have two adult children, Nina and Chris.

 

 

Creating and Supporting Families of Faith in the 21st Century                   

 

Leader:       Heidi Hawks

 

Date:           Last Offered Monday, May 18, 2009

 

Time:           A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-ED108

 

 

There are four main distractions in our culture which keep families from actively practicing their faith and experiencing spiritual growth.  In this class we'll explore these distractions in depth and  assess the ways in which your congregation's Christian Formation programs currently respond to them.  We'll also look at the importance of the church as community, and the congregation (and its leaders) as role models for individuals and families in deepening their spiritual life.  Join us for a lively hour of presentation and discussion as we seek concrete ways that your congregation can help its families develop more intentional, active faith lives.   

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

 

Heidi Hawks is a Christian Education consultant with 15 years’ experience working with children, youth and adults, first as a high school social studies teacher and then as a Youth Director and Christian Education Director.  Heidi has worked in churches with memberships ranging from 35 to 2700 members, developing and implementing Christian Education programs, classes, and events for children, youth and adults. 

 

Heidi has Master’s degrees in religion from Wake Forest University and in education from UNC-Greensboro, and is currently working on her PhD in education, specializing in spiritual development.  In conjunction with her degree work and her career in Christian Education, Heidi teaches, presents seminars and workshops, and writes and publishes curriculum for all ages.  Heidi lives in NC with her husband, Randy, and their three children, who are 14, 12, and 9 years old. For more information, visit Heidi’s website, www.seespiritgrow.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

One Size Doesn't Fit All:  How to Select Curriculum for your Congregation  (web-seminar)

 

Leader:      Sharon Ely Pearson

 

Date:          To be rescheduled

 

Time:          A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:           $15.00        Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

        Also, please see our FAQ about web-seminars:  You must be able to be online and on the phone at the same time.

 

Class size:   Limited to 12

 

Class#:        CMC-ED107

 

 

Are you always perplexed when looking through curriculum catalogs and the many published materials offered as to which one is right for your congregation? Are you looking for something that will fit the needs of your teachers and students? Join us as we explore the various types of curricula: lectionary-based, scope & sequence, thematic, Montessori-style and rotation model as well as other tools for evaluating and assessing materials. 

 

Using the lens of your church’s mission statement as well as your programmatic framework, we’ll weed through the immense and deep fields of curriculum offered to today’s church from a variety of sources so that you can make an educated and faithful decision for the coming program year.

 

 

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

 

  Sharon Ely Pearson became Church Publishing’s first Christian Formation Specialist in November 2007 after ten years as Children’s Ministries and Christian Education Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. With a B.S in Special Education, she has a certificate in Christian Education from Hartford Seminary and a Master’s degree in Christian Education from Virginia Seminary.  Having over 30 years experience in Christian formation at the parish, diocesan, provincial and church-wide level, she is a certified Godly Play teacher, EfM mentor and active in the National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors (NAECED). She is a member of PEALL (“Proclaiming Education for All,” an Executive Council task force charged with making recommendations regarding theological education and Christian formation to the 2009 General Convention). The co-author of the recently released The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition (Church Publishing), she lives in Norwalk, CT with husband, John and two cats.  They are the proud parents of a graduate student at Boston University and a daughter who is a marine biologist and educator.

 

Known for her monthly e-newsletter, “Living IN-Formation,” Sharon has experience in helping congregations choose curriculum for children, youth & adults as well as leading workshops or retreats on a variety of topics for congregations and dioceses.

 

 

 

 

 

Faithful Words:  A Class for Lay Preachers                      

 

Leader:       Elizabeth Hasen

 

Date:           To be rescheduled for Fall 2009

 

Time:           7:00 pm Eastern

 

Cost:            $22.00                  Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:   Limited to 8

 

Class#:         CMC-ED105

 

 

You're in a small parish and gradually (or suddenly!) you've been designated the official lay preacher for your congregation.  You can find good resources for sermons on the internet and use them, OR you can intentionally begin to live into this unique ministry of speaking the Word of God faithfully and regularly to the people you know and love.  

 

This two-part class will look at many aspects -- both theological and practical -- of the role of preaching as a lay person.  We'll explore these elements of preaching, among others:

 

The source of your authority to preach (besides the Bishop!)
How to choose your theme from those suggested by the weekly lectionary
How a parish sermon advisory group works
Preparing and presenting a sermon -- the technical stuff
The different kinds of sermons you can preach
The use and power of stories

 

Join us for this supportive and challenging exploration into the fascinating ministry of preaching.

 

 

  Elizabeth Hasen is the founder and director of the eMinistry Network.  In her earlier incarnation she has  fifteen years' experience in ordained pastoral ministry in the Dioceses of Vermont and Kentucky, in parishes ranging from the Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont to a small suburban parish in Louisville, Kentucky -- and she now supplies regularly in parishes in the Diocese of Spokane.  She taught the fourth-year preaching course for people preparing for diaconal ministry in the Diocese of Vermont in 1993-94, and was one of two students in her class at Virginia Theological Seminary nominated to attend the Excellence in Preaching conference for Episcopal seminarians.  She's experienced (and preached) the best and the worst of sermons -- and both enjoys and wrestles with the continual challenge to preach the Gospel faithfully.

 

 

 

 

Adventures in Grace:   A "Green" Formation Program                                          

 

 

Leader:       Phyllis Strupp

 

Date:           Last Offered October 2008

 

Time:           A 60-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-ED112

 

 

 

Looking for a fun, new way to engage adults and children in your formation programs?   "Adventures in Grace" is an an exciting new green spiritual formation curriculum for all ages that explores the leading ecological issues of today through eight sessions with a traditional Anglican approach of scripture, tradition, reason, experience -- and fun!  

 

Each session guides you through resources and exercises in the areas of

Scripture and science
Ecological awareness
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Mind-body-spirit well-being
Interfaith appreciation
Social justice
This teleclass will introduce this unique program and show you how it can help you boost excitement and attendance in your formation activities throughout the year.  Looking at an actual class session, we'll explore how you fit into the experience as the "guide" and how you can customize the curriculum to meet your congregation's needs.   Join us for this informative, exciting session...and come prepared for a green adventure in formation!

For more information visit: www.adventuresingrace.org
 

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

 

 

Phyllis Strupp has been part of the Episcopalian faith community since 1993. She is the author of The Richest of Fare:  Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert, winner of the Independent Publishing Award for Best Mind-Body-Spirit Book in 2005.   She chairs the Episcopal Ecological Network and the Nature & Spirituality Program for the Diocese of Arizona.  She serves on the faculty of the CREDO Episcopal clergy wellness program and the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

 

Phyllis is a brain fitness coach, helping people enrich their lives with fun, practical ways to encourage brain health and growth.  From 1988 to 2007 she worked as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, specializing in insurance and benefit products, and has held financial management positions at Dun & Bradstreet and Equitable Life in New York. 

 

Learn more about Phyllis at her website:  http://www.phyllisstrupp.info

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making It Real and Relevant:  Christian Education in the 21st Century        

 

 

 

Leader:       Heidi Hawks

 

Date:           Last offered Spring 2008

 

Time:           A 75-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $24.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:   Limited to 12

 

Class#:        CMC-ED106

 

 

This teleclass is designed to broaden the knowledge of anyone involved in Christian Education regarding the key characteristics of the postmodern society in which we live, and how they influence peoples’ spiritual and religious development.  By understanding what motivates people in today’s world, we can — regardless of the size of our Christian Education program — adapt, modify and revitalize our programs to make them more real and relevant to our members.  

 

The course will encompass two sessions:

 

In the first session, we’ll explore the postmodern world:

1.  What are the main characteristics of postmodernity? (technology, globalism, pluralism, individuality, changing understandings of family and community, and rapid, constant change)

 

2.  How do we see these characteristics affecting our congregations and our Christian Education programs?

 

In the second session, we ‘ll look at Christian Education:

1.   What are recent discoveries in the field of education that are relevant for Christian Education?  (multiple Intelligences, learning styles, special needs, different learners)

 

2.  How can a Christian education program incorporate, easily and inexpensively, some of these discoveries and ideas? How does this work for small churches with multi-age groups? 

 

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

 

Heidi Hawks is a Christian Education consultant with 15 years’ experience working with children, youth and adults, first as a high school social studies teacher and then as a Youth Director and Christian Education Director.  Heidi has worked in churches with memberships ranging from 35 to 2700 members, developing and implementing Christian Education programs, classes, and events for children, youth and adults. 

 

Heidi has Master’s degrees in religion from Wake Forest University and in education from UNC-Greensboro, and is currently working on her PhD in education, specializing in spiritual development.  In conjunction with her degree work and her career in Christian Education, Heidi teaches, presents seminars and workshops, and writes and publishes curriculum for all ages.  Heidi lives in NC with her husband, Randy, and their three children, who are 14, 12, and 9 years old. For more information, visit Heidi’s website, www.seespiritgrow.com.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Build A Strong, Effective Adult Education Program                                  

 

 

Leader:       Heidi Clark 

 

Date:           Last offered September 2008

 

Time:           A 60-minute class, beginning at 8:00 pm Eastern   (7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $12.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-ED110

 

 

A congregation's adult education program can be one of the most interesting -- and most frustrating -- part of its ministry.  It can reach people in a deep way -- gathering adults in a way that sustains them and gives them strength for the journey of their lives.  But it is an ever-shifting area of ministry, as adult learning styles change and busy lives demand focused, appealing programming.
 

This class will explore the five general areas that you need to consider in order to create a strong, effective adult education program in your congregation.   We'll look at how to 

 

make the formation of adults a priority for your congregation
figure out what's already working
have a vision for what you hope to accomplish and who you want to reach
put some concrete, organizational foundations under this vision
explore materials and models that work no matter what your congregation's size

 
We will cover a great deal of information in a short time together, so be ye forewarned.  We will also have a little time to tell our truths, share our dreams for one another and the other adults God has placed in our care, and I suspect we will have some fun along the way!

 

 

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

Heidi Carter Clark is the Director of Consultant Services at LeaderResources, a publishing and consulting service whose goal is to help all of us create learning communities where people are transformed by faith. Heidi recently ended 13 years as the Coordinator of Christian Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri where she worked with 54 congregations, their leadership and clergy.  She is a member and past president of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors and has served on various national, regional, and local councils and commissions in the Episcopal church.  She has a bachelors degree in Education, is a licensed lay preacher, and has 20 years of experience with youth and adults in the church.


 

 

 

Growing In Faith Together™:                                                                                             

Solving the "Critical Mass" Problem for Small Sunday Schools       

      

                                                                                                                           

Leader:       Darby Puglielli

 

Date:           Last offered August 2008

 

Time:           A 90-minute class, beginning at 7:00 pm Eastern   (6:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific)

 

Cost:            $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         CMC-ED111

 

 

Growing In Faith Together™ is an Episcopal, intergenerational, weekly Christian Formation program.  GIFT™  was created in response to the needs of a small parish which did not have the “critical mass” to support a Sunday-school-style formation time. 

 

Combining eating, fellowship, the revised standard lectionary, stories, art, drama, music, and prayer, GIFT™  was a success in many aspects its first year.  Every Sunday, there were fewer volunteers needed, four times the participants, mingling of folks from the early and family services, and people ages 0 through 86 learning, laughing, and sharing together.

 

This teleclass will introduce you to the GIFT™  program, and help you incorporate some of the ideas into your church's Christian Formation programming.    If you're a volunteer Sunday school teacher, adult forum leader, Christian Formation leaders/director -- in short,  anyone who is involved with education in a small church setting -- join us for a presentation and guided discussion about this new program and the education/formation issues it addresses.

 

 Interested participants can sign-up to be a part of a pilot GIFT™  program this fall or spring.

 

 

 

  Darby Puglielli is the Christian Formation Director at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Madison, Wisconsin ( www.stdunstans.com)She serves on the Diocese of Milwaukee's Christian Formation Commission as the Children's Formation Chairperson.  After graduating from Bucknell University with an elementary education degree and license, she added on ESL (English as a Second Language) certification through Beloit College.  In addition to being a full-time mom and a part-time Christian Formation Director, Darby co-authored Stuck in the Middle: shared stories and tips on caregiving elderly parents with her mother and consults in both the fields of caregiving and Christian education. (website under construction: www.growinginfaithtogether.org).

 

 

 

 

Knowing (and Loving) Scripture:                                                                     

A Class for Adults who Work with Youth (and others!) 

 

 

Leader:       Greg Syler             

 

Date:           Last offered in 2007

 

Time:          7:00 pm Eastern   (one-hour teleclass) 

 

Cost:           $12.00 

 

Class#:        CMC-ED100

 

 

The Bible, as so many have come to know, has great power, mystery, tradition, and history, but can it also speak to daily life in Christ?  Moreover, can it speak to our youth -- especially junior to senior high youth -- who might not yet be willing to take on the whole of Christianity but who nevertheless are searching, yearning, desiring something deeper and life-transforming?  

This class -- helpful for anyone who wishes to deepen his or her relationship with Scripture -- is based on the assumption that what our young persons need is found in and through the Bible: reading it, praying it, searching it, and using it.   Being adult leaders of our youth -- in our congregations and our lives -- requires that we ourselves know and love the stories of Scripture, and that we make reading and reflecting on the Bible a part of our daily life.   

 

This class will explore examples from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and Jesus' use of parables, which can teach us how to glean not only research and information from the Bible but also transforming power for our lives.   We'll learn how to really "read" the Bible, as it is meant to be read, with our youth -- starting with the thesis that reading the Bible with one another is a freeing act of finding God, finding meaning, and finding -- again -- the importance of the Body of Christ.

  

The Rev. Gregory (Greg) Syler is curate at Church of Our Saviour, a city parish in Chicago.  He works with adult formation, liturgy, young adults and youth ministries, both at church and in the Diocese of Chicago.   A graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, he taught on the theology faculty at The Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School for four years, before completing seminary work at Virginia Theological Seminary.  In summer 2005, Greg returned to Chicago with his fiancé, Meredith (a seminarian in the Episcopal Church) and to his passion for ministry at transitional points in people’s lives, effective and dynamic preaching, good friends, teaching and bible study, woodworking and cooking.  

 

 

 

 

Designing a Confirmation Program that Speaks to Youth and Invites Ministry

 

 

 

Leader:    Jenifer Gamber                                                                                                       

 

Date:        Last offered February 2008

 

Time:        7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Eastern   (90-minute teleclass) -- 6:30 Central, 5:30 Mountain, 4:30 Pacific

 

Cost:        $15.00     (group discount available for 3 or more people from one congregation)

 

Class#:     CMC-ED103

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

 

Confirmation is a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism.  Many churches, including the Episcopal Church, expect their young people to be confirmed.  How can we design a program that invites a deeper commitment to Christ and a faith community rather than graduates our youth from Sunday School?  

 

Learn about the basic elements of a confirmation program: how to help youth explore questions of faith, identify how God is speaking to them, and discern their ministry in the world.  

 

This class is for new and seasoned leaders alike as well as those beginning or revising a confirmation program.  Bring your questions, your successes and challenges.

 

 

Jenifer Gamber is a textbook editor specializing in higher education. She is the author of the new book My Faith, My Life: A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church and Leader Guide to My Faith, My Life both published by Morehouse Publishing (2006).  See her website myfaithmylife.org, a place for Episcopal teens to explore their faith.

 

Jenifer has over 20 years experience working with children and youth in a church setting as Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, Journey to Adulthood Coordinator, and confirmation catechist.  She will be leading a workshop in using technology to speak about faith in the language of teenagers at the National Association of Episcopal Education Directors’ (NAECED) annual conference January 25-28 in Jacksonville Florida (see www.naeced.org).

 

Jenifer lives with her husband and two teenage children in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent:  Season of Dislocation  (An Advent Lectionary Study Group)                 

 

Leader:  Charles Hoffacker

 

Date:      Past class

 

Class:     CMC-ED104

 

 

Christ's arrival (his "advent") is profoundly disruptive:  when he is born at Bethlehem, when he returns at the end of time, and when he comes among us now.  The Advent season witnesses to how Christ repeatedly dislocates our lives that we may accept his gift of life.  Beneath the manic holiday period, a dynamic of transformation is at work for God's people.

 

This series will engage the scripture passages for the four Sundays of Advent in a way that will appeal to seekers and church members as well as preachers and teachers.  Participants will come to claim more completely for themselves the assertion made by Bernard of Clairvaux about the three advents of Christ:

 

In the first, Christ was our redemption;  in the last, he will appear as our life;  in this middle coming, he is our rest and our consolation.

 

 

  Charles Hoffacker is an Episcopal priest, writer, and teacher who has served in parish and campus ministries in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan.  He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter and recently became interim pastor at St. Peter's Church In Poolesville, Maryland. 

 

Charles is the author of A Matter of Life and Death: Preaching at Funerals and has contributed articles, reviews, and columns to many publications.  His sermons appear in Sermons that Work and on www.lectionary.org and are featured regularly in SermonWriter.

 

After thirteen years as dean of the Blue Water Convocation, Charles received the Diocese of Eastern Michigan Excellence in Ministry Award.  He is also the recipient of the first Blue Water Peace Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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