Church of the Brethren
Virlina District
3402 Plantation Road, NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24012
(800) 847-5462
(540) 362-1816
Virlina District

Church of the Brethren
Continuing the Work of Jesus.  Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

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Music and Worship Resources

 

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Continuing Education for Ministers  (and people who just like to learn!)

"Ventures in Christian Discipleship" - Online Classes by McPherson College

The “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College is moving into its sixth year of providing useful, affordable education to small church congregations.  Ventures courses, while not for college credit, offer high-quality instruction. The goal of the program is to empower lay people, especially in smaller congregations, to more effectively carry out the work of discipleship, following in Jesus’ footsteps to transform ourselves and the world. 
Technology Requirements for Live Courses: If you can surf the web, you will be able to participate in our online courses! For the best experience, we recommend that you have a computer with high-speed internet connection and external powered speakers. We encourage several people to share a computer to participate in a course together! No camera or microphone needed for most courses.
Classes are held on their appointed days from 9 am - 12 pm CST.  All classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. To learn more about Ventures in Christian Discipleship and to register for courses, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.

The classes being offered include the following:

September 8, 2018, Debbie Roberts, “The Why and How of Conflict Engagement”
Explore the theory and practice of conflict engagement. Using the expertise of John Paul Lederach, Parker Palmer, and Tom Porter, we will explore various models of engagement, the importance of spiritual preparation when we are asked to help facilitate conversations between others who are in conflict, and some tools that can assist us in listening and responding in helpful and healing ways.
October 13, 2018, Tim Grove, “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - Part 1”
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - Part 1 The science of the past 30 years is painting a clear picture - when kids are exposed to overwhelming, unsupported adversity, there is profound effect for them and for all of us. This class will introduce the ACE findings, briefly discuss the neurobiology of stress and propose simple solutions that promote hope and healing. There will also be time at the end of the presentation for a dialogue regarding the implications for Ventures participants.
November 17, 2018, Tim Grove, “Trauma Informed Care (TIC) - Part 2”
We will briefly review and highlight the ACEs findings and dig deeper into the core concepts of TIC. We will focus specifically on the core concepts of regulation, relationship and reason to be as critical components of a connected and healthy world. We will also discuss how response to overwhelming adversity and trauma tends to create dysregulation, relational skepticism and pursuit of purpose that is often superficial and absent of meaning. The strategies discussed that create regulation, relationship and reason to be are also relevant for managing conflict and other relevant challenges of modern life.
(Part 1 not required to take Part 2)

Brethren Academy Classes and Information

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership (BAML) now has the ability to accept online registrations and payments for many of our programs. Students may register for English-language courses as well as make payments through the Bethany website. In addition to course fees, Directed Independent Study Unit fees, TRIM/EFSM enrollment fees and TRIM student yearly fees, are accepted online.

At this time, district fees, congregational fees, and Spanish-language program fees still need to be made by mailing a check to the Brethren Academy office.

To register or pay online, please visit bethanyseminary.edu/brethren-academy/. Look for the green Registration/Payment button on our home page or course listings page.

Classes:

Bivocational Ministry
Instructor: Sandra Jenkins
August 8 – October 2, 2018 (online)
Registration Deadline July 3, 2018
Course Brochure

Bivocational Ministry
Instructor: Sandra Jenkins
August 8 – October 2, 2018 (online)
Registration Deadline July 3, 2018
Course Brochure

Introduction To Hebrew Scriptures
Instructor:  Matt Boersma
October 17-December 11, 2018 (online)
Registration deadline: September 12, 2018
Course Brochure

Narrative Theology
Instructor: Scott Holland
November 1-4, 2018 (Bethany Theological Seminary)
Registration Deadline September 27, 2018
Course Brochure

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Check out https://www.lmpeacecenter.org/events-page/ for all sorts of classes and "clergy clinics" on various topics:

MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, whether in the home, school, community, church, or workplace. Having the skills to function effectively in emotionally intense, conflicted situations is important for all of us, especially those of us who are leaders.  Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has trained thousands of church leaders from a wide range of denominations in the skills that are needed to deal with conflict in the church setting through its Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders.    READ MORE

ADVANCED CLERGY CLINIC IN FAMILY EMOTIONAL PROCESS

The Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting.  It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one’s ministry, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition that has implications for all aspects of life.  This clinic is especially geared towards pastors, interim pastors, judicatory officials, church consultants, and leaders of other religious organizations.    READ MORE

CLERGY CLINIC IN FAMILY EMOTIONAL PROCESS

The Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting.  It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one’s ministry, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition which has implications for all aspects of life.   READ MORE

CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION SKILLS FOR CHURCHES

The Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner.   READ MORE

HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS

The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose.   READ MORE

LEADERSHIP AND ANXIETY IN THE CHURCH

We live in an age of increased anxiety, which impacts church systems and leaders. Family systems theory offers a way of understanding congregational dynamics and anxiety. This seminar looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.   READ MORE

FACILITATING HEALTHY PASTOR-CONGREGATION RELATIONS

The Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations workshop is intended to help congregations design systems for enhancing the relationship between churches and their pastoral leadership. Currently the church is experiencing something of a crisis in the pastorate system. Clergy morale is at an all-time low, with pastors under attack like never before. The net result is an increasing incidence of involuntary pastoral terminations, which leave a lasting legacy of pain in congregations. Such a trend can only be reversed if the church is willing to reexamine some of the ways that the pastorate system has functioned in recent years. Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations would be an appropriate workshop for pastors, lay leaders and other church members, or judicatory staff and committees.   READ MORE 

CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE 

CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE IN ROANOKE – BEGINS JULY 29, 2018

The next class to be held at the Roanoke Center will be PREACHING, taught by J. Stuart Kelly. Textbooks for the class are: Taylor, Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life. Cowley Publications, 7th printing, copyright 1993. Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. Published by Westminster John Knox Press, Second Edition, copyright 2005. These are both available on Amazon. The Sunday afternoon classes will be held on July 29, August 5, August 26, and September 9, 2018 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA. Tuition for the class will be $75.00 and students are responsible for purchasing the necessary textbooks. For more information or to obtain an application please contact Judy Mills, Center Coordinator. Phone: (540) 992-1980, E-mail: <pioneermom2805@yahoo.com>;.  Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration form by July 20, to: Judy Mills, Roanoke Center Coordinator, 2805 Nace Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090-4515. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers taking the class.

PRACTICE OF MINISTRY DAY - AUGUST 5, 2018

The 2018 Practice of Ministry Day will be Saturday, August 5, 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Stone Church of the Brethren, 2162 Forest Avenue, Buena Vista, VA 24416-2734. The focus this year is “Communication with Pastor and Parish.” Marty Barlow, John Jantzi, Tabitha Rudy and David Shumate will be presenters on subjects such as “Anger Management”, “Social Media”, and “Politics and the Church.” CEU credit is available for ordained ministers.

To learn more about the Christian Growth Institute, check out it's page here

Church of the Brethren office of Ministry

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Christian Education / Bible Study Resources

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 Resources for our Life Together as the COB

 

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Books and periodicals located at the District Resource Center

Coming soon!    And, if you're interested in helping....

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