Nurturing Ministry Skills series offered through Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center

By Donna Rhodes

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) is launching an additional educational series entitled Nurturing Ministry Skills. Available to both clergy and laity, this online (Zoom) series launches on Monday, March 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. (Eastern time) with “Coping with Two Years of a Pandemic: Care for Self and Others” led by Jim Higginbotham, professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Earlham School of Religion.

The series will continue quarterly with various presenters and topics on leadership, conflict management, pastoral benefits calculator, as well as many other topics. More information on the future sessions will be available soon. The Nurturing Ministry Skills series will occur virtually on Zoom. Continuing education units are available for $10 per event. Registration is required, but free. During the registration process, participants will have the opportunity to pay for the CEUs. Register at

SVMC is a Church of the Brethren ministry education partnership with the districts of Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania, as well as Bethany Theological Seminary and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Our mission is to equip leaders for ministry in a regionally based, Christ-centered, culturally relevant context in ways that bear witness to the beliefs, heritage, and practices of the Church of the Brethren.

Our Nurturing Ministry Skills series will provide opportunities for clergy and laity to learn together. Be creative in your gatherings! Think about who in your congregation you can invite to join you to listen to the presenter, participate in discussion, and learn together as brothers and sisters in Christ.

— Donna Rhodes is executive director of the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center. Find out more about SVMC and its ministry at


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