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.

Topics Under Consideration for Spring 2015

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 sign up to be notified when registration opens.

Introduction to Spiritual Warfare (new)

Description
Are Satan and demons real and active in our world today? Barna Group research demonstrates that over 50% of self-described born-again Christians do not believe that Satan is a real, personal being. This webinar explores why a western worldview has caused the Church and individual Christians to often ignore or deny the reality of Satan and the demonic and, in contrast, what a biblical worldview would have us believe about spiritual realities and their potential impact in our lives.  Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenter
Jeff Stam is an ordained CRC pastor who served 8 years as missionary with CRWM to Central America. He is the founder and current International Director of Set Free Ministries based in Grand Rapids, MI and author of the book Straight Talk about Spiritual Warfare: What the Bible Teaches, What You Need to Know.

Healthy Boundaries in Ministry Relationships (new)

Description
Healthy boundaries provide a container for effective ministry. But knowing where to draw the boundary lines is not always easy. There are many factors to consider; it can get complicated. Those who attend this webinar will have an opportunity to explore how healthy boundaries enhance ministry, how power dynamics influence ministry relationships, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls that lead to boundary violations, conflict, and potential harm. Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenters
Denise Posie serves the CRC as Pastor-Congregation Consultant with Pastor-Church Relations, which supports churches in times of transition and discernment. Bonnie Nicholas serves the CRC as Director of Safe Church Ministry, which equips congregations in abuse awareness prevention and response. Denise and Bonnie bring a wealth of experience working with individuals and congregations, including those that have experienced the horrific devastation that can result when boundaries are violated. 

Icebergs in History - The Doctrine of Discovery (new)

Description
Synod 2016 is scheduled to receive a report on the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD).  As the Doctrine of Discovery Task force, we're looking below the surface to learn more of our story as a church in North America.  We're particularly interested in how the DoD may have shaped our relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Join us in struggling with key questions:  What is the DoD?  Why is it important? And what does it have to do with ministry today? Click here to be notified when registration opens.
Presenters
Mike Hogeterp is Chair of the Doctrine of Discovery Task Force (DoDTF) and staffs the Centre for Public Dialogue - a Justice and Reconciliation ministry of the CRC and RCA in Canada.  Mark Charles is a member of DoDTF and a member the Navajo Nation. Mark leads  Five Small Loaves, a grass-roots ministry dedicated to racial reconciliation through honest education, conversation and action. 

Five Factors of Significant Change

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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