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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.


July 26-30, 2021

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.


Interim Pastors, First Call and New Call Pastors, Pastors in congregations needing new direction.

 Interim Pastors 5 days – $160

First Call/New Call Pastors & Others (M-W) – $130

The first three days of presentations focus on elements that are common to all transitional situations, lifting up the differences for new call situations and interim situations. The final two days are specific to interim ministry and will review the specifics of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Transition Manual and processes. 

Continuing Education Credit for Rostered Leaders Annual Report to the Bishop:  

 9 hours for 3-day attendees, or 15 hours for 5-day attendees.

 What pastors who have attended say:

  • The entire event has been inspirational! This is advanced ministry!”
  • “I wish I would have had this training many years ago!”
  • “I enjoyed the training even better the second time. I would recommend it to others.”
  • “Most helpful was the focus on spiritual tools for building ministry.”

Boundary Training Workshop for Rostered Ministers

Now offered online!
Boundaries training is crucial for rostered ministers, since we work closely with people and know the importance of relationships. Rostered ministers can attend our Synod’s boundaries & sexual ethics training online during COVID-19:
The expectation of the Bishop is that rostered ministers will attend or take boundaries training once every 3 years.
The cost is $49 to enroll. Questions about this training or about the boundaries workshops offered in the synod can be sent to Connie Schmucker at
FAQs about online Boundaries Training through the Lewis Center:
What will happen after I go online, register and pay the $49 fee? You will receive a payment receipt. This means that your registration has been processed. You may then log back into, at your convenience, and start the course.
What if I have a question? You may call the office at (202) 664-5700 or email the Lewis Center at The office is not closed, but the staff is working from home due to COVID 19. If you leave a voicemail, they will call you back.
How long does it take to receive the certificate once the program is completed? ​The course takes on average 4-6 hours. Once the work is completed it usually takes the Lewis Center 24-48 business hours to review the work and either send out the certificate or an email regarding what needs to be redone.