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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.
Oct 9, 2018
@ 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Cross+Road Lutheran Church, Fleming Island
5101 Lakeshore Drive West
Fleming Island, FL 32003
Boundaries Training dates for 2019:
May 2, 2019 – Trinity, Pembroke Pines
Sept. 10, 2019 – Hope, The Villages

Practice Discipleship Retreat (for ministry with children, youth and families), Sept. 27-30, 2018 (Luther Springs)


THE PRACTICE DISCIPLESHIP RETREAT is designed for youth leaders and Christian education leaders (paid and unpaid) to come together, build community, learn, grow, relax, reenergize and reconnect!

What will the weekend look like? Enjoy an extended option beginning Thursday evening with networking, fellowship and time to relax before the learning sessions begin on Friday. You can check in beginning at 4:00 PM on Thursday and dinner will be provided at 6:00 PM. Thursday evening is a time of low key networking and hospitality.  Friday morning, registration opens at 9AM.  Rev. Melissa Cooper, from Vibrant Faith Ministry will be with us on Friday for an all-day intensive course on Intergenerational Ministry. If you are not coming for the Intensive, join us for worship on Friday evening at 7:00 PM followed by a general session and then hospitality. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with workshops on youth and children ministry topics and Christian education topics. We will close on Sunday with worship followed by lunch. Sound like a lot? Don’t worry! We have also built in some play time for you to renew and relax!

Journey to Baptismal Living: North American Association for the Catechumenate (Oct. 5-6, Oct. 25-28, 2018)

Adult Catechumenate training offered
Portland, Ore., Oct. 5-6
Ottawa, Ontario, Oct. 25-28

Are you looking for a way to deepen the faith lives of those coming to your church and enliven your congregation? If so, consider taking a team to an ecumenical training in the adult catechumenate, a process of spiritual formation for people exploring Christianity or seeking to renew their faith.

Based on ancient practices, the catechumenate goes beyond the traditional study of “what Christians believe” to asking questions, telling our stories and discovering God’s story in our story. Through worship, prayer, small groups, biblical reflection, sponsors and ministry in daily life, it creates a journey to baptismal living that changes lives and makes disciples.

At a training event you explore the stages of the catechumenate process and experience its elements and worship rites in both large group and small group settings. These events are recommended for teams of two or more from your congregation or organization (clergy, musicians, lay leaders, and worship and adult faith formation staff) and will provide you with the background and resources you need to adapt and begin a catechumenal process. Registration will be available July 1. Please visit Journey to Baptism for the latest information and a link to the registration when it becomes available. These training events are sponsored by Journey to Baptismal Living: The North American Association for the Catechumenate. For questions, contact

For more information about the catechumenate, visit

Leadership Retreat Oct. 15-19, 2018 Montreat Conference Center, NC

Building a Multi-Denominational/Multi-Faith Spiritual Movement

Growing numbers of pastors, denominational officials, and other spiritual leaders are seeing that we face two interrelated challenges in the next decade: building vibrant spiritual communities in these changing and fractious times, and helping those congregations converge in a larger spiritual movement that is multi-denominational and multi-faith as well.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

We are happy to announce that our new Spiritual Direction Certification Program here on the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is going wonderfully!  Our first group completed the program in June 2018.  We anticipate an enrollment in January 2019 of around 40!

 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 our candidacy committees have seen the value in spiritual direction and are increasingly suggesting that our seminary candidates participate in spiritual direction. This trend matches 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 here:

2018-Spiritual Direction Information Sheet

Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality--Carefree, AZ, Jan. 2019

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 2019’s course.


Deaconess Community web site

2020 Oberammergau Passion Play--Alpine Tour, July 6-14, 2020 (hosted by Pr. Karen Leedahl, Christ the King, Sebastian)

Alpine Wonders 2020: Pr. Karen Leedahl (Christ the King, Sebastian) is leading a tour that includes tickets to the play and much more, July 6-14, 2020. Are you or anyone you know interested in learning more? Contact Pr. Karen ( You may also leave a message at Christ the King in Sebastian: 772-589-7117.

2020 Oberammergau Passion Play--Italy Tour, Sept. 22-Oct. 2, 2020 (hosted by ALOA-FL)

George Algozzina (Program Director for ALOA-Florida), is leading a trip that includes the Passion Play and an 11-day tour of Rome, Florence, and Venice, September 22-Oct. 2, 2020. Call: 1-800-930-2562 or email: Register Online:   Tour Code: Algozzina20


ALOA-Passion Play – ALOA Narrative – 06.05.18

ALOA-Passion Play – 2020 Trip – 4 Page Brochure

Transition Ministry Training--LutherSprings, July 30-Aug. 1, 2018


  JULY 30 – AUG. 1, 2018

Transitions – There are many factors that come into play when a congregation is in transition. Whether that congregation has just received an interim pastor, or has just received a newly called pastor, or is seeking new direction into God’s future, it is a time of transition from something that was to something that is yet to be. 

The Transition Training Event will help attendees to focus on what it is that properly motivates ministry so that the “yet to be” is fully in the hands of God, and God’s people are themselves renewed and ready for that ministry.

Register HERE

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

Rethinking Stewardship, Luther Seminary, July 25-27, 2018

Rethinking Stewardship:
From Solemn Obligation to Inspired Choice   

July 25-27, 2018
Luther Seminary

The church is shifting from a time when people gave money out of a sense of duty and obligation. We’ve entered a period in which trust in institutions is low, and individuals value their power to choose…where to give, what to click, and whether to attend at all. Yet, Jesus’ warning that one cannot serve both masters, God and mammon, is as relevant as ever. What does contextual stewardship require today? What can we leave behind? And what must we never forget? Join us July 25-27 for three days of conversation and exploration.

Registration and schedule available HERE.

2018 Children's Spirituality Summit, Nashville, TN June 27-29, 2018

The 2018 Children’s  Spirituality​ Summit*

​A Christ-Centered Gathering

 Spiritual Formation across Contexts:

Families, Churches, and Communities

June 27 – 29, 2018

Lipscomb University 
Nashville, Tennessee