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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.
Boundaries Training dates:
The boundaries training have occurred, stay tuned for the dates for 2020. Questions can be sent to Ileana Sardinas (

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:


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

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