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Our faith-formation leaders work hard to learn the methods, strategies and knowledge they need to stay sharp and current so they can serve God’s people most effectively.

Faith Formation Education

United Lutheran Seminary – One of seven ELCA seminaries, ULS offers graduate degree programs and continuing education opportunities at its campuses in Gettysburg and Philadelphia.

The Stevenson School for Ministry – Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania’s educational outreach offers vocational and continuing training for ministry professionals, as well as enrichment for all of God’s people.

The Parish Resource Center – Based in Lancaster, Parish Resource Center works with churches and nonprofits to help increase the capacity of their staff, volunteers, and boards to meet their goals and mission.

Synodical Opportunities:

Thursday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m.: “The Basics of Making and Sharing Videos” Zach Weiss, who has a degree in film making, will be sharing information and resources about how to make and share videos for your ministry.  This conversation will start with the basics and will include time to answer your questions.  Click here to register.

Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.: “Best Financial Stewardship Practices for the COVID-19 Era” The virus crisis is changing how we do church in so many ways, and this certainly includes how we handle continue to invite people into the financial support of our churches. This hour-long webinar will look at some strategies to help your congregation continue to fund ministry for the crisis and beyond. Taught by Rob Blezard, assistant to the bishop and stewardship specialist. Click here to register

Tuesday, June 2, at 5 p.m.: “Annual Stewardship Campaign Basics” Rob Blezard of the synod staff offers a free webinar that will look at some common types of annual campaigns, review free or low-cost resources, and most importantly, look at how to get the planning under way with enough time to get it done right. Ideal for a congregation that has not had a campaign, or perhaps not for some time.  Click here to register.

Thursday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m.: “Parking Lot Worship” Join Reverends Richard Jorgensen and Mary Anne Kingsborough for a conversation about parking lot worship.  Click here to register.

Other Offerings:

Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m.: “Retirement and Taxes”  Thrivent Member Network is offering a free webinar, Retire Safe & Secure, with IRA Expert, Ed Slott. It will focus on how to protect your retirement savings. Slot combines his extensive IRA tax knowledge with humor and stories that anyone can relate to. Click here to register.

Thursday, June 4, at 8:30 p.m.: “Multi-generational Generosity for Christian Leaders”  Thrivent hosts this free webinar to inform your understanding of how different generations view generosity and to fuel your creativity with tactical solutions for how to engage generations today and in the future. Click here to register.

Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m.: “Cash Flow, Management, Budgeting and Church Financial Strategies in 2020” Horizons Stewardship hosts an interactive webinar with Stan Reiff, Partner and Professional Practice Lead at CapinCrouse, audit and accounting firm serving faith-based nonprofits, and Joe Park, CEO at Horizons Stewardship, to discuss how to manage cash flow during uncertain giving seasons. Click here for details and registration.