These free, one-hour events are easy to join and all you need is a computer with speakers or headphones. To view previously recorded events visit the Webinar Recording Archive.
Scheduled Events for Fall 2015
Engaging Parents in Youth Ministries
October 20 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET (1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT; 12:00-1:00 p.m. MT; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT)
Parents are often an untapped resource, especially in Junior and Senior High youth ministries. Partnering well with parents in all areas of youth ministries...from nursery to Youth Group... will not only serve to strengthen youth programming, it will save leaders from feeling like they are competing for students’ time and family resources. Recent findings in resources like Sticky Faith and Hemorrhaging Faith agree that parents continue to be one, if not THE, strongest influence on a young person’s faith formation. This webinar explores how to both support and mine this most important youth ministry resource. REGISTER Please share your thoughts with the presenters in a brief, pre-webinar Parents and Youth Ministry Survey
Trained as both a teacher and pastor, Lesli van Milligen has co-pastored with her husband Tom for 17 years, focusing much of her ministry in the areas of church education and youth ministry. Lesli has recently joined the Faith Formation Ministries team as a Regional Catalyzer for the Eastern half of Canada. She hails from Guelph, Ontario and is serving as the Youth Champion for Classis Huron and Classis Toronto. She'll be joined by special guest Ron DeVries who serves as both the Youth Ministry Consultant for Classis Alberta North in Canada and as a Faith Formation Coach for the CRCNA.
Children & Worship: Helping Them to Experience God
October 28 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET (1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT; 12:00-1:00 p.m. MT; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT)
This webinar will contain key information on the Children & Worship program and why it is so effective in the spiritual development of young children. In addition to inspirational stories and practical suggestions, the presenter will discuss the Children &Worship program overview, spiritual formation in the young, how to get started, available resources, and stories of how C&W has impacted children, their families and their congregations. REGISTER
Olivia Stewart is the director of Young Children and Worship. Olivia is ordained and serves as the Minister of Children and Families for the Disciples of Christ, and also as Director for Children's Discipleship at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
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.
Oops: Stop Accidentally Offending People
November 4 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CT; 10:00-11:00 a.m. MT; 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT)
Jesus calls us to love people as he loves us. Yet, without even realizing it, we can be unloving in our words and our actions. In this interactive webinar, we'll give our top 10 lists for becoming more hospitable and loving in a diverse world, and give lots of opportunity for audience interaction. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, Project Developer and Team Leader for LEAP, Christian Reformed Church, Kate Kooyman, Coordinator for Restorative Justice, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church, Esteban Lugo, Director of Race Relations, Christian Reformed Church, and Mark Stephenson, Director of Disability Concerns, Christian Reformed Church.
The Church's Role in Ending Child Sexual Abuse
November 11 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CT; 10:00-11:00 a.m. MT; 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT)
One in four and one in six is NOT okay! One in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse. This is our cultural context, the living reality for people in our congregations. And this is the environment in which our children grow up. What is the role of the Church in the face of these horrific statistics? This webinar will take a look at how sexual abuse happens, what some of the impacts are, and then explore how churches can play a key role in ending this epidemic in our culture. It’s NOT OK! Join us to find out what we can do about it. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Bonnie Nicholas is currently serving as director of CRC Safe Church Ministry, equipping congregations in abuse awareness, prevention and response. Linda Crockett is currently serving as director of clergy and congregational care for Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is founder and director of Samaritan SafeChurch, a national initiative committed to ending child sexual abuse.
Using the Web to Plan Worship
This webinar will give practical and helpful information on finding and using a variety of web resources to plan worship. In addition to your favorite print resources, there is a wealth of information on the internet. We’ll give clear references on where to find things on the web, including denominational resources and helps, music sources, resources for including children, etc. Join us to add some helpful tools to your worship planning toolbox. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
To be announced.
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”.