Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center announces continuing education events

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) has announced upcoming continuing education events. Two Spring events will be held virtually via Zoom. The Fall event currently is planned to be in-person. Descriptions and registration links are below. For more information contact

“Pastoral Care and Crisis Intervention: Part III” will be held Sat., March 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Eastern time), with leader Dale Leverknight. This session will provide the most basic skills pastors need to begin to offer spiritual support and comfort to persons in their care. It will benefit deacons and other lay leaders, in addition to pastors. Find more information and register at

“Church, Community, and Change: Navigating Shifting Circumstances” will be held Tues., April 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Eastern), with leader Denise Kettering-Lane. The global pandemic has changed the way that we participate in church and the way we understand our communities. Divisions in our denomination have raised questions about the way we interact with other Brethren. This course will explore the nature of the church and Christian community in the Brethren tradition and will discuss how recent events are shifting these meanings and what that might mean for congregations and communities. Find more information and register at

“Kingdom Building in Worship” will be held Sat., Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Eastern), currently planned to be in-person at Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, Pa., with leaders Cindy Laprade Lattimer, Marty Keeney, and Loren Rhodes. Without careful planning, worship easily becomes stale, unimaginative, and bland. This seminar is designed for anyone who has a role in planning worship: pastors, music leaders, and lay ministers. Presentations and workshop components will support attendees in developing a process for planning worship that is meaningful, Christ-centered, cohesive, thoughtful, and sensitive. Find more information and register at

SVMC, which has offices on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, is a partner organization of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and Bethany Theological Seminary, serving five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Southern Pennsylvania, Middle Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, and Mid-Atlantic.


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