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10 Ideas to Continue the Learning from the Calvin Symposium on Worship
Consider one or more of these ideas to extend the learning from the online Symposium on Worship all year long.
News Item | January 26, 2021
Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Worshiping Communities
We are grateful for a new book by Calvin colleagues titled Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools which provides much wisdom for learning and life together. What technology opportunities and challenges will worshiping communities anticipate in the next few years? What virtues and habits do congregations and communities need to cultivate now to be ready for that time? Add your constructive comments and insights to this page using the Facebook comments. Our moderators will regularly post comments or responses. Thanks for joining us in this new way of engaging and learning together.
Online Discussion | January 06, 2021
Online Discipleship and Mindfulness
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted opportunities to learn together in the same physical space. But Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary offer short online courses for lifelong learners to engage topics such as embodied discipleship and mindfulness in a world gone virtual.
Conversation | November 09, 2020
How to Learn Well in Online Courses: An Invitation to Conversation
Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary offer short-term online courses for lifelong learners. Besides engaging content to address key ministry challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the courses invite students and instructors into a culture of curiosity where they can learn from each other.
Feature Story | November 09, 2020
Deep Calls to Deep: Nurturing Preachers for the Work of Proclamation
Deep Calls to Deep is a program to strengthen preaching by using communities of peer groups to nurture pastors’ own spiritual, emotional, physical, and imaginative lives. In this paper, Ruthanna Hooke discusses the structure and themes of Deep Calls to Deep, a peer group learning program rooted in the conviction that preaching is soul-work.
Academic Article | June 17, 2020
Preachers Need Friends, Too
The peer cohort is a place for preachers to strengthen their skills in real time while building intentional friendships.
Reflection | February 04, 2020
Janice McLean-Farrell on a Pastoral Approach to Research
Congregations often want to get information from members and neighbors. They can learn how to do so pastorally by considering how scholars do academic research using human subjects. Scholars follow ethical standards to gain data while doing no harm.
Conversation | January 08, 2020
Final Exams Every Week: Life with a Peer Learning Group
Peer learning groups promote faithful endurance and mutual encouragement in the face of what makes the preaching life challenging.
Reflection | January 06, 2020
When Local Churches Learn and Worship Together
Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, discovered that planning worship, learning, and reflecting together helped them be better witnesses in their East Durham neighborhood.
Feature Story | November 26, 2019
Georie Bryant and Reynolds Chapman on Prayer Walks
Sometimes Christians worry that praying in public will be embarrassing or offensive. Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, organized a prayer walk that connected with neighbors.
Conversation | November 26, 2019
From Colleagues to Companions: Unexpected Fruits of a Peer Learning Group
What do you get when you put a diverse group of clergy around a table once a month? More beauty than you might expect.
Reflection | August 28, 2019
Vital Worship in Congregations, Schools, and other Worshipping Communities
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | May 01, 2019
Five Things I Love about My Preaching Peer Group
A young pastor calls his preaching peer group “a funeral and a pep rally in the same ninety minutes.” Find out why.
Reflection | February 06, 2019
What I Learned through Preaching Partnerships
Fred Provencher has participated in two preaching peer groups in his twenty-plus years of ministry. Read his reflections along with his advice for younger preachers.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
The Role of a Peer Learning Group in My Preaching Journey
God’s message of inclusiveness reaches past the walls that divide us, says Deborah Jungmi Kang, a Korean pastor serving a largely Anglo-American church in Illinois. As Kang develops her preaching voice, a peer learning group provides support.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
Yes, And . . .
Experiencing pastoral burnout, Denise Luper began a yearlong leave of absence soon after joining a peer preaching and learning group. The peer group became an important part of her healing process.
Reflection | September 17, 2018
A Community That Affirms
A peer preaching group changed the course of a student’s seminary journey—and her ministry path.
Reflection | September 14, 2018
Three Reasons to Join a Preaching Peer Group
Sermon preparation is a recurring task that can be lonely and draining. A Texas pastor describes how a peer learning group revitalized her preaching.
Reflection | September 12, 2018
Considering a Preaching Peer Group? Five Things to Think About
A seasoned pastor found a preaching peer group to be a source of refreshment, challenge, and growth. Here are his top five reasons.
Reflection | September 05, 2018