Webinars

Webinars

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.

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. Register for this event.
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.

 

Topics Under Consideration

The topics below are being considered for the Spring 2015 webinar schedule. If you're interested in one or more of these topics, use the links below to be notified when registration opens.

Five Factors of Significant Change (new)

Description
We all know that deep change in individuals or organizations is rare. Taking a descriptive approach to change, this webinar asks, "In these rare instances of deep change, what happened?" This webinar describes five factors that are present in virtually every instance of deep change. Understanding these five factors can help leaders analyze their own organization to see whether they are leading in ways that can maximize chances for significant change. The webinar also addresses how this descriptive approach to change relates to the role of God, the Spirit and prayer in change, and proposes an approach to change that appreciates both organizational and spiritual ways of framing the change process. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenter
Duane Kelderman currently serves as Interim Pastor for various Christian Reformed congregations. After serving three congregations from 1977 to 2001, Duane served as Vice President for Administration at Calvin Theological Seminary from 2001 to 2011 where he also taught courses in leadership and preaching. Since that time he has served as interim pastor, taught leadership related courses at Calvin College and Seminary, and served as leadership resource for a variety of organizations throughout western Michigan. Duane is currently a board member and officer for In Trust Center for Theological Schools—a institution dedicated to strengthening the governance and institutional capacity of theological schools.

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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