October 25, 2015

“Why Don’t My Children (and Grandchildren) Go to Church?”

Dr. David Lose, president of LTSP, will speak on this topic at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1:15 pm. It’s a common refrain, but unless we understand why and especially what’s different about the world our kids and grandkids are growing up in than the world in which we grew...

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August 29, 2015

Faith Forming Faith with Paul Hoffman

In the Northwest U.S., known as the land of “the Nones” (people with no religious affiliation), Pastor Paul Hoffman successfully used a process of faith formation and renewal called “The Way” for more than 10 years at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. He will visit Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Coatesville on Saturday, Aug. 29 to tell...

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May 8, 2015

Forward Together in Faith: Equipping

“Thanks to significant work by the people of the synod, God has cast a vision,” and now it is the time for the people of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (SEPA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to take on the work God is dreaming for them to do, said Jeff Kjellberg of Kairos Associates....

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February 26, 2015

Pre-Lenten Text Workshop

The Upper Bucks Conference of the SEPA Synod will once again host a noted teacher for a pre-Lenten workshop and retreat on Tuesday, February 3rd.  This year, the speaker will be Dr. Mark Oldenburg from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Dr. Oldenburg’s topic, “Proclaiming the Presence: The Pascha with Often Ignored Partners”, will explore...

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February 3, 2015

Ministry Partner: Communicators’ Network

Together as SEPA Synod we confidently declare it’s “God’s Work – Our Hands”.  Those of us who work in SEPA’s Communicator Network declare further that it’s “God’s Message – Our Channels” Who is a “communicator”?  It’s anyone in our congregations who is working in: Print communications Email Web and social media Video Multimedia for worship...

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January 13, 2015

Preaching in a Digital Age

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America As we become used to 140-character “tweets” and ephemeral updates and chats, preachers will have to work harder to earn and keep the attention of their listeners, according to “Preaching in a digital age,” a Lutheran article by our own RevWriter Sue Lang. In the article, LTSP President Dr. David Lose explains that people are saturated with...

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November 12, 2014

2014 Bishop’s Convocation – Generations of Generosity

For the first time in history, six generations are living and worshipping in our congregations simultaneously. To thrive congregations must find ways to relate to all of these cohorts, even though they respond to very different approaches to faith formation and institutional support. Join us at the 2014 Bishop’s Convocation as we explore the connection...

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August 25, 2014

Mediation Skills for Church Leaders

August 25-29 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, PA Sponsored by the Upper Susquehanna Synod Conflict is normal and inevitable – whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. Leaders in all walks of life often have a responsibility to help others work through their conflicts. The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard...

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July 21, 2014

Mutual Ministry: Making it Work

photo credit: Ken Rowland via photopin cc In October 2014, Pastor Sue Lang, of RevWriter Resources, LLC, one of the co-authors of Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), will offer a day-long workshop guiding participants through an exploration of mutual ministry and its exciting ministry possibilities for your congregation. It will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014...

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April 21, 2014

Communicating Effectively in a Digital Age

Amplify your message at this FREE communicators workshop! The SEPAComm Network gathering on Saturday, May 17 will be a time of learning, conversation and networking. Michael Moore of AugsburgFortress will offer an informative presentation on copyrights: an important issue for anyone working with newsletters, websites, social media, and video. Marsha Pearson, a local representative of ConstantContact,...

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April 11, 2014

Engaging With “Nones”

Last night (April 10) the Philadelphia Seminary’s “Exploring Series” hosted a program with New England Synod Bishop Jim Hazelwood conversing with four “Nones” with no church affiliation. Some quick observations about what “Nones” had to say: Welcoming people as they are and where they are on their faith journey is important. “Nones” can “smell” insincerity when they...

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March 29, 2014

Practice Discipleship – Working Together in Solidarity & Going Public

Working Together in Solidarity & Going Public is the third training session for Practice Discipleship. This is an opportunity for all congregational leaders to embrace a time to be faithful, thoughtful and intentional for ministry in the 21st Century. Learn more and register at https://community.ministrylink.org/practicediscipleship. For more information download the flyer – PracticeDiscipleship Working Together in Solidarity: The ministry...

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November 23, 2013

Practice Discipleship – Dog Eating Chicken & Theories of Culture

Dog Eat Chicken & Theories of Culture is the first training session for Practice Discipleship. This is an opportunity for all congregational leaders to embrace a time to be faithful, thoughtful and intentional for ministry in the 21st Century. Learn more and register at https://community.ministrylink.org/practicediscipleship. For more information download the flyer – PracticeDiscipleship Dog Eating Chicken...

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September 23, 2013

Systems Training in Upper Bucks

Family Systems training for clergy, religious leaders, and pastoral counselors will again be offered for the 2013-2014 school year through the Princeton Family Center for Education (PFCE).  This continuing education training grew out of the interest of Rostered Leaders in the Upper Bucks Conference last year, and brought together an enthusiastic ecumenical mix of leaders...

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September 22, 2013

Worship Training: Leading the Prayers of the People

Christ Ascension, Philadelphia is hosting workshops for assisting ministers, lectors and those who lead the prayers of the people. The goal is to help people feel confident and prepared to proclaim the good news through these important roles. The workshops will be led by Gail Ramshaw, who has many years of experience in these kinds...

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