Webcasts and webinars

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Dementia and Congregational Care

Free one-hour webinar

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Time: 10:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern

0.1 CEU through Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership

Dementia affects individuals, their family members, and the congregation. We often want to offer support, but we do not know where to start. We often back off because we don’t want to do the wrong thing. This webinar will help you understand the basics of dementia and learn how to reach out. We will offer communication tips and practical ways to stay connected. We can maintain relationships by providing reassurance, encouragement, and acceptance. When we include our members with dementia and their families, the whole congregation benefits. 

Heddie Sumner, RN, BSN, will lead this webinar. Before her retirement, Heddie served as Care Manager and Dir. of Dementia Services, and Dir. of Resources and Development for the Midland County Council on Aging in Michigan. She is a co-author of two works: A Family Centered Alzheimer’s Care – A Caregiver’s Manual and Doing More with Less: Michigan Dementia Coalition. In addition, Heddie provides training on dementia for staff of adult care facilities and church leadership.

Heddie Sumner headshot
Heddie Sumner

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This webinar is co-hosted by Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries and Anabaptist Disabilities Network.

Peter Chin
Peter Chin

Peter Chin will speak on Tuesday, May 17, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time), sharing about his article “I’ve Reached My Breaking Point as a Pastor,” featured in Christianity Today (www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2022/january-web-only/covid-church-pastor-quit-ministry-burnout-breaking-point.html). Chin is senior pastor of Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle, Wash., and a former columnist for Christianity Today. He has planted and led churches in major metropolitan cities throughout the United States, and his ministry focus on racial reconciliation has been featured in the Washington Post, CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio. He is also the author of Blindsided by God, a memoir of his wife’s fight against breast cancer while pregnant with their third child. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bKB6kj5nRgO0ZaWEUlWXuA.

Questions about the events can be sent to Jen Jensen, manager for Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church, at jjensen@brethren.org.

Registration is open for a webinar titled “Where Did They Go? Reconnecting with Kids and Families,” offered by the Shine curriculum, a joint program of Brethren Press and MennoMedia. The online event is free, scheduled for Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. (Eastern time).

Register at https://shinecurriculum.com/webinar. The Zoom webinar link will be emailed to registrants on Friday, May 13. Find more details in this news story.

Book study on Flourishing in Ministry

January 4-March 8, 2022
CEU available

Part-time Pastor; Full-time Church program offers book study on Flourishing in Ministry

As inspiring as the Advent Season is, it can also be a reminder of the challenges faced by many pastors.  While congregational members enter a time of celebration and expectation, pastors may be stretched thin, finding it difficult to attend to their own spiritual and physical health.  If the idea of thriving in ministry seems like a distant hope, John Fillmore, a Circuit Rider from the Part-Time Pastor/Full-Time Church program, is inviting you to join in a book discussion centered on Matt Bloom’s research contained in his book Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing.  Bloom is the principal researcher for the Flourishing in Ministry project and the Faith and Flourishing at Work project.  Fillmore will lead weekly conversations for reflection, discussion, and mutual support to explore the principles Bloom outlines in his book.  In cooperation with the Brethren Academy, CEU credits will be offered.  We hope you can join!

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Flourishing in Ministry book cover

Sacred Connections: Advent Soul Tending for Spiritual Leaders

Hands in mittens holding cup of coffee
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The Part-time Pastor; Full-time Church program is offering two virtual events entitled “Sacred Connections: Advent Soul Tending for Spiritual Leaders” led by one of the program’s Circuit Riders, Erin Matteson, an ordained minister and spiritual director.  Matteson extends the invitation to all ministers on Friday, December 3rd and Monday, December 13th to “come enjoy a pot of creative contemplative worship to warm your spirit and nourish your soul this advent season. Scripture and sharing, silence and song, poetry and prayer, imagery and other ingredients will be blended together and served up in a savory dish to not only provide ministers sustenance but promote vitality for the advent season.”

Two different virtual sessions at two different times are offered on each of two dates to help accommodate the varied schedules of ministers.  It is hoped that ministers will set aside this brief time to be ministered to and refill as they care for others.  Register for the free virtual events by November 30th at Sacred Connections. Contact officeofministry@brethren.org with questions about the event.