Beyond the SFF: Opportunities and Resources Coming Up

So it’s the summer, and you’re wondering – now that my School for Formation classes have ended, how am I going to continue learning and growing?  Welp, we’ve got you covered.  Check out this list of our top 12 resources, and let us know what you learn!


 How to Establish a Chureducationch / School Partnership Online Course with Learn how to research, reach out, and engage in a fruitful ministry of partnership between a church and public school.

 Nonprofit Resources | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Workshops and resources for starting, managing, and leading nonprofit organizations.


Certificates in Appreciative Coaching and Appreciative Transition Ministry | The Appreciative Way with Rob Voyle

Certificate Programs in Lifelong Christian Formation and Youth and Family Ministry | Forma. formaclearlogo150The Certificate in Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation (CLLCF) is a program designed for those who have demonstrated on-the-ground experience in a congregation (or other context) in the area of Christian Formation.  Participants are required to have completed five years of full-time (or equivalent) ministry. The Certificate in Youth and Family Ministry is designed for those who are actively engaged in the practice of youth ministry or feel called to deepen their own understanding of the practice of youth ministry. The program will equip participants with a foundational learning, rooted in the practical application to their specific ministry context.

Sept 8, 2016 – Ongoing Thursday nights: Online EfM Course  Do you have a desire to learn how to study the Bible from a theological perspective? Education for Ministry (EFM) is a four-year curriculum of theological education by extension offered by the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee). The program is designed to enable participants to make connections between biblical traditions, personal experience, their own ministries and the world in which they live. Contact Julie or Matt Schedler, members of St. Mark’s, Minneapolis, at  Home phone 763-529-9568


Auengaging-faith-communities-august-2016gust 8, 2016: Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster: Increasing Religious Competency and Literacy | Sewanee, TN 

August 15-20, 2016: The Wisdom School: The Ongoing Quest Into the Ground of Being | Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville, MN. “When you give birth to that which is within yourself, what you bring forth will save you.” (Thomas #70) All instructions will be geared to this endeavor, as we seek to discover those practices that can increase our awareness of our inner treasure. Students will leave with a stronger sense of their own inner domain and its resources.

OcLiving-Stones-Picture-300x225tober 2016: Living Stones: Peace, Reconciliation, and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem | St. George’s College, Jerusalem. The Living Stones course provides an in depth overview of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem set within the larger context of indigenous Christianity in the Holy Land. The course visits the local parishes, educational institutions and medical centers of the Episcopal Diocese located in Israel and Palestine. The Living Stones course emphasizes opportunities for engagement with local Christians through worship, hospitality, group discussions and individual conversations. Course participants will experience the blessings of local Christians, while learning of the acute challenges facing today’s Holy Land Christian. Opportunities for partnership will be presented.

JanuaBexley Seaburyry 2017: Learning from London: Mission and Evangelism in the 21st Century | Travel Course with Bexley+Seabury. A multi-faceted approach to mission and evangelism in the Diocese of London, Church of England, has led to 50% growth in weekly attendance since 1990. This has come about through a combination of dynamic local parish programs, strategic planning for planting and renewing churches, and an inspiring vision set forth by the diocese, situated in one of the most diverse, multi-faith and secularized urban centers in the world. How? And what may be learned for our own context? Students will learn best practices from seasoned practitioners and explore how to apply them at home.

April 2017 – October 2017: Academy for Leaders with the Center for Courage and Renewal | Oak Ridge, Chaska. Sustainable, courageous leadership hinges on your ability to know your own values and act on them. When you’re true to yourself, and true with others, thatauthenticity translates into trust. And trustworthy relationships translate into more effective, wholehearted leaders, teams and results.

April 21-22, 2017: Missional Voices Conference | Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA. With Becca Stevens and Andrew Doyle.

Oct 14-16, 2016: Bartimaeus Institute | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Canadian TRC Calls Churches to Action: Building Capacity for Restorative Solidarity.