Blue Whirl Webinars are not only named after The Ministry Lab’s logo: by a beautiful synergy of religious symbolism and scientific discovery, a “blue whirl” is a newly-discovered phenomenon in which four separate types of flame combine into a blue fire-tornado that burns without soot: a tool researches hope will lead to more environmentally friendly oil-spill clean-ups and perhaps cleaner energy.
Blue Whirl Webinars bring together a guest presenter, church leaders, The Ministry Lab facilitator, and the Holy Spirit, four flames combining to “clean-up” tired ministries and energize leaders and communities for new life – hopefully without leaving any environmental hazards in our wake!
Featured This Week
Weeks when we are not sponsoring our own discussions, we highlight other webinars or podcasts of particular timeliness and helpfulness.
Highlighted webinars are listed roughly from most immediate to furthest out:
COURAGEOUS CHURCH SUMMIT: REIMAGINING OUR COMMON GROUND FOR THE COLLECTIVE GOOD
The Courageous Church Summit provides a critical look at where we are now and how we get to a more sustainable and equitable future. Through interviews with influential North American faith leaders in activist-oriented congregations, the Summit equips virtual leaders with the audacity, connections, and practical advice to be active leaders in an emerging movement for change.
20 Presenters/5 Days
Learn more here.
May 10-14, 2021
MASTER CLASS IN COMMUNICATION
We all need better tools to effectively communicate our ideas, our hopes, our longings, and for those of us who preach, the good news. Be among the lucky few who will hear from world class communicator, Rob Bell.
Monday evening’s event includes an original presentation and Q & A time. Tuesday, hear how Rob pulled the evening’s presentation together and work with one of the world’s greatest storytellers on how to better tell the stories you have to share.
The event will be available on-demand for one week following the live event.
Monday, May 10: An Evening with Rob Bell (7:30-8:30 PM CST)
Tuesday, May 11: Master Class in Communication (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST)
Register for Monday Only ($30).
Register for Both Days ($69).
Vanderbilt University’s webinar series concludes with an exciting conversation titled, What is to Be Done? featuring Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ed Whitfield, Andrew Wilkes, Micah Uetricht, and moderated by Aaron Stauffer.
Learn more here.
May 17, 2021; 7:00 PM CST
An interactive webinar introducing a newly produced 3-session post-Covid re-entry / renewal resource designed to help congregations successfully navigate the challenges ahead and come out stronger and more vital than before.
Learn more here.
May 20, 2021; 1:00-2:30 PM CST
HEALING COLLECTIVE TRAUMA
Mt Olivet Conference & Retreat Center concludes its Living Well, Leading Well virtual workshop series with a conversation about trauma. Coping with the mounting losses, anxieties and uncertainties of the pandemics has left many of us feeling like we are losing our footing. Developing awareness of trauma and its impact on personal, intergenerational, and collective lives can increase self-understanding and compassion. Explore psychological and spiritual tools for increasing resilience and finding hope and joy in the midst of pain.
Led by Rev. Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, PhD, spiritual director.
Learn more and register Learn more and register.
Saturday, May 22, 2021; 9:00-11:00 AM
Join Faith Alive Christian Resources for their Children’s Spirituality Summit virtual conference.
30 workshops and four keynote speakers will address children’s spirituality and intergenerational faith formation and ministry.
Find more information and register here.
May 24-26, 2021
Church Anew shares their video series Imagining Christian Community Post-Pandemic. Dr. Deanna Thompson (The Virtual Body of Christ author and Director of The Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community at St Olaf College) interviews leaders about their learnings from virtual worship and community building this year, and what it has meant to be a spiritual leader in the wake of the tragic killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.
Episode 1: Rev. Ingrid Rasmussen (Lead Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis)
Episode 2: Rev. Augustin Muthusami (Chair of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia’s Faith and Order Commission and Pastor at Luther House Chapel), discussing Real Presence in Digital Church
Episode 3: Dr. Diana Butler Bass, wondering how the church might build community in the time ahead
Learn more and view any time here.
If you could:
- sharpen your faith formation ministry’s vision and purpose
- be more efficient in youth ministry planning time
- plan your calendar 12-18 months ahead
PLAN-IT is a one-day guided planning experience for faith formation ministries. Register as a team or an individual. Invite key volunteers, recruit your clergy person. The course includes:
- Facilitation by Lyle Griner
- three separate zoom session, throughout the day
- Griner’s free ebook
For more information contact:
Mark Giese or Jill Boeyink
In a world longing for enchantment but too cynical to accept it, pastors can understandably feel irrelevant and confused. The speed and rhythm of life are unsettling and decentering. This class provides an overview of how our world became so disenchanted and what it might look like to attend to God in a world that has forgotten how to do so. Drs. Andrew Root and Tripp Fuller converse with Charles Taylor & Hartmut Rosa, wrestling with the currents of culture and the task of embodying and inviting people into the life of faith.
Six Feature Sessions, curated readings, and community building breakouts comprise this 6-week exploration of our secular age and the changing shape of ministry.
Learn more here.
Join the class here.
Launching June, 2021.