Family Faith Formation

Stevenson School of Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Faith formation most sustainably happens as part of normal family life.  Our most committed families prior to the pandemic were only in parish formation programming once a week, most far less than that.  The challenges of a post-COVID life have caused us to be even more concerned that families may not return to regular gathered …
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Faith Development in Community

Stevenson School of Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Designed for Vestry leaders, Shaped by Faith Teams and congregations, and clergy.  Attendance and membership numbers give us some good information about our congregations, but they’re not the whole story. Faith Development in Community offers a lens to help us see all the different ways people are engaging with and being fed by what our …
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Reawakening the Oral Tradition of the Bible

Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (The) (SSJD)

Biblical Storytelling belongs to all God’s people. The Bible came out of a storytelling culture and we want to re-awaken the power and the beauty of that living voice. In this retreat we will uncover the hidden pattern found in every biblical story, a pattern placed there to guide the ancient storytellers. We will use …
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Church History: Wisdom for Mission

Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership (CALL)

Registration is now open for the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership’s Winter 2022 session. CALL offers a selection of seven-week online continuing education courses for laypeople and clergy. The Winter 2022 session runs January 17 to March 7. This course will explore the history of Christianity by focusing on snapshots of it in different …
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So You Want to Facilitate the Mission Action Plan Process…

Niagara School for Missional Leadership

Creating a parish mission action plan is about intentional listening for the Spirit, prayer, engagement with parishioners, and a willingness to risk a bit. The plan, which is completed in four one-hour gatherings, is comprised of two to three initiatives in three areas: Adult Faith Formation, Changing Parish Culture, and Community Engagement. Leaders for each …
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Introduction to a Missional New Monasticism

Niagara School for Missional Leadership

New Monasticism might sound strange to those of us within the church because it conjures up images of people being overly pious and wearing medieval clothing. It does, however, very accurately describe when a community comes together intentionally to commit to a rhythm of daily life, to pray and meditate contemplatively, to be radically shaped …
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Living as a Christian in a World That’s Not: Reading the Acts of the Apostles

Montreal Diocesan Theological College

Many 21st-century Christians in North America grew up experiencing the world around us as “Christendom.” Although our cultures and institutions have been shaped by the Christian tradition, for the most part the world around us no longer shares our faith in Jesus Christ.  The church was born in such a world. Arising as a branch …
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Practicing Evangelism in a Post-Christendom World

Vancouver School Of Theology

In her classic book on evangelism Out of the Saltshaker Rebecca Pippert confesses that there was a time when, “there was a part of me that secretly felt evangelism was something you shouldn’t do to your dog, let alone a friend.” On the surface many kind-hearted mainline Protestants in Canada today would agree. Many folks …
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Theologies and Practices of Music in Christian Worship

Vancouver School Of Theology

Music often has a central place in Christian worship, whether in the form of guitar by the campfire, pipe organ and choir, rhythmic drumming, acapella congregational singing, gentle piano accompaniment, chant, or amplified band, among many other possibilities. This course explores a diversity of expressions of music in worship from theological, historical, and practical perspectives. …
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Paul–NT501

Vancouver School Of Theology

This course introduces students to Paul the Apostle as a person, as a Christ-believer, as apostle-preacher-pastor-missionary, to the disputed and undisputed Pauline letter corpus in the New Testament, to major themes of Paul’s theologies, and to Paul’s role in the formation of early Christianity. These studies will be situated in the social, cultural, and theological …
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