Church Leadership Center Webinars

The Church Leadership Center offers webinars that feature worship resources and insights into pastoral care, theology and ministry. These online learning events offer a wide range of resource sessions that both complement and expand on the topics explored in on-campus workshops.

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. After registering online, participants receive a link to a test webinar and an e-mail message prior to the start of the webinar with a Web link and password to access the webinar.

2015-2016 Webinars

Greg Boyd on Anabaptism (Conversation #1)

Thursday, September 17, 2015  2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  Greg Boyd, PhD, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn.

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Several 90-minute video-conference conversations will take place between Greg Boyd and various church leaders during the 2015-16 school year. We expect these conversations to provide a place for a wide range of people to engage the neo-Anabaptist movement from their unique perspectives. Conversations will look at things such as how we read the Bible, the nature of the church, who is Jesus, what are the benefits and liabilities of a denominational tradition, and more.

Each webinar will include the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers by asking questions or making comments through audio or written chat. AMBS Professor David B. Miller will host and moderate these conversations.

This webinar will feature Greg Boyd describing his journey toward Anabaptism and what neo-Anabaptism means to him


Where is the Good News for Rural Folk?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  S. Roy Kaufman, AMBS Sessional Faculty

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The context for churches/communities in rural America is dire.  Rural churches and communities continue to decline in numbers, services, and spirit.  Rural people continue to be disenfranchised by corporate interests, government policies, and technological innovations.  Traditional agrarian cultures are being usurped and dismantled by the mainstream culture.   Where is the Good News for rural folk?  How does the Gospel of Jesus Christ “take hold” in rural America?  This is a key issue for practitioners of ministry in rural communities.

This webinar will begin with a brief analysis of some of the forces of oppression—the “demons” that “possess” rural communities in North America (and the world).  The webinar will explore Jesus’ ministry in rural Galilee to see how Jesus engaged in community formation by casting out the demons of oppression under which the rural people of Galilee were living.  The webinar will explore how such a ministry of community formation might take place in the context of rural America in the lives of oppressed, declining rural congregations, enabling these congregations to become missional agents of change in their communities.  Current trends and cultural developments that provide opportunity and hope for rural communities will be discussed.

S. Roy Kaufman is an AMBS Sessional Faculty member.


How We Got the Bible

Thursday, October 29, 2015  2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  Loren Johns, AMBS Professor of New Testament

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This webinar will explore the origin, canonical formation and canonical authority of Scripture. It will look at the influence of various communities in the production, transmission, translation, preservation and interpretation of Scripture. It will also focus on modern English translations with attention to the use of the Bible in the congregation.

Loren Johns is Professor of New Testament at AMBS.


Greg Boyd on Anabaptism: Engaging Drew Hart and “Anablacktivism” (Conversation #2)

Thursday, November 12, 2015  2:00-3:30p.m. EST

Presenters: Greg Boyd, PhD, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn. and  Drew Hart, blogger and PhD candidate at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

+ Read description for this conversation

Several 90-minute video-conference conversations will take place between Greg Boyd and various church leaders during the 2015-16 school year. We expect these conversations to provide a place for a wide range of people to engage the neo-Anabaptist movement from their unique perspectives.

Conversations will look at things such as how we read the Bible, the nature of the church, who is Jesus, what are the benefits and liabilities of a denominational tradition, and more. Each webinar will include the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers by asking questions or making comments through audio or written chat. AMBS Professor David B. Miller will host and moderate these conversations.

This webinar will feature Greg Boyd and Drew Hart discussing the intersection of Anabaptism and Black theology.

Several other webinars with Greg Boyd are planned for spring semester. Check back for details.

Registration

  • Register at least 5 days in advance for an early registration rate of $45.
  • Register after early registration deadline, $55.
  • Cost for full-time AMBS students is $10.
  • Registration will close at noon the day before the webinar.
  • Webinar registration fees are nonrefundable.
  • Webinar privileges are non-transferable.

Webinar Policies

Read the policies here.

Group participation policy

Our webinars work best when participants join by computer audio and wear a headset. For this reason, it may be difficult for multiple people participating around one computer to have a satisfactory experience. While we don’t wish to discourage participation by multiple people, the Church Leadership Center will not be held responsible for any audio or video problems that may result. Please review the group participation policy before registering.

What to expect

A webinar is first and foremost a chance to hear, in real time, a speaker present his or her thoughts on a given topic. In addition to listening, there are usually opportunities to ask questions, send chat messages, or make comments directly to the speaker. However, a webinar is not a videoconference. To learn more, please review the webinar policies.

Mobile Devices

Want to join our webinar on your mobile device or tablet? Look for WebEx in your device's app store.

 

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