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Continuing Ed and Discernment Events

Below are events for leaders (rostered and non-rostered) for continuing ed, discernment, training, etc.  Please contact the event coordinators directly for more information about these events.

Boundary Training Workshop for Rostered Ministers
These days, it is more important than ever for leaders to ensure they are maintaining good emotional, physical, and social boundaries. For rostered ministers who are invited into the vulnerability and pain of others, tending to boundaries is especially vital.
The words said to newly ordained and consecrated pastors and deacons contain a charge to be trustworthy in shaping preaching and teaching around the Good News of the God who is for us, for the church and for this world in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus. Closely related is the charge that all of our life and ministry embody that Good News so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, when people see us, they see something of the God who is for us in Christ Jesus.
The Boundaries Workshop is an opportunity for rostered ministers (and other congregational leaders) of the Florida-Bahamas Synod to participate in a one-day workshop led by Barbara Keller, ELCA Consultant for Prevention of Sexual Misconduct, and Pastor Ken Blyth on the difficult but critically important conversations about power, vulnerability, dating, friendships and social media, receiving and giving gifts, pulpit boundaries, and touch/hugging/sexual intimacy.
A suggested donation of $25 will help cover the cost of the facilitator, lunch, and resources, and will be collected at the event.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Emmanuel Lutheran, Naples
777 Mooring Line Dr
Naples, FL 3412

Leadership Program for Musicians--various date, online

The Leadership Program for Musicians is pleased to offer online versions of various courses from the LPM curriculum. See below for the list of upcoming and future courses.

Most courses run in ten sessions with various assignments which may include regular participation on discussion boards and written assignments to be submitted. There may be textbooks required for your particular course. Other course materials will be delivered via the distance learning platform and links to other materials on the internet.

for more information and details

Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality--Minnesota, Jan. 2018

This discernment course offered by the Deaconess Community of the ELCA is good continuing ed for pastors, as well as an excellent discernment event for those pondering public ministry of some kind.  Watch the web site for the details for 2018’s course.


Deaconess Community web site

Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

We are happy to announce our new Spiritual Direction Certification Program here on the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition; however, it has largely stayed rooted in the Roman, Eastern, and Anglican community.  Somehow, it fell off the Protestant “radar” for far too long.

Over the last few decades there has been a growing desire within Protestantism to embrace this ancient tradition again.

In search of spiritual directors, we Protestants have turned largely to our wonderful brothers and sisters in the non-Protestant traditions.  They have served us well.

We would like to begin to raise up new generations of Protestant (and Lutheran!) spiritual directors. With this sense of calling, we are offering our Spiritual Direction Certification Program.

You can find out more information in the Spiritual Direction Certificate Flyer. We are already half-way through the beta group cycle. Our next cycle of new participants begins with an intensive January 17 – 20, 2018.

2018 National Workshop on Christian Unity--April 16-19, Washington, D.C.

“God’s Power Nurturning Communities of Witness and Dialogue”

on-line registration and workshop information available at

Location: Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Dates: April 16-19, 2018

Rev. Lisa Sharon Harper, Evangelical Covenant Church–Theologican in Residence

Special guests and speakers include:

  • Rev. Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Canadian Council of Churches
  • Bishop John Bauerschmidt, Episcopal Church
  • Bishop Ken Carter, United Methodist Church
  • Bishop Denis Madden, Roman Catholic Church
  • Rev J. Herbert Nelson, Presbyterian Church (USA)

"True To Myself" retreat hosted by Portico Benefit Services

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“True to Myself” April 18-20, 2018

McKanna-Sandrock Retreat Center at Lutheranch

Cost per Person: $425 (private room), $350 (double occupancy) Includes lodging, meals and program. All rooms have a private bath. Round trip transportation from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport for $50.00.

TO REGISTER contact NovusWay Ministries at 828-684-2361 or email Financial assistance upon request.

2018 ET – True to Myself SCHEDULE (Lutheranch)

Interim Ministry Network Annual Conference--June 18-21, 2018 - St. Louis, MO

Annual Conference  for the Interim Ministry Network (IMN)

This is an international organization on the cutting edge of training and support of those engaged in the specialized ministry of transition. Each year there is an annual conference with themes and speakers directed toward this work. It is made up of many denominations and different faith groups. Though the context may change, it has been discovered that the essentials of this ministry are the same. The speakers and workshops are practical in nature, designed to give tools that are useful. One of our speakers this year is Mindy Makant from Lenoir Rhyne University. There is also an opportunity for ELCA Interim Pastors from around the country to gather during the conference for conversation and mutual support.

  • Interim Ministry Network Annual Conference
  • June 18-21 St. Louis, MO
  • “Discovering a New Song”

The Interim Ministry Network is on the forefront of training, education and support for those serving as transitional pastors. It is an ecumenical and interfaith organization dedicated to the training and equipping of those who serve faith communities during times of interim and major transition. Every year there is an annual conference featuring speakers and themes that engage this work not only academically but practically. This year the conference will feature Mindy Makant from Lenoir Rhyne University as one of the leaders. The theme connects the focus point of “Heritage” with the focus point of “Future”. Speakers and workshops provide practical insights and tools for this specialized ministry. There also is an opportunity to connect with other ELCA interim pastors from around the country. The post conference workshop will be led by the faculty of IMN and invite a deeper dive into the essentials of Transitional Ministry. This Post Conference workshop is unique and new this year, but can serve as an invitation to those who have not had training and reconnection for those who may have received training years ago. If you have any questions about this event, you can contact The Rev. Dr. Keith Copeland who is team lead for the event. He can be reached at

2018 IMN Conference Brochure