Faith and Ministry in an Age of Anxious Groaning: Clinging to Hope for a Transformed Cosmos with the Apostle Paul
Scheduled to occur alongside Luther Seminary’s 2018 Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology, this extended KAIROS event will allow participants to take a fresh look at key aspects of Paul’s epistle. Topics expected to be covered include Paul’s views on sin and freedom, new creation, the basis and practices of Christian hope, the gospel as an expression of the power and love of God and the benefits of preaching Paul’s letters in the current cultural context.
During this interactive workshop, you will have opportunities to share your experiences as we introduce Sage-ing concepts, including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. We will explore images of aging and the role of spiritual development in the capstone chapter of life. Finally, we will begin the development of a personalized plan for our own eldering, including service to others and leaving a legacy.
Finding Peace and Freedom in the Holy Process of Forgiveness
Because messing up is a part of the human condition, forgiveness is an ongoing concern in our lives and in the lives of the people we serve. Forgiving, along with not forgiving, has a very powerful impact, and even takes on added importance as we age. When we begin to realize that we don’t have as much time left, we often feel an inherent urge to put our lives in order. There is a growing desire to release our burdens in our preparation to meet God with peace in our hearts. Forgiveness can be deeply rewarding as it heals emotional and spiritual distress and alleviates physical symptoms.
Empowered Laity—The Unfinished Reformation
An examination of the biblical, pastoral and practical implications of equipping laity to engage Jesus’ promise of “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.” Special attention will be given to overcoming the default understanding that not all the baptized are called to significant mission and ministry. Numerous stories will help illustrate what true empowerment looks like.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older – regardless of prior experience – who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During this two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
Mini-M.B.A. for Pastors and Church Leaders: Leading and Managing in a Complex Environment
Today’s pastor is expected to assume myriad leadership responsibilities not anticipated during seminary. In addition to preaching and teaching, pastors are expected to oversee complex budgeting processes, manage personnel, maintain facilities, form strategic and long-range plans for growth and development and promote the church through traditional markets and social networks. By the end of this week, you will have developed critical management skills and nurtured significant professional relationships with other pastors and church leaders.