Continuing Education Ideas for Clergy


 Christianity 21: Faith in the 21st Century - Please let me know if you go or have been

21 Voices                                                                  

  21 Ideas

    21 Minutes Each

Christianity 21 will gather 21 of the most innovative Voices for Christianity's future, October 9-11, and give them each 21 minutes to share their passion. 



Theological Conversation with Jürgen Moltmann


          an Emergent Village gathering - Please let me know if you go or have been


In what has become the hallmark event of Emergent Village, JoPa Productions is thrilled to welcome Jürgen Moltmann as the dialogue partner for the 2009 Emergent Theological Conversation. Moltmann, one of the premier theologians of the 20th century, is known as the “theologian of hope.” This will be a unique opportunity to sit in conversation with a renowned theologian who has shaped the theological landscape.



·      Jay O’Callahan, Storyteller - Participant – Tom Elliot

Workshops are available in length from ninety minutes to a full week. Jay wants to establish a sense of ease and trust in every workshop. In a very simple way, Jay draws out memories which are the seeds of stories. Depending on the length of the workshop, Jay works with all of the elements of story. Everyone is creative and the workshops are a time to let the creativity blossom.


Stories are the way we understand life. A workshop can be a chance to explore your own story and examine the images that guide you. Or it can be more practical; a chance to explore sound and voice, rhythm and repetition in a story, or to discover how you structure a story. 


·      The Institute for Clergy Excellence – Participant, Alice Rogers


The Pastor is our friend, our counselor, our preacher and our spiritual guide. Pastors are called upon to be bi-lingual — speaking the language of new generational groups who are seeking connection with the Christian faith and long-term church members who are nourished by routine traditions. Shaping and leading excellent worship or stewardship is a moving target as pastors seek to sustain faithful, long-term members and simultaneously reach out to new-comers in the language, technology, and music of different generations and ethnic groups. At the center of The Institute for Clergy Excellence is the pastor, because we realize that clergy have the potential and ability to empower congregations who strive to make our world a better place.

It is for our pastors that ICE commits itself to a nurturing peer-group learning method of education and renewal. Participants join with other pastors in groups of eight to develop a continuing education proposal that will address the concern of “Developing Pastoral Excellence through Preaching and Worship” or “Faith and Money.”

ICE enables the pastor to step away from the issues of day-to-day ministries and fosters excellence through executive-level, self-designed peer group learning experiences that provide collegial support, spiritual nurture, and ongoing renewal in ministry. These efforts enhance clergy expertise leading to congregations with a renewed passion for ministry and focus for a world in need.

ICE is equipping:

                  15 peer groups

                  114 clergy

                  22 denominations from Florida to Indiana

                  400+ laity

to be advocates for the authentic presentation of the word, and realistic financial planning which reaches into the world with the transformative message of God.


·      The Disney Institute      Participant – Amy Morgan                                     

The longstanding reputation for incredible service and friendly employees at our destinations is not magic, it is sound ideology consistently applied in business.

This program is designed to help you improve your organization's quality service by immersing you in the successful Disney model. We will transport you to BEHIND-THE-SCENES AREAS as well as to the front line. You will observe our attention to detail and see for yourself how we train our Cast Members (employees) to treat our Guests (customers) as VIPs.

Through interactive exercises and classroom sessions, our professional facilitators invite you to discover how to match your organization's service standards with successful delivery systems that consistently promote and ensure quality service.

Come to Disney Institute, the only training destination with a living laboratory, where we offer you the opportunity to see how we provide the legendary service for which we are famous.


·      Speakeasy – Communication Development - Participant – John Simmons

Communication- its how you get thing done

Your power as a communicator has never been more important
than it is right now.


·      Qideas - Please let me know if you go or have been

Be exposed to over twenty presenters on a myriad of topics revolving around Culture, Future, Church, and Gospel, meant to engage and deepen your awareness of these key ideas. Learn from innovators, social entrepreneurs, entertainers, artists, church shapers, futurists, scientists, educators, historians, environmentalists and everyday people doing extraordinary things.


Work Directly with Local Theatre People

·      Brad Sherrill - Participant - Dave Benson

Brad has acted professionally in Atlanta since 1983. He was selected by Atlanta Magazine in 2000 as Atlanta's Best Dramatic Actor and by Creative Loafing (another Atlanta publication) in 2001 as Atlanta's Best Actor. He has performed in over 20 productions at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre and is an Artistic Associate for the Georgia Shakespeare Theatre where he has acted in 45 productions over 20 seasons. . In addition, he has performed over the years at every professional theater in Atlanta including Actor’s Express, Horizon Theater, Theater Emory, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. At his home church in Atlanta (Chamblee First United Methodist) where he premiered The Gospel of John in July 2000, Brad celebrated his 500th performance on Good Friday evening, March 21st, 2008.


·      Tom Key - Participant - Bob Winstead

Tom Key has been, since 1995, Executive Artistic Director of the acclaimed Theatrical Outfit at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta, a professional company giving dramatic voice to the themes of spirituality, race and community in the American South. As a solo performer, Tom Key has been in demand across North America for three decades, including appearances at The Lambs Theater off-Broadway, The John F. Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Theater Center, The Westwood Playhouse of Los Angeles, The Alliance Theater, Harvard and Yale Universities as well as Oxford University of England. He is well known as the actor and creator of the off-Broadway musical hit Cotton Patch Gospel—“Turns a whimsical Bible Story into an exuberant country western hoedown.” (Mel Gussow The New York Times). He has been featured in the award winning television series In the Heat of the Night and I’ll Fly Away, as well as the Mirimax Family Films Gordy, and The Adventures of Ociee Nash. For his performances, direction, or script adaptations based on works including Leonard Bernstein, Harry Chapin, Truman Capote, Saint John, Clarence Jordan, CS Lewis, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Hank Williams and Tennessee Williams, he has won critical praise from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Herald, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Most recently he directed the critically acclaimed world premiere at Theatrical Outfit of Thomas Ward’s Keeping Watch. Key’s dynamic as a performing artist has been described in the Atlanta publication, Creative Loafing, as: “An actor with such energy that even standing still, he seems to quiver like a divining rod.”.


Right Here in Atlanta  

Festival of Homiletics at Peachtree Road UMC - Participant - Bill Britt 

Join us May 18-22, 2009, in Atlanta for the 17th Festival of Homiletics. Over 2100 pastors from all denominations, from all 50 states, D.C., Canada, and several other countries (Australia, Bahamas, South Africa, Switzerland, UK) attended the Festival in Minneapolis in 2008! Register early since we anticipate that the conference will fill up quickly. Also make your hotel reservations very soon since Atlanta has another city wide event happening at the same time and hotel rooms will be limited.


Some of our speakers will address coming lectionary texts.

 This festival will include Liturgical, Blended, and Jazz Worship (and Gospel music).


Further Afield

 Chautauqua Institution - Let me know if you have been




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