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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.  Previous events are listed as reference, as some of those events happen annually.

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 (

Ecumenical Stewardship Center GenerosityNext Conference, Nov. 20-21, 2019 (Atlanta)

ESC Generosity Next
Spiritual Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century
What changes have you noticed in your offerings?
How is the role of offering evolving in worship?
What new practices can bring vitality to your offerings?
These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC) Generosity Next Conference in Atlanta, GA, on November 20-21, 2019. This topic is an effort to reach a broader audience through a live streaming format. And, this will provide a way to engage more people in conversation about what is happening with the offering in their context.
Basic Format: A two-day event with Day 1 being presentations onsite in Atlanta by four speakers, followed by open conversation around conversation starters provided by a facilitator. Presentations will be live streamed to locations throughout the country. During conversations on Day 1, questions will emerge and these can be submitted for responses by the presenters on Day 2 as part of deeper reflection and discussion time. The presentations on Day 1 would be live streamed starting at 9:15 AM EST and recorded so that those in the Pacific and Alaska time zones can access them later the same day. The Mountain time zone would have a choice of which time to participate. Day 1 will conclude by 4:30 PM EST. Day 2 will start at 9:00 AM EST with Q & A and conclude by 12:30 PM EST. Content from both days will be recorded and made available at a later date. We believe participants’ experience will be enriched by engaging in live conversation at a host site.
Host Sites: Synods are encouraged to identify potential locations to host the live streaming. The cost is $250 per site total for Day 1 and Day 2. A Thrivent Action Grant may be available to cover this cost. A national list of sites will be developed. More information for host sites is provided on ESC’s Live Streaming Site Information and Application.
ELCA Actual Experience with Live Streaming: The ELCA held an event on February 2, 2019, entitled Hope in the Heartland an adaption of Discovering Hope used some other synods. The content of this webcast was designed for small congregations in eight synods in the Midwest (AR, OK. KS, NE, IA, SD, MN, ND). This event used Our Savior’s Lutheran, Sioux Falls, SD, as a main site and used a Zoom webcast live to more than twenty locations. Each location had a local host and facilitator. Each site and facilitator were provided guidelines and were prepared in advance for their role. Materials needed were sent to the remote sites. There were more than 400 participants at the 20+ locations. This was an overwhelmingly positive experience. Within a week of the event, a leader from each of the eight synods held Zoom or face-to-face opportunities to debrief individual experiences. The feedback was very positive. The ELCA has subsequently planned a series of workshops with some of the same synods this fall using the Cultivating Generous Congregations content by Lake Institute and will be broadcast from Marshall, MN.
For more information and to register for this event, contact

Transition Ministry Training--LutherSprings, January 27-29, 2020


  January 27-29, 2020

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.

Learn more and register HERE.

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

Explore the Land of the Pharoahs - tour to Cairo, Egypt (Oct. 17-28, 2019)

This tour to Cairo, Egypt is being offered by Fun Trip Travel, through Habib Wahib, a member at St. Armands Key Lutheran, Sarasota.

Learn more:

Fun Trip Travel 2

Fun Trip Travel 1

DART Clergy Conference, Orlando (Feb. 6-8, 2019)

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 or complete and email the attached registration form to our training director, Leah Wiley, at

Crisis Incident Stress Management Training (Feb. 19-22, 2019)-Orlando

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.

Course Highlights:
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.


Workshop Highlights:

  • 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.


Program Highlights

  • 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.

Course Highlights

  • 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.

Academy of Parish Clergy Conference, Feb. 19-21, 2019 (Canterbury Retreat Center, Oviedo)




“Winter in Florida”

Feb 19-21, 2019






Sacred space…

right in the middle of everything


Full Brochure: APC Brochure-1 2019

web site:

Institute of Liturgical Studies, Valparaiso University (April 29-May 1, 2019)

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

ELCA CoachLaunch-St. Philip, Mt. Dora (May 8-9, 2019)

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!

… leaders get done what God wants them to do without doing it for them

… 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, or 407-353-2006.

Lands of the Bible Cruise--Sept. 27, 2019 (Cypress, Greece, Malta, Holy Land)

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

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

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.
Formation Event:
  • 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.

The 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 and Recommit" - Retreat for Rostered Ministers, Jan. 6-11, 2019

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 no  later than Wednesday, October 31st. If you have questions about the week, please reach out to Tammy Devine (


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