by Nancy Sollenberger Heishman
Church of the Brethren ministers needing to complete the advanced level ethics training requirement for credentialing renewal have found increased options in today’s virtual world. In mid-March the Office of Ministry began transitioning to offering such sessions online.
Five ethics trainers shifted to leading the online sessions: Joe Detrick, Jim Eikenberry, and Ramon Torres of Atlantic Northeast District, and Lois Grove and Dave Kerkove of Northern Plains District. Attendees expressed appreciation for the availability of the online format, the opportunity to engage with ministers from other districts during the sessions, and the flexible nature of the online platform used.
Ministers still needing training will have a few final opportunities to register through their district office for sessions that will conclude this fall.
The current ethics materials were commissioned by the Office of Ministry and written by James Benedict, retired pastor from Mid Atlantic District.
-- Nancy Sollenberger Heishman is director of the Church of the Brethren's Office of Ministry. For more about the Office of Ministry and ministerial credentialing go to www.brethren.org/ministryoffice .