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2016 SLT Seminar Selections

Please choose FOUR seminars when you register online, one in each time slot.
FULL DESCRIPTIONS of each workshop are available BELOW.

Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:15 (choose one)

Worship and Oasis- Matt and Liz Myer Boulton
Resilient Ministry- Anne Kaufman Weaver
Praying Beyond Words- Laura Lehman
“Come Away With Me”…caring for self while caring for others- Sandy Wenger and Hannah Wenger Richter
Liturgy as Spiritual Oasis- Eric Kouns

Tuesday afternoon, 3:45-5:00 (choose one)

Vulnerability and leadership- Jim Smucker and Ann Hershberger
Tough and Tender: Spiritual Practices for Resilience in Ministry- Aaron Kauffman
Feasting with Jesus, Resting with Mary- Paul Stutzman
An eightfold path to Christian spirituality- Gordon Houser
God, Us, Music: The role of music in creating a liturgy of life- Seth Crissman and Greg Yoder

Wednesday morning, 11:00-12:15 (choose one)

Worship and Oasis- Matt and Liz Myer Boulton
Resilient Ministry- Anne Kaufman Weaver
Praying Beyond Words- Laura Lehman
“Come Away With Me”…caring for self while caring for others- Sandy Wenger and Hannah Wenger Richter
Liturgy as Spiritual Oasis- Eric Kouns

Wednesday afternoon, 1:45-3:15 (choose one)

Vulnerability and leadership- Jim Smucker and Ann Hershberger
Tough and Tender: Spiritual Practices for Resilience in Ministry- Aaron Kauffman
Feasting with Jesus, Resting with Mary- Paul Stutzman
An eightfold path to Christian spirituality- Gordon Houser
God, Us, Music: The role of music in creating a liturgy of life- Seth Crissman and Greg Yoder

Matt and Liz Myer Boulton – keynote speakers
In this hands-on, interactive workshop, Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton and Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton will develop the key ideas in their keynote addresses in terms of concrete strategies for congregational worship.

Anne Kaufman Weaver – Leadership Coach
No doubt ministering in the 21st century provides numerous stressors and challenges, however, there are ample strategies for surviving and thriving in ministry. A Resilient Ministry Care Plan with recommended practices by other pastors will be explored. Evidence and experience support the benefit of paying attention to spiritual care, self-care, cultural care, relationship care, and leadership care in the midst of the demands of ministry. Participants in the workshop will walk away with data from other pastors as well as a tool for developing his/her own Resilient Ministry Care Plan.

Laura Lehman – EMS Director of Admissions/Marketing Coordinator

Words are only one of the ways we can communicate with God and allow God to speak to us. During this experience we will explore ways to pray alone and in groups that involve all five senses and various learning styles.

Sandy Wenger and Hannah (Wenger)- Spiritual Director/Health Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist/Health Coach
This mother-daughter team offers self-care suggestions for mind/body/spirit. An experiential aspect of the seminar includes a time of guided imagery – “going away” to relax in God’s arms. Take a break from caring for others and learn how to care for your own needs. Be a healthy leader.

Eric Kouns – Blogger and Church Planter
The Christian church has used liturgical forms in worship since its earliest days. The New Testament contains examples of prayers and hymns which the early church likely used as part of its worship liturgy. Liturgical forms give balance and coherence to public worship and connect the contemporary church to its pre-Reformation traditions. In addition to providing form and structure for worship, the mystery and beauty of the liturgy can nourish a lean spirit and renew a weary soul. Building on the presenter’s personal testimony of the healing and restorative character of liturgy, this workshop will invite participants to experience liturgy as “spiritual beauty that feeds our souls.”

Jim Smucker and Ann Hershberger –Graduate Dean, EMU & Faculty member, EMU
Vulnerability can be a gift to our leadership roles, and is in fact necessary for people to lead authentically. But being vulnerable requires the courage to be imperfect. And in today’s church and organizational climate, leaders who allow their imperfections to be exposed are often fearful of finding their leadership positions threatened.

To lead authentically requires that we get to a place where we can fully embrace being vulnerable – where we have the courage to be imperfect, to have compassion for ourselves, and a willingness to let go of who we think we should be and relax into who we are.
This seminar will include input, group exercises, and tools to help each of us understand that when we act out of our authentic being, we have all that God needs to help build his kingdom on earth and that ultimately, the ability to be vulnerable requires that we believe we are worthy of God’s unconditional love.

Aaron Kauffman – Director, Eastern Mennonite Missions
Crisis shows us what we’re really made of. Whether we face hardship, conflict, or apparent failure in ministry, our reactions to these challenges reveal our spiritual substance. As Jesus put it, “The tree is known by its fruit” (Mt 12:33). How can we become the kinds of leaders who are tough enough to stand up under pressure, yet tender enough to adapt and grow? How can we make space for God to renew and transform our being, so that kingdom life flows through our doing, even in difficult times? Come rediscover spiritual practices that will root you ever more deeply in Christ’s love and, by God’s grace, yield an abundance of Spirit-fruit in your life and ministry.

Paul Stutzman –Pastor, Fraternity Church of the Brethren
The story of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) reminds us that sometimes pastors and church leaders can become so caught up in preparing for the Lord’s Supper that they are unable to rest with Jesus, experiencing the joy of his presence, receiving healing, and learning truth. Participants in this workshop will learn about the Love Feast, an early church worship meal that is still celebrated today, often with footwashing and Communion. The workshop will include a special time of preparation and healing for pastors and leaders: a time for those, who so desire, to receive the gift of footwashing from the hands of senior church leaders.

Gordon Houser – Editor, The Mennonite
In this seminar eight spiritual practices that help us experience more fully God’s presence with us each moment will be explored. For each practice a helpful book resource and a searching personal question will lead participants’ thinking and engagement.

Seth Crissman and Greg Yoder – singers/songwriters The Walking Roots Band
Come participate, listen and share while exploring God’s movement in our individual and corporate lives through music. This seminar will engage a theology of music that speaks to all of life as we seek to frame all of our days in praise, lament, confession and thanksgiving. We will also reflect on music as a tool for both responding to and shaping our lives together.

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