We invite you to join us on February 6—8, 2019 at The Florida Hotel in Orlando for the DART Clergy Conference, the annual gathering of nearly 200 clergy and denominational leaders from throughout the DART Network. Here, clergy strengthen relationships and sharpen their skills in building powerful justice ministries.
During our Wednesday opening sessions, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will address the group about justice as an essential aspect of Jesus ministry and our faith.
Each day, Rev. Dr. Raymond Pickett, Rector of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, will lead text studies “from the margins.” Through this lens, clergy will view Biblical passages in their historical and social contexts and will reflect on what scripture says about our role in shaping our public systems in order to heal the wounds of injustice.
In addition to our guest keynotes, clergy will give testimonies on their experiences and successes in building strong justice ministries in their congregations. Register for the Conference by clicking https://airtable.com/shreMWB93Qo0mqahe or complete and email the attached registration form to our training director, Leah Wiley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crisis Response Training Team brings quality Critical Incident Stress Management training free of charge to local communities throughout the nation. This CISM training is normally either required or strongly encouraged for those involved with disaster relief work, those serving as chaplains in various settings, health care, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and faith community personnel. The training is often quite expensive, but due to generous donors, tuition is free!
The training will take place at First Baptist Church of Orlando from February 19th – 22nd. Courses include:
February 19th – 20th
Spiritual and Psychological First Aid
Research validates that the help and support people receive in times of crisis matters. Providing effective emotional and spiritual care to individuals, families, and communities in difficult times is critical and can help promote resiliency and recovery. This two-day course endeavors to build helping skills and a better understanding of the unique role of the crisis responder and trains participants in the fundamental principles of spiritual and psychological first aid (SPFA). Care provided in SPFA may be defined as a practical, compassionate and supportive presence designed to mitigate acute distress, assess needs, provide essential supportive care, and link with other support systems as needed for ongoing spiritual, emotional, and mental health care.
Targeted participants will be trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, crisis responders, and individuals who desire to enhance their skills in providing SPFA to survivors of loss, disaster, emergency, trauma, and crisis settings.
At the conclusion of this course, successful students will be able to:
• Identify evidence-informed foundations for SPFA
• Articulate an understanding of the “ministry of presence” and “companioning.”
• Define the essential elements of connecting and communicating with people in crisis
• Prepare survivors to understand commonly experienced psychological/ behavioral reactions and the process of recovery
• Identify indicators of resiliency, recovery and post traumatic growth to encourage help, hope and healing
• Identify how meeting basic human needs is foundational to providing SPFA
• Demonstrate essential interventions to help stabilize and protect people in crisis
• Create a safe environment that facilitates effective listening and crisis communication
• Link those served with existing community support services and develop an ongoing care plan.
• Demonstrate skills for assessing spiritual and psychological needs of individuals in crisis
• Utilize a spiritual assessment framework to identify ways to help an individual draw on spiritual and religious resources to cope and foster resiliency
Understanding Suicide: Effective Tools for Prevention, Intervention and Survivor Support
Suicide provides unique challenges to both the professional caregiver and those within the informal support system. This course will help define challenges for those faced with providing crisis intervention with suicidal people and their support systems. It seeks to examine evidence-based concepts and gives practical tools to equip helpers with suicide awareness, professional referral, peer support intervention and supporting survivors in the aftermath of a suicide completion. The course is interactive and uses lecture, small and large group discussion, role-plays, and video interviews with survivors and experienced leaders in the field of suicidology.
- Identify current relevant suicide data relating to demographics, means and methods
- Explore the relevant research surrounding the suicidal mind
- List key risk and protective factors to protect and support suicidal individuals
- Identify important myths surrounding suicide
- Identify an evidence-based model for suicide intervention and supporting suicidal individuals
- Explain how to educate support systems on restricting access to lethal means
- Articulate ways to support survivors in the immediate aftermath
- Identify elements of suicide grief and utilize key tools for both immediate response to survivors long-term grief recovery
- Identify key suicide prevention and support resources to assist families, organizations and communities
February 21st – 22nd
Grief Following Trauma
In the course of one’s career, it is inevitable that professionals will encounter traumatic death and loss issues both personally and professionally. Professionals often feel ill prepared to provide effective care throughout the grief process. This course will cover key grief and loss concepts relating to trauma and traumatic death. Participants will increase their knowledge of how trauma impacts the grief process and will gain skills for evaluating and supporting persons who have experienced traumatic death and loss. This course is designed for anyone who works with people who experience grief and loss following a traumatic event.
- Characteristics of trauma
- Clinical implications of grief
- Primary needs of victims
- What helps and what hurts
- Types of traumatic events
- Traumatic grief and grief reactions
- Death notification
- Applications of the SAFER model
- Supporting grieving people
- Personal self-care plan
Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters
This advanced level course will enhance your skills to provide effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC) to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and disaster-affected families and individuals within disaster operations. This course builds on the crisis intervention principles taught in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) core courses to effectively integrate these principles within ESC teams for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to the long-term recovery process.
This course is designed for trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, and CISM trained crisis responders who desire to enhance their skills in providing Emotional and Spiritual Care to survivors of disaster and trauma.
Suggested but not mandatory prerequisites: Assisting Individuals in Crisis (also known as Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support); Group Crisis Intervention; Pastoral Crisis Intervention.
- One’s own faith tradition and ESC
- ESC & the Incident Command System
- ESC & disaster relief operations
- Physical, psychological, emotional impact of disasters
- Behavioral, interpersonal and spiritual impact of disasters
- Range of ESC interventions in the aftermath
- Suitability to provide ESC
- Maintaining health during deployment
- Deployment personal care plans
- Intervention and care giving concepts
The courses normally fill up fast! Please don’t delay, and register today!
Registration and other information can be found at here.
Tables of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us
Valparaiso, Ind., April 29-May 1, 2019
“For the Sacrament of Holy Communion has no blessing and significance unless love
grows daily and so changes a person that they are made one with all others.”
Martin Luther, 1519
Announcing the 71st Institute of Liturgical Studies to be held on the campus of Valparaiso University April 29-May 1, 2019. We will gather under the theme, “Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us.” Plenary presenters will be Charles Aurand, Paul Bradshaw, M. Shawn Copeland and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda plus many workshops and worship. For more information about the institute and to register, visit valpo.edu/ils.
ELCA Coach Launch
May 8-9, 2019
Training for ELCA Coaching
Sponsors: Florida-Bahamas Synod Coaching Ministry ELCA and ELCA Churchwide Coaching Ministry
St. Philip Lutheran Church, 1050 Boyd Dr., Mt. Dora, FL. 32757. Phone: 352-383-5402
Why attend ELCA Coach Launch?
…. help people in your congregation discover what God wants them to do and start getting it done!
…..help leaders get done what God wants them to do without doing it for them
…..help others maximize their effectiveness and potential
……stop the endless cycle of trying to get people to do things that you want to get done but they don’t want to do……and start helping people do what God wants them to do and multiply ministry!
HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS information: Local suggestion is Hampton Inn, Mt. Dora
(Address: 19700 US-441, Mt Dora, FL 32757. Phone: (352) 383-4267). Other hotels available in the area.
DINNER OPTIONS: a number of local restaurants available. Information provided at Conference.
Note: if participants want International Coach Federation credit, an additional fee of $250 must be paid directly to CoachNet for certificate. See Johan Bergh for details.
For more information contact Dr. Johan Bergh, FB Synod Coaching Ministry Coordinator, email@example.com or 407-353-2006.
Departing September 27, 2019 | Explore the Lands of the Bible on this 15 day tour including a 12-day cruise aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Monte Luker sailing from Athens, Greece to Rome, Italy with ports of call in Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Malta. Pricing starts at $4,198* from New York. *All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also leave a message at Christ the King in Sebastian:
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: email@example.com. Register Online: www.registernow.ittworld.com Tour Code: Algozzina20
LEADING VITAL CONGREGATIONS:
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.
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:
The LECNA Fellows Program for Church Leaders is a year-long, national, leadership development experience organized around vocation and calling, integrated leader development, and visionary organizational leadership. The program further equips leadership for thriving Lutheran congregations and church agencies. The experience includes three intensive retreats that are the foundation for a webinar series and eight hours of individual executive coaching over the twelve months. As this is an outcome-oriented program, Fellows put what they learn into practice by developing a personal integrated leader model and completing a visionary leadership project within their current ministry and context. Through the lessons learned and skills further developed, personal and professional capabilities and careers will be significantly enhanced. The program is equally beneficial to those earlier in their service and those building up to the apex of their careers.
Opening retreat: Feb 17-23, 2018, Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN
Mid-Year retreat: April 25–27, 2019, hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, FL
Closing retreat: Oct. 10–12, 2019, Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN
For more information about applying or scholarship opportunities, or to recommend a program participant, contact Deirdre Lapp at D.Lapp@EmmanuelAcademies.Org. For more information about the program, go to the LECNA Fellows website at www.thriventfellows.org/about.
TRANSITION MINISTRY TRAINING
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Solemn Obligation to Inspired Choice
July 25-27, 2018
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.
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 email@example.com.
For more information about the catechumenate, visit journeytobaptism.org.
The 2018 Children’s Spirituality Summit*
A Christ-Centered Gathering
Spiritual Formation across Contexts:
Families, Churches, and Communities
June 27 – 29, 2018
Practice Discipleship Retreat (for ministry with children, youth and families), Sept. 27-30, 2018 (Luther Springs)
CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION
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!
Servant leadership, Word and Service, and diaconal ministry are all synonyms for the ancient Greek word, diakonia, the call of Christ to serve others for the sake of the gospel. We invite you to accompany others interested in learning more through our January elective course.
Dates and Location:
- January 6-12, 2019
- Morning and afternoon classes will be held Monday-Friday.
- J-term is held at Spirit in the Desert, Carefree AZ. In addition, the class includes an online component.
- For those J-term participants interested in what formation with the Deaconess Community of the ELCA and ELCIC might look like, the sisters host a formation event the day prior to J-Term.
- This years formation event will take place on January 5, 2019. Attendees will receive information about the formation process to enter the Deaconess Community that adds an additional lens through which to experience the J-Term course.
- Introduces the historical, theological and social contexts of diaconal (Word and Service) ministry throughout history.
- Provides opportunity for discussion on vocation and diaconal calling.
- Affirms and encourages recognition of the importance and knowledge of the Lutheran Confessions as theologically and spiritually foundational writings.
- Awards three hours of academic credit.
Find out more at: Deaconess Community web site
Reflect, Renew, Recommit (3R), a week long discernment retreat will be offered January 6-11, 2019. This experience creates a safe place for pastors and spouses to process, share, worship, embrace prayer practices, use tools for vocational support, and discover a newfound community.
Attached please find an informational brochure and a registration form. If you know of leaders within your synod who might find this retreat helpful, please invite them prayerfully to consider attending. Since the synod is financially supporting these leaders, your notification to our registrar is the first step in the registration process. Please contact: Tiffany Pieters, our registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, October 31st. If you have questions about the week, please reach out to Tammy Devine (email@example.com).
We look forward to accompanying rostered leaders in a time of discernment, as they seek clarity of what God is inviting them to explore. It is our prayer that the unique gifts leaders possess might align with their call during a time devoted to listening to self, one another and God in order to discover their passion for the Gospel and becoming a blessing to others.
Reflect, Renew, Recommit Facilitators,
Deacon Tammy Devine,
Spiritual Coach and ELCA Wellness Manager
Dr. Harvey Huntley,
Retired ELCA Pastor and Region 9 ELCA Regional Coordinator