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Rev. Bill Inglish Recipient of 2021 Marshall Award

Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Inglish was recognized for his years of ministerial excellence by the alumni of Phillips Theological Seminary with the Frank H. Marshall Award. The presentation took place during the annual “Remind & Renew” event at Phillips Theological Seminary on January 28, 2021.

Click here to watch the video presentation.

2021-02-03T14:16:46-06:00Feb 3, 2021|Clergy News|Comments Off on Rev. Bill Inglish Recipient of 2021 Marshall Award

Webinars: Caring in Crisis Tuesday Briefs

Caring In Crisis: Tuesday Briefs Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the Winter 2021 free webinar series, “Caring in Crisis: Tuesday Briefs”. It is sponsored by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma, Crisis Care Ministries, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The series of one hour webinars for leaders is scheduled for Tuesdays starting February 2, 2021, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Registration and details.

Faith and community leaders are facing historic challenges, testing the limits of our creativity, strength, and resilience. In this sequel to the very popular Fall 2020 “Caring for Your Congregation and Community During Crisis” webinar series, experienced specialists in disaster response, recovery, health, mental health, and congregational and family life offer their expertise to help leaders gain new skills and knowledge to face the difficult crises impacting our communities.

Webinar Titles

  • Shroud of Grief: The Cost of Cumulative Sorrow – 2/2/2021
  • The Early Days Following an Oklahoma Disaster – 2/9/2021
  • Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma – 2/16/21
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia: 10 Warning Signs – 2/23/21
  • Providing Support to Your Community After a Traumatic Loss – 3/2/21
  • Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness – 3/9/21
  • An Overview of Domestic Violence 3/23/21
  • What Emergency Managers Wish Faith Leaders Knew – 4/6/21
  • Increasing Your Racial Justice IQ – 4/13/21
  • The Housing and Employment Crisis – 4/20/21
  • Preventing Suicide in Faith Communities: A Conversation of Hope – 4/27/21
  • In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors – 5/4/21
  • What Faith and Community Leaders Need to Know about 211 – 5/11/21

Click here for presenter bios.

Free Webinar Series Presented By

Presenters Include Representatives From

211 of Eastern Oklahoma
American Red Cross
The Alzheimer’s Association
Catholic Charities (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)
Crisis Care Ministries
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Logan County Emergency Management
The National Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
The Oklahoma District Attorneys Counil
Restore Hope Ministries
The Salvation Army

Need Continuing Education?

Attendance certificates (PDF format) are available for all courses. Check with your affiliating organization for applicability.

About Registration

Register for individual sessions. Registration closes 24 hours before the session.
100 spaces available for each session.

Click here to register.

2021-02-04T11:32:07-06:00Jan 26, 2021|Clergy News|Comments Off on Webinars: Caring in Crisis Tuesday Briefs

Faith Community Nurses’ Association Virtual Conference

Registration Underway for Faith Community Nurses’ Conference

The 14th Annual Faith Community Nurses’ Association Virtual Conference “Finding Peace Through Spiritual Self Care” will be held March 5, 2021. The conference will educate the Faith Community Nurse and church leaders to

  • define serenity for spiritual self-care of the faith community nurse,
  • list three spiritual practices that could be used to help find peace, reduce anxiety, develop acceptance of own limitations, and increase own trust in God,
  • discuss how prayer, quiet time, nature, and intimacy with scripture increase inner peace and decrease anxiety,
  • and identify positive habits to develop increased trust in God and thereby enhance personal serenity.

The message of John 14: ” Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” will guide the day. This virtual conference will provide spiritual practices needed to guide nurses and health ministers interested in spiritual self-care.

Online registration is available only through Survey Monkey

Registration for the one-day for the FCNA OK Member is $55 for payments received before 2/7/2021. Non FCNA OK Member $80 for payments received before 2/7/2021.

Clergy $60 for payments received before 2/7/2021.

Call or check online for rates after 2/7/21.

FCNA OK is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course is approved for 6.25 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number LT0298-0316, KAR 60-7-107 (b)(3)(C).

For registration and brochure, see the FCNA website downloads page or register online through Survey Monkey and pay by https://www.PayPal.me/FCNAOK or contact fcnaok@gmail.com.

2021-01-25T15:24:55-06:00Jan 25, 2021|Clergy News|Comments Off on Faith Community Nurses’ Association Virtual Conference

Infographic of COVID-19 Congregational Impact

Infographic of COVID-19 Congregational Impact Survey by Pension Fund

In September and October of 2020, the Pension Fund did a survey of congregations they serve across the country concerning COVID and its impact on the congregation and the community.  There were eight hundred and eight completed surveys.  Here is the infographic of the final survey results which you might find interesting.

Click here to download a pdf document of the infographic.

2020-11-17T08:57:40-06:00Nov 17, 2020|Clergy News, Congregations|Comments Off on Infographic of COVID-19 Congregational Impact

Lexington Seminary Webinars: Creating Vital Congregations

Practical Help for Laity and Clergy

Lexington Theological Seminary is offering the Creating Vital Congregations webinar series to help equip pastors, church leaders and members alike with tools to address a wide variety of issues facing congregations today. The 2-hour workshops (1:30-3:30 pm ET) cost $10 per log-in with unlimited number of participants so are easily accessible for church leadership groups.

Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Register here

For more information contact Ms. Deena Ainslie (859) 280-1212 or dainslie@lextheo.edu

Congregational Conflict
Oct. 17, 2020 • Rev. Dr. Aimee Moiso

Imagining a New World
Nov. 7, 2020 • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens

You Cannot Serve God and Money: Today’s Global Debt System as a Moral and Pastoral Emergency
Jan. 23, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

365 Days of Giving: Examining Generosity and Gratitude in Complex Times
Feb. 6, 2021 • Aimee A. Laramore

Intergenerational Ministry
March 20, 2021 • Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove

Leadership in the Multicultural World
April 24, 2021 • Rev. Lori Tapia

Dinner Church
May 22, 2021 • Rev. Rachel Nance Woehler & Rev. Tim Kim

2020-10-06T08:49:50-05:00Oct 6, 2020|Clergy News|Comments Off on Lexington Seminary Webinars: Creating Vital Congregations

Webinars: Caring for Your Congregation During Crisis

Caring for Your Congregation and Community During Crisis Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the Fall 2020 free webinar series, “Caring for Your Congregation and Community During Crisis”. It is sponsored by The Oklahoma United Methodist Conference, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma, and Crisis Care Ministries. The series of one hour webinars for leaders is scheduled for most Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 29, 2020, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Download a flyer.

Faith and community leaders are facing historic challenges, testing the limits of our creativity, strength, and resilience. In this free webinar series, experienced specialists in disaster response, recovery, health, mental health, and congregational and family life offer their expertise to help leaders gain new skills and knowledge to face the difficult crises impacting our communities.

Webinar Titles

  • COVID Conversations for Faith Communities – 9/29/20
  • Where are We? The Spiritual and Emotional Phases of the COVID-19 Disaster – 10/6/20
  • Explaining COVID-19 to Children – 10/8/20
  • The Disillusionment Phase: Assisting Others and Ourselves in Long-Term Recovery – 10/13/20
  • Ministry in an Age of Pandemic – 10/15/20
  • Providing Support to Schools After a Traumatic Loss – 10/20/20
  • In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors including COVID-19 – 10/22/20 & 11/10/20
  • Providing Support to Your Community After a Traumatic Loss – 10/27/20
  • Introduction to Stress First Aid – 10/29/20
  • Taking the Long View With Faith – 11/5/20
  • Managing Holidays in a COVID-19 Environment – 11/19/20
  • Navigating Political and Cultural Polarization Among Family and Friends – 11/24/20
  • Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness – 12/1/20
  • Caring for Those with Access and Functional Needs – 12/3/20
  • National VOAD Disaster Emotional Care & Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines – 12/8/20

Click here for detailed webinar descriptions and presenter bios.

Free Webinar Series Presented By

Crisis Webinar Sponsor Logos

Presenters Include Representatives From

Catholic Charities (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)
Crisis Care Ministries
Heart and Mind Pastoral Counseling
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Temple B’Nai Israel (Oklahoma City)
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma
The National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee
The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Oklahoma Department of Health
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team/SRT Inc.
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Need continuing education?

Attendance certificates (PDF format) are available for all courses. Check with your affiliating organization for applicability.

About Registration

Register for individual sessions. Registration closes 24 hours before the session.
100 spaces available for each session.

Click here to register.

2020-10-05T08:12:55-05:00Oct 4, 2020|Clergy News|Comments Off on Webinars: Caring for Your Congregation During Crisis

Worship Design Studio Webinars for Advent and More

Dr. Marcia McFee Multi-Session Planning Webinars

The Worship Design Studio is offering live stream webinars for planning creative worship experiences. The liturgical year starts anew with the season of Advent. You will likely be taking a very different approach to worship during one of the busiest times of the year.

Whether you are anticipating making alterations to your community’s most beloved traditions or looking for some fresh ideas to bring comfort, hope, and peace to the folks in your care these webinars offered by nationally-known Dr. Marcia McFee can help.

The Advent/Christmas session took place August 12th but is recorded and available. You may watch the first session free.

Register to get access or subscribe for all six webinars to prepare for the entire 2020-2021 liturgical year.

Webinar Sessions

(Free) Design Webinar (Recorded July 29)
Deep dive into the creative process and tips for planning ahead in changing times.

Advent & Christmas Planning (Recorded August 12)
Immerse yourself in the theology and scriptures of the season while demonstrating online and adapted sanctuary ideas and techniques for making the season special even and especially in these difficult times.

Epiphany “Plus” Planning (September 16)
It is difficult to know what circumstances we will be in at the beginning of 2021 year when this season starts. Discern together how to invite people to new depths of spiritual resilience and transformation no matter what the circumstances.

Lent Ideas to Simmer – October 14
Lent planning explores the theological themes and scriptures of Lent but hold this lightly – let the ideas “simmer” until the next session after the onslaught of Advent/Christmas.

Lent Planning & Holy Week – January 6
Land on your Lent series decision and move quickly to start the production and details. Includes accompanying Holy Week scripts.

Easter Season Planning – February 10
Dive into the theology and planning of the season of resurrection and pray we are celebrating the life we have found even in the midst of this pandemic. We are an ever-renewing “Easter people” after all.

2020-10-06T11:06:09-05:00Sep 4, 2020|Clergy News|Comments Off on Worship Design Studio Webinars for Advent and More

Pension Fund Webinar: Clergy Financial Wellness

Ministers’ financial lives are complicated: salaries are varied, some are burdened with debt, and they want to be generous as well as save for the future. Learn how to cut through the confusion and about new resources that will help answer your toughest money questions so you can find your path to financial wellness.

Join Rev. Thomas McCracken with Pension Fund of the Christian Church at 3:30 pm (CT) on September 15, 2020. This webinar will explore elements of clergy compensation and share how Pension Fund is finding new ways to support clergy and their congregations.

At Pension Fund, our mission is For the Support of Ministry and we want to walk alongside you on the road to financial wellness.

Click here to register

Questions?

Rev. Thomas McCracken, Area Director
214-862-5612 • tmmccracken@pensionfund.org • www.pensionfund.org

2020-09-03T11:30:29-05:00Sep 3, 2020|Clergy News|Comments Off on Pension Fund Webinar: Clergy Financial Wellness

Faithful, Hopeful, Loving Annual Stewardship Campaign

Are you planning a season of stewardship? Do you need resources to help you?

The Oklahoma Disciples Foundation just hosted a webinar with The Center for Faith & Giving with Rev. Bruce Barkhauer. Rev. Barkhauer provided wonderful information and words of encouragement reminding us that even in the midst of a pandemic, stewardship is still valuable and a faithful act of discipleship. He has also prepared a document called “Essentials” to help us think theologically about the way forward when we don’t know exactly what to prepare for. Regardless of the circumstances, he says, our faith practices may look different, but they are still vital to loving and serving like Jesus. This certainly includes stewardship.

On your behalf, the Region invested in the 2020 Faithful, Hopeful, Loving Annual stewardship campaign materials and resources from the Center for Faith & Giving. Every minister serving a local congregation in Oklahoma now has access to these wonderful resources. Please use these resources as your church plans and encourages continued stewardship.

Downloads

If you have trouble accessing any of this information, please contact the Regional office or you may contact Rev. Bruce Barkhauer directly at 317-635-3100 or The Center for Faith and Giving.

May God’s blessing of abundance and joy continue to be upon you and your congregation.

Peace & God’s Grace,

Pam

2020-08-27T14:26:08-05:00Aug 27, 2020|Clergy News|Comments Off on Faithful, Hopeful, Loving Annual Stewardship Campaign

Commission on Clergy Announces Ordinations

Ordination into Christian Ministry

In May 2020, the Commission on Clergy approved CeCe Jones-Davis and Gregory Chambers for ordination. CeCe Jones-Davis, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, will be ordained by Edmond Trinity Christian Church on August 30, 2020 via Zoom.

Gregory Chambers, a graduate of Brite Divinity School, will be ordained by New Hope Christian Church, Oklahoma City in a gathering on May 30, 2021.

We celebrate and welcome CeCe and Gregory to ordained ministry!

2020-08-12T14:09:16-05:00Aug 12, 2020|Clergy News|Comments Off on Commission on Clergy Announces Ordinations