Transform your faith community with Missional Management: Online course starts January 16, register for $40

Missional Management is the work of providing support to those who follow the way of Jesus. That’s the primary work of a vestry/bishop’s committee: to make sure that the financial, human, and property resources are oriented first toward following the way of Jesus. The Rev. Michael Pipkin spends a lot of time talking with vestries … More Transform your faith community with Missional Management: Online course starts January 16, register for $40

Three ways to connect with God and neighbor at the SFF this February

Here are three ways you can hear God’s voice in your life, work, and neighborhood through hybrid courses at the School for Formation. These three courses start on February 20! Dive into ancient and contemporary practices of prayer in our Christian Spirituality course Find yourself in God’s story as you learn about the yearly cycle … More Three ways to connect with God and neighbor at the SFF this February

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. That’s how Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrases John 1:14. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood, and yet many faith communities are profoundly disconnected from their neighbors. A multitude of social and historical factors created this reality: American individualism, white flight, and the … More The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.

For Preachers: Get back to basics in the Preaching Lab

It’s not too late to sign up for the upcoming Preaching Lab with veteran writer and speaker Barbara Mraz! Online: October 1 – December 3, 2016 Meets in person: December 3, 2016 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault, MN Designed for folks who have some preaching experience already, this is a hands-on, practical course … More For Preachers: Get back to basics in the Preaching Lab

Join our Old Testament course – from home!

The SFF’s popular course on the Hebrew Bible, Layers: The Story of the Old Testament, has earned some very positive reviews in the past few years. ECMN’s own Reed Carlson leads participants through an exploration of Scripture that opens these ancient and sometimes inscrutable texts up with profound meaning and understanding. The course includes short weekly video lectures, great … More Join our Old Testament course – from home!

One-Day Workshop: Engaging the Bible at Church

Christian formation leaders, Sunday School teachers, youth ministers, and anyone who wants to find out about the latest and greatest resources for connecting our lives with God’s story: join us for this one-day workshop on October 1 in Faribault! Engaging the Bible at Church: The Rev. Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Ms. Lizabeth Bougie will lead this … More One-Day Workshop: Engaging the Bible at Church

Sneak peek: Homiletics 2016

This year we welcome Lisa Cressman and the team at Backstory Preaching as instructors in the School for Formation’s Homiletics course. Lisa and her team use an ancient approach to Scripture (lectio divina) in combination with some new online tools (Slack and Coggle) and the time-tested approach of mind-mapping. Those three key tools combine with … More Sneak peek: Homiletics 2016

We’ll come to you

“I’d really like to take part in this class… but the drive from Detroit Lakes to Faribault isn’t going to work this time.” Whether it’s the drive from Detroit Lakes to Faribault, or a date that conflicts, life can throw up roadblocks to following your curiosity. In 2016-17, the School for Formation is taking two … More We’ll come to you

Coming this fall

Looking to improve your practice of preaching? Want to offer your gifts for pastoral care? Curious about the Old Testament? This fall’s School for Formation courses and workshops will feed your hunger for learning and practice. Join us! All are welcome. Can’t make the in-person day? Contact the Rev. Susan Daughtry to inquire about scheduling an … More Coming this fall