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There is no ‘should’ in social media

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With congregations unable to meet in person, you may feel pressured by the technology and skills that you feel you “ought” to have. This webinar asks you to consider your “why,” focusing on skills and assets you already have and the needs of your group. It looks at some of the most popular social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, with practical tips on setting up, scheduling, and using them.

Jan Fischer Bachman is web producer for the Church of the Brethren. She has broadcast on Facebook Live for the denomination as well as her home congregation, Oakton Church of the Brethren. And, yes, she has managed to take inadvertent selfies and shots featuring her fingers while live.


Best Practices for Online Worship: Considerations and Strategies

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced almost every worshiping community to make massive changes within a few weeks. The methods and styles of worship cherished by the church had to be left behind or adapted into a new virtual paradigm. The rapid change spurred by COVID-19 has not allowed a luxury of time to reflect on how those adaptations might be faithful to our beliefs and theology. It is a time not unlike when the Hebrew people were taken into exile in Babylon and had to create new worship styles–and a new understanding of God and God’s people--for their faith to survive. Those changes, however, are what allowed the faith to flourish in new ways.

This one-hour webinar will address questions that this unwanted pandemic and the new paradigm for doing church present. “How do we avoid ‘spectator worship’ and keep worship the work of the people?” “What sort of technology might best fit our theology and our specific congregation’s needs?” “What are some technical and liturgical tips and tricks that can help us right now?” And not the least of the questions, “What are the learnings and gifts from this unwanted transition that inform how we think about our churches going forward?” You are welcome to bring your own questions as well.

Enten Eller

Enten Eller, of Palmyra, PA, is a tri-vocational pastor. He currently serves the Ambler (PA) Church of the Brethren, and the denomination’s only completely online church, the Living Stream Church of the Brethren. Enten helped launch Living Stream COB into virtual worship space eight years ago, long before the current pandemic.

Enten has run his own small computer business for over 35 years. He is passionate about using technology to build community in the service of the church, having served as Director of Distributed Education and Electronic Communication at Bethany Theological Seminary until his return to pastoral ministry. His third vocation is peacemaking and conflict resolution. His interests include tandem bicycling with his wife Mary, camping, kayaking, and travel.


Brethren Distinctives in Church Planting

Since the 1960s, a proliferation of non-denominational churches, from small to mega-size congregations, emerged around the world. Christians celebrate ministries that lead people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus. Those of us in the Church of the Brethren embrace Christian brothers and sisters around the world of other Christian traditions. We are all a part of the Kingdom of God.

The Church of the Brethren heritage is a distinctive and magnetic expression of the Christian faith. We believe the beliefs and practices of the Church of the Brethren are uniquely suited to reach this generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, leading many of us to plant new communities of faith rooted in the Church of the Brethren.

What is it that makes a Church of the Brethren church plant distinctive? This webinar will explore the fascinating confluence of Radical Pietistic and Anabaptist thought that gave rise to our movement. We will illustrate how those beliefs are embodied and practiced in modern church plants and how we can use them to establish even more new congregations of the Church of the Brethren. Anyone interested in planting a new Brethren congregation or involved in District or congregational support of new ministries will benefit from this webinar.

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Ryan Braught

Ryan Braught is the church planter/pastor of the Veritas Community in Lancaster, Pennyslvania, which he founded with his wife in September of 2009. He is the husband of Kim, and father of Kaiden (16) and Trinity (13). In his free time he loves to snowboard, listen to music, watch movies, read, and hang out with his family.

Nate Polzin

Nate Polzin has been ministering in the Church of the Brethren since 1996, currently serving as pastor of The Church in Drive (Saginaw, Michigan) and the Midland Church of the Brethren.

He graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary and has served in various roles in the denomination. Nate has planted a church, served as DE, started three college campus ministries and led revitalization efforts in three congregations. He is married to Mandy, and they have two great boys - Lucas and Michael.


Leading in a Time of Crisis

Stan Dueck

In times like these, it is crucial that leaders remain calm under pressure, make the right decisions, and then effectively implement those decisions.

What can leaders do when uncertainty lies at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis? The webinar will identify how people can feel overwhelmed, help people gain resilience, and the importance of making virtual social connections viable.

Stan Dueck is director of Organizational Leadership and co-coordinator of Discipleship Ministries for the Church of the Brethren.

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Mission and Money in Church Planting

Mission and Money in Church Planting was the focus of a webinar on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The presenter, David Fitch led our learning topic on funding models and church planting.

This free webcast is a New and Renew event sponsored by the New Church Advisory Committee of the Church of the Brethren.

David Fitch

David Fitch is the Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences. Fitch’s latest books are Faithful Presence and The Church of Us vs. Them.

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Conflict Competent Leadership
Tuesday, March 19 @ 1 pm EST / 12 pm CST / 10 am PST

Reconciliation is central to our collective calling as Christ followers. Yet many of us are thrust into leadership and ministry without the necessary tools to walk through inevitable conflict, hurt and betrayal. In this webinar we will explore how to develop competency in conflict transformation and map out some practical pathways for interpersonal and community peace building

Christiana Rice

Christiana Rice is the co-author of To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities, with Michael Frost. Christiana is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving with Thresholds as a coach and trainer for missional leaders. She’s based in urban San Diego, CA where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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Seeding or Launching Congregations:
The First Year Shapes the Church for Decades

David Fitch

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Passionate about church planting? Interested in learning more? Discerning a call or ministry or know someone who is? Are you or your congregation supporting a church planter?

This webinar is for District Executives, district leadership, new church development teams, pastors, church planters, and anyone who is interested in church planting and congregational revitalization.

Author, conference presenter, and church planter, Dr. David Fitch is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary, Chicago, IL. He writes on the issues the local church faces in mission including cultural engagement, leadership, and theology.

Identify a charismatic leader and launch a public worship service is a common approach in planting churches in North America. While there is much to appreciate about the usual methodology of starting new churches, the webinar addresses implications of the "launching church," and consider other tactics and formations of new church plants. During the webcast, David Fitch guides the exploration of the following topics:

  • The history of church planting in North America
  • Introduction of approaches to church planting
  • Implications of church planting models on leadership, worship, and mission

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