These free, one-hour events are easy to join and all you need is a computer with speakers or headphones. We have concluded the Spring webinar series and new webinars are in the works for the 2015 Fall series. To view previously recorded events visit the Webinar Recording Archive.
Upcoming Topics for Fall 2015
The topics below are being considered for the Fall 2015 webinar schedule. If you're interested in one or more of these topics, use the links below to sign up to be notified when registration opens.
Safe Church Policy: Let’s Create One
A good safe church policy is one of the best ways to prevent abuse at church and also protect church staff and volunteers from false allegations and legal battles. Is your church protected? Every church has its own context and programs. There is no such thing as a standard safe church policy that can fit every church situation. In this webinar we'll discuss common key components for creating a good safe church policy and provide tools and resources needed so that you can create one for your church. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Bonnie Nicholas, LMSW is currently serving as director of CRC Safe Church Ministry, a ministry dedicated to equipping churches in abuse awareness, prevention and response. Before taking this position, she worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence, bringing a voice of faith to the table as she worked collaboratively with other organizations dealing with domestic and sexual violence in Ingham and Eaton Counties.
The Great Unraveling and Our Response
We all know the world has changed but understanding the impact that has had on the church and knowing how to respond are harder to figure out. In this webinar we’ll consider those changes, the implications and how they are by the work of the Spirit leading the church to a renewed understanding of what it means to be God’s people on God’s mission right where we live. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Karen Wilk is a National Team Member of Forge Canada’s Missional Training Network, and a Missional Leader Developer for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is also a neighbour, wife, mom, and minister who is leading her own neighborhood community. Karen is the Pastor of NEW (Neighbourhood Engagement Workers) Community in Edmonton, Alberta, where she actively engages church leadership in moving their congregations out into neighborhoods. Karen the author of Don’t Invite Them To Church: Moving From a Come and See to a Go and Be Church and was recently included in the Bridgeway Foundation’s list of top “100 Fantastic Canadian Christian Women Leaders”.
Stop the Silence! Let’s Talk!
When people experience a mental illness, most often their first reaction is to hide it from others. Shame and stigma are great barriers for people to overcome. Stigma causes death in the sense that veterans experiencing PTSD are unwilling to get help. Years ago, people were not free to talk about mental illnesses. Recently, thanks to many organizations we see a new trend of stigma busting. Talking about mental illnesses and their effects on individuals and families is a lonely journey. In this webinar we will learn how to open conversations about mental illnesses that are safe and supportive. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
June Zwier M.Div, works for Shalem Mental Health Network and Winnie Visser M.Div, is in private practice and works as a Congregational Care Coordinator. Both are marriage and family therapists. June worked in the mental health and social services field for 25 years and Winnie was a nurse on a psychiatric ward for 16 years. They have a passion to help churches become informed and supportive communities around people with mental illnesses. Both are resource consultants for Faith and Hope Ministries started by Classis Quinte in ON and are part of the Mental Health Task Force of Disabilities Concerns.