The Church Leadership Center offers webinars and recordings of past webinars that feature insights into theology, ministry and pastoral care. Each webinar includes the opportunity for participants to interact with speakers by asking questions or making comments through audio or written chat.
Register online for one of these webinars:
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
One of the gifts of the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition is that we don’t delegate all of the congregation’s leadership to a designated and paid pastor; instead, we value and use the gifts of the whole congregation to carry out the congregation’s mission. This means that we often have lay worship and music planners and leaders. The gifts we receive are many: we hear God’s words proclaimed in the voices young and old, high and low; we are led in worship by people who see and experience life differently, and thus expand our vision for what God is up to; we are not spectators to a worship event but participants and collaborators in a worshiping community.
The shadow side of this shared leadership exists as well: leaders may have insufficient training and practice to lead a congregation well; our worship diet (of biblical texts, prayer forms, song choices) may be so varied that we struggle to find a focus; we never get enough practice to become not only competent but also excellent worship planners and leaders.
This overview webinar is designed to provide both lay and ordained worship planners and leaders with a shared language about worship planning and leading; some frameworks for thinking about a worship “diet;” a few tips for training and mentoring inexperienced worship planners and leaders; and some best practices for evaluating worship, especially over the long haul. Individual participants are welcome; it may also be that the webinar is even more useful if groups within the congregation (worship committee or commission, worship leaders, song leaders, etc.) sign up together so that the webinar can provide some common ground for ongoing work.
Intercultural Leadership in Diversity-Oriented Churches
A. Brian Leander, PhD
Thursday, March 23, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT
Connecting to a webinar
Connecting to a webinar requires a computer with reliable, high-speed internet access, and computer speakers. Our webinars work best when the participant wears a headset. This is not mandatory, but doing so helps to eliminate feedback and distortions. On the day of the webinar, registered participants will receive an e-mail message prior to the start of the webinar with a Web link to access the webinar.
Online registration will close at noon the day before the webinar. After this time you can call 574-296-6234 for details of how to register until 12:00 PM the day of the webinar.
Webinar registration fees are nonrefundable and webinar privileges are non-transferable.
- Your first webinar is free! Learn more
- $20 if registering before noon of the day prior to the webinar. After deadline, $30.
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- $5 for full-time students
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