The Church Leadership Center offers webinars and recordings of past webinars that feature insights into theology, ministry and pastoral careEach webinar includes the opportunity for participants to interact with speakers by asking questions or making comments through audio or written chat.  

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Planting Peace Churches

James Krabill, PhD, and Sara Wenger Shenk, EdD
Moderated by Mauricio Chenlo, MAPS
Thursday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm EST

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(A conversation to follow Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities)

In church planting processes, theological identity often takes a back seat to outreach strategies, alignment around a shared vision, questions of financial viability and the need to identify ministry support groups. However, theological identity affects factors such as decision-making processes, styles of leadership and communication, and the role of rituals in a community, among others. Sara Wenger Shenk will articulate the need for solid theological components in the vision for and implementation of new congregations.

The early Mennonites and Anabaptists took the New Testament seriously, daring to bear witness in following Jesus as they understood him from their fresh reading of the Bible, regardless of the consequences. Witnessing to God’s unconditional love and modeling kingdom communities is in the DNA of the Anabaptist movement, and believers all around the world have taken the Great Commission as a clear mandate for their own and future generations. James Krabill will remind us of these practices and how they can inform and shape our interactions today.

Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Drew Hart, PhD
Thursday, December 1, 2:00-3:30 EST

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In this 90-minute session, writer and theologian Drew G. I. Hart will place police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Moving us beyond our thin, limited and archaic definition of racism and toward a thicker and expansive contemporary understanding, Hart helps the church begin the journey of challenging racism and oppression in our everyday lives. Particularly helpful is the manner in which he weaves antiracism concepts, Christian theology and ethics, and accessible personal stories together.
While there is no quick fix for tackling racism in our lives, Hart will provide concrete practices for churches committed to journeying toward solidarity with the oppressed and committed to racial justice. If you join this webinar you can also expect to learn about the hierarchical nature of race, how whiteness functions in normal contemporary society, the limits of colorblind rhetoric, and new ways of entering the Black Lives Matter movement and conversation in view of 400 years of history. However, most evident is Drew’s stubborn and relentless call for us to take our discipleship to Jesus seriously in response to our racialized society. Throughout the session we will consider together what it might look like when we explore the world from the view of the crucified Christ. What difference might that make? What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble they've seen?

Drew G. I. Hart is a professor at Messiah College with ten years of pastoral experience. He studied Biblical Studies at Messiah College, attained his MDiv with an urban concentration from Biblical Seminary, and recently received his PhD in theology and ethics from Lutheran Theological Seminary-Philadelphia. His work has included pastoring in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, working for an inner-city afterschool program, leading anti-racism workshops, adjunct teaching, and doing public theology. His dissertation explored the overlaps of white supremacy and western Christendom and how Black theology and Anabaptism can collectively aid us in untangling our lives from these realities. His book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, utilizes everyday stories, Jesus-shaped theological ethics, and anti-racism frameworks to transform the church’s understanding and witness. Hart’s blog is hosted at The Christian Century and he speaks regularly across the country. He can be found on twitter @DruHart & Facebook. Drew and his family recently moved from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

How We Got the Bible

Loren Johns, PhD
Thursday, February 9, 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Principles of Worship Leading

Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin
Thursday, March 9, 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Intercultural Leadership in Diversity-Oriented Churches

A. Brian Leander, PhD
Thursday, March 23, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

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