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IFD199 – ALT Tags and Subtitles: Make Your Digital Content More Accessible

Course Dates: August 13-19, 2018 We all want our churches to be fully accessible for those with handicaps.  There are many people in our communities with low vision, hearing loss, limited motor skills, learning disabilities, susceptibility to seizures, or other forms of disability, and it’s important for churches to reach them. God’s love is for everyone! But sometimes our announcement slides, signs, flyers, sermon videos, websites, and other digital media are…Keep Reading

IFD471 – God’s Purpose for the Family

Course Dates: July 16-27, 2018 We often think of the family as father, mother and children, but this is only one form of family. Life hasn’t dealt us all a typical nuclear family, and even the Bible shows us that there are many different kinds of family! This course will focus on the purpose of the family, rather than who is in the family or who forms the family. This course celebrates…Keep Reading

IFD591 – Pastoral Care: Caring for the People of God

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates This course will offer methods of basic counseling and caring for the parishioners and community members utilizing both clergy and a congregation’s laity. You will also learn ways to use pastoral care as a tool to reach new people to grow your congregation. You must have access to Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls by Lee Eclov and African American…Keep Reading

IFD470 – A Guidance and Counseling Approach to Helping Others

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates Use your spiritual gifts to help others! As Christians, “we follow Jesus and do what Jesus did — love, serve, reach, teach, pray.” This course is designed to help both laity and clergy develop their skills in caring ministry and will help Christians minister to one another. It introduces basic counseling and guidance skills and examines the counseling techniques used…Keep Reading

IFD147 – Lenten Retreat: Fools for Love

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day and Easter is April Fools’ Day, as happened in 2018, you might start to wonder about God’s sense of humor. Join us for a Lenten retreat with weekly reflections on scripture, discussion with other participants, and a different spiritual practice or action to take each week. We will explore the apparent foolishness of a…Keep Reading

IFD198 – Using Technology in the Church: Presentations and Games

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates Ever had to present something to your church or your community?  Ever thought about having a Bible Game night or other community or church recreational fun time?  Both topics will be discussed in this module of the Using Technology in the Church series.  Come learn how to engage an audience with technology. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $60 Subscribe…Keep Reading

IFD219 – Fallible Followers: The Disciples in Mark, and Us

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates Mark’s gospel is harsh on Jesus’ disciples – which may be one reason why it tends to be the least favorite of the four gospels, even though it’s the shortest. It can be hard to relate to such fallible followers while trying to see ourselves as faithful Christians! But in writing the way he does, Mark gives us a mirror…Keep Reading

IFD590 – Adding Life to the New Testament: An Introduction

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates Do you have a dream to bring the characters, events and issues of the New Testament to life in your teaching of the word of God, your preaching, and your life? This course will offer you a general overview of the New Testament, along with models for preaching and teaching its lessons and stories. In addition, we will offer ways to…Keep Reading

YMI450 – Systematic Theology

IFD174 – Three Movements of the Spiritual Life: Illusion to Prayer

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates How do we learn to pay attention to the movements of God in and around us? What are  some ways we can pray that we don’t currently practice? What ways do we deceive ourselves about God? How do we open ourselves to God praying through us and transforming us? Using Henri Nouwen’s book Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual…Keep Reading

IFD173 – Three Movements of the Spiritual Life: Hostility to Hospitality

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates How is our spiritual connection to God damaged when we fail to show hospitality to others? Are there ways we inadvertently practice or condone hostility? What are some small steps we can take toward hospitality ? How does ‘Holy Spirit hospitality’ differ from customary courtesies? What spiritual practices foster God’s transformation in us? Using Henri Nouwen’s book Reaching Out: The…Keep Reading

IFD172 – Three Movements of the Spiritual Life: Loneliness to Solitude

Course Dates: Use button below to hear about new dates Where are you experiencing or carrying loneliness in your life? What might it mean to move to a place of ‘solitude’ instead?  How do we open ourselves to God transforming us and easing this pain, and how do we nurture this change? Using Henri Nouwen’s book Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life as our reference point, we will focus…Keep Reading

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