Webinars

Webinars

CRC Communications is pleased to offer webinars to enable us to learn, share, and grow together. These free, one-hour events are easy to join and all you need is a computer with speakers or headphones. 

7 Reasons to Live Among, In and With Your Neighbourhood
September 17, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
Our theology, missiology, ecclesiology as well as today’s community developers all assert that neighbourhoods and being a good neighbour matter. In this webinar we will explore how and why living in, with and among your neighbours is so important. Register for this event.

Presenter
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’s 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 is 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”. 

Go and Tell Webinar
September 24, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
The “Go and Tell Webinar” will provide you with an overview of the Go and Tell Seminar while giving you the basic tools you need to “be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 6). This one-hour learning event, based on the Heidelberg Catechism, is an easy and practical way for you to be equipped to become a fisher of men. Register for this event.

Presenter
Reverend Jim Halstead is ordained with the CRC and has served as pastor of Community CRC in Fort Wayne, Indiana since January 2010. He’s pastored for over 25 years with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He’s currently serving as the Prayer Coordinator for Classis Kalamazoo. 

Domestic Violence and the Role of the Church
October 1, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
Domestic violence, or relationship abuse, is a hidden problem with devastating consequences for individuals and families. If not addressed, abuse tends to escalate, leading to physical and sexual violence and to hundreds of deaths each year. Well intentioned, but uninformed, responses may increase the risk of harm. The body of Christ has parts that, because of relationship abuse, are not able to fully function. This webinar is designed to help us understand the problem, so that we can recognize it and respond in practical and effective ways. Register for this event.
Presenter
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.

"Every Square Inch" in the Workplace
October 15, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
For many Christians there’s a disconnect between what goes on in church on Sunday, and what they do in the workplace on Monday. Yet Reformed Christians believe in principle that all of life is a calling, and that God’s Kingdom stretches to “every square inch” of the world. Could the church be more actively engaged in its members’ work lives? This webinar will explore ways in which the church and its leaders can equip and encourage members to see God in their workplace and to live out their faith as Kingdom workers there. Register for this event.

Presenter
Graham Seel is a commercial banking consultant with 30+ years of experience working in technology and business leadership roles in financial services. He is also licensed to exhort in the Christian Reformed Church, and as a preacher, teacher, writer and blogger has explored in some depth the challenges around practical living out of our faith in the workplace.

“Why Don’t They Just Snap Out of It?”
November 12, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
Have you ever asked this question after visiting someone for what seems the 100th time with no change in sight? Mood disorders and anxiety disorders are on the rise. Everyone knows a family member, a neighbour, co-worker, someone in your congregation or in your Elder’s district, your Deacon’s list or on your caregiver schedule. This webinar will give resources to walk alongside those who experience mental illnesses in a way that is supportive. Click here to be notified when registration opens.

Presenters
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.  

Listening Prayer
November 19, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. EST  (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
Since Adam and Eve, God has been speaking to human kind. Throughout the Bible, God’s people talked with God in conversation. Prayer is not about us doing all the talking, but engaging in relational dialog with God. In this webinar you will learn how to recognize the voice of God and what comprises "listening prayer" while we explore some of the many ways God speaks in scripture and still speaks today. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenter
Mary Sterenberg is a Commissioned Pastor of Prayer and Spirituality in the Christian Reformed Church.  She serves as the Prayer Mobilizer for the Christian Reformed Home Missions Great Lakes Region, and served for ten years as the Prayer Coordinator for Classis Grand Rapids South.  Mary assists with pastoral care at Discovery CRC.  She serves on the board of directors of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI), and is a member of the faculty of the Dunamis Institute (PRMI). Mary’s passion is for the bride of Christ to be healed, holy, unified, restored, revived, and empowered!

Everybody Serves: The Picture Needs Each Piece
December 3, 2014- 12:00 p.m. EST  (11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific)

Description
When the apostle Paul describes the church as the body of Christ, he paints a picture of inclusion, belonging, acceptance, and participation. Much like the picture on a puzzle box, we need to work at creating this picture piece by piece in our churches. Though each piece needs and contributes to those around it, too often people with disabilities are viewed only as needing but not giving to others around them. This webinar will teach ways to recognize that every individual, including persons with disabilities, has been created with gifts that are needed by the body of Christ. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenters
Shellie Power is the Director at Hope Centre Ministries, a Winnipeg based (CRC supported) ministry that provides spiritual care for individuals with disabilities, support for families with children with disabilities, as well as resources and training for churches as they seek to better include individuals with disabilities in their fellowship. Rev. Mark Stephenson is the Director of Christian Reformed Disability Concerns. Before this call, he pastored two congregations for 17 years. He and his wife Bev have four living children including Nicole, their oldest, who lives joyfully with severe multiple disabilities. Mark’s mother lived with dementia for her final 12 years.

Domestic Violence and the Role of the Church
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Description
Domestic violence, or relationship abuse, is a hidden problem with devastating consequences for individuals and families. If not addressed, abuse tends to escalate, leading to physical and sexual violence and to hundreds of deaths each year. Well intentioned, but uninformed, responses may increase the risk of harm. The body of Christ has parts that, because of relationship abuse, are not able to fully function. This webinar is designed to help us understand the problem, so that we can recognize it and respond in practical and effective ways. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenter
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.

Youth, Depression and Suicide

Description
The World Health Organization has reported that globally, depression is the number 1 cause of illness and disability in the 10 -19 year old age group, and suicide ranks 3rd among causes of death. Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children.  This webinar will discuss the issues of depression and suicide particular to youth and how we as a church can be equipped to be effectively helpful and supportive. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenters
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.  

From Pew to Neighbourhood

Description
With Scripture, stories and practical examples, this webinar will explore how every Christian/follower of Jesus can be on God’s mission right where they live by 1) recognizing that God is in the neighbourhood; at work in our neighbours, 2) keeping the 2nd greatest commandment loving their neighbours; and 3) being the Kingdom of God come near.  It concludes with some M-E-S-S-Y suggestions for pastors and other Christian leaders who want to equip and send their people to bear witness by being good neighbours.  Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenter
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”. 

Safe Church Policy: Let’s Create One

Description
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.
Presenter
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

Description
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.
Presenter
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!

Description
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.
Presenters
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.  

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