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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.

Thinking and Being as a Pastor--Dayspring Conference Center, Parrish, FL, March 23-24, 2017

Thinking and Being as a Pastor

Because I am Part of This,
How do I Think, Lead, Act, and Respond?

Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24, 2017
DaySpring Conference Center
Parrish, Florida

Presented by the Voyagers
Being and leading as a pastor in a community of faith is a complex and all-encompassing task. The pastor is immersed in the web of relationships of the faith community, and at the same time is called to have the perspective and distance necessary to lead.


An understanding of how the community of faith works is helpful, but it is our own work as pastoral leaders that can engage the community in its mission and ministry. Understanding our own patterns of acting, not acting, reacting, thinking and not thinking are key to our growth as pastors and leaders.


The full program runs from Thursday morning through Friday at noon. On Thursday, the focus will be on the person of the pastor in a faith community, including theological, personal, and practical perspectives. Thursday evening will be less formal, and include a videotape of one of Ed Friedman’s presentations. On Friday morning, the emphasis is on the leader and work in his or her own family of origin.


Several possibilities are available for registration: 1) register for the whole program (Thursday and Friday) and stay overnight at DaySpring Conference Center; 2) register for the full program (Thursday and Friday) and commute; 3) register for Thursday alone. Details on the cost for each option are below. Registration using the link below.


This seminar is offered by The Voyagers, a group of clergy colleagues who continue to study and apply the work of Dr. Bowen and Rabbi Friedman in relationship to congregations and leadership. Semi-annual meetings are usually held in the Washington, D.C. area and include: presentations by faculty members at the Bowen Center, the Center for Family Process and other distinguished presenters; family of origin groups for ongoing work on differentiation; case studies; and theological discussion. Many of the members of the Voyagers are Bridgebuilders, Healthy Congregations Facilitators, Trainers, Board members and officers, have themselves offered seminars and workshops on Bowen Theory and congregations, and have served as consultants and coaches for clergy and congregations. Explore our website for further information.

Register at   Click Tab: Local Florida Conference 2017

Catechumenate Training--North Carolina, May 4-6, 2017

Go, Baptize, Make Disciples” is a Catechumenate Training Institute for congregations offered by the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) and hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden, North Carolina–close to the Asheville Airport. It is open to pastors, seminarians, musicians, and lay leaders of ALL denominations who wish to learn how to introduce this journey of discipleship to their communities of faith. Participants will be immersed in the rites and rituals of this ancient-future Christian practice and experience all four stages of a faith formation process that invites people into baptismal living as disciples of Jesus. We encourage parish teams of two or more people to attend so they can learn together.

for more information and to register

Darkness to Light: child abuse prevention training--Tampa, various dates

Available in English and Spanish, Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is designed for both youth serving organization and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.


For more information

Global Leadership Summit--Willow Creek; August 10-11, 2017. Simulcast at various locations in FL

  • Gain exclusive access to the LIVE HD telecast of the Summit at one of 600+ locations
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2017 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join with people from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world

For a limited time save on individual and group tickets!

Regular $ 209

Today $189

Bring your team and save! Group rate: $149/person

Florida locations:

EpiCenter At St. Petersburg College Site Details Clearwater, FL
South Lake Wales Church Of God Site Details Lake Wales, FL
Highland Park Church, Family Ministries Building Site Details Lakeland, FL
Abundant Life Church Site Details Sarasota, FL
Bridgepoint Church Site Details St. Petersburg, FL
Van Dyke Church Site Details Lutz, FL

For more information and to register (individually or a group)

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

Training/Development events at the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary (various dates and locations)

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS (Click here for more information on both of these events):

 March 23, 2017 – The Dawe Lecture:  Dr. Randi Rashkover, of George Mason University, will engage us in the topic Comparative Learning: Judaism, Christianity and the Word -World Relation.  This is a free lecture open to everyone from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Lake Chapel.  Registration is not required – you may simply show up!

April 19-20, 2017 – The Howie Center Events:  Shawna Bowman and Nanette Sawyer will lead worship, large group activities, and workshops related to Embodying God’s Story and Our Stories: Storytelling | Art | Worship.  There are a number of different events, beginning with community chapel on Wednesday, April 19, and ending with a labyrinth walk at mid-day on Thursday.   Please register at the link above for the events you will be attending.  Although everything is free, we would like to get an idea of how many will attend.


 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS (Note:  All of these will be held on the Richmond campus)

March 20-23, 2017 – Stewardship Comes in All Sizes, Shapes, and Colors:  It’s not too late to register for this four-day workshop featuring Dr. Deborah Rexrode, associate presbyter for stewardship at the Presbytery of the James, and Rev. Raymond Bonwell, corporate secretary of the PC(USA) Board of Pensions.  They will focus on telling the story and sharing the mission and vision of the congregation as a part of stewardship.  Cost is $250, including lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Click here for more information and registration.


April 3 to May 4, 2107 – Christian Education Certification Course in Reformed Theology:  This is a hybrid workshop, with the first month (April 3-May 1) taking place at home and through BlackBoard, followed by three days on campus (May 2-4).  The workshop will meet the requirements for PCUSA certification, but is open to anyone of any denomination who has responsibility or interest in Christian Education in the church.  Cost is $295.  Led by Prof. Tom James.  Click here for more information and registration.


April 4-6, 2017 – Writing (Righting) Wrong: Memory, Resistance, Resilience:  Join Prof. Katie Geneva Cannon and Prof. Paula Owens Parker as they facilitate this workshop assessing and redressing the muted, masked, and mangled testimonies and the transgenerational experience of women, men, and children whose ancestors were enslaved Africans.  Cost is $195, including lunch on Wednesday.  Click here for more information and registration.


May 15-17, 2017 – The Gospel of Matthew: Challenges and Resources for Preachers Today:  This series of presentations and conversations, led by UPSem professors John Carroll, Frances Taylor Gench, and Richard Voelz, will open up the world of Matthew’s narrative and its presentation of the ministry and teaching of Jesus, provide orientation to distinctive theological contributions Matthew makes to the life of the church, and suggest resources and strategies for preaching, all in preparation for the lectionary Matthew cycle.  Cost is $250, and includes lunch on Tuesday.  Click here for more information and registration.



Seminary for a Day returns on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  This is an opportunity to spend the day learning from UPSem professors in an informal workshop setting, and hearing interesting and inspiring keynote addresses.  All for $25, including lunch!  This year’s keynote addresses will be made by Prof. Richard W. Voelz, UPSem’s newest preaching professor, and Prof. Luke Powery, dean of the Duke University Chapel and professor of homiletics there.  Registration will be available soon at