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Websites worth visiting

Doctor of Ministry Program

Gain a fresh approach to your ministry through this unique, ecumenical program.  The church urgently needs new leaders to articulate and practice a biblical and theological understanding necessary to revitalize existing congregations and develop new ones.  This is particularly important in the context of one of the great mission fields of the 21st century - North America.  Luther Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program in Congregational Mission and Leadership prepares missional leaders to engage in these challenges.  Explore www.luthersem.edu/dmin for more information.

Living the Questions 2.0

Honoring Mystery...Emphasizing Social Justice...Taking Jesus Seriously...Exploring what's next for Christianity.  Living the Questions 2.0 is a DVD and Internet-based introduction to progressive Christianity.  Go to www.livingthequestions.com for more information and to order materials.

The Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has helpful resources on congregational renewal at:

Church Innovations is a non-profit organization devoted to renewing the Church’s focus on God’s mission in the world. Based at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, information about it can be found at: http://www.churchinnovations.org

Wartburg Seminary offers online courses for Certificate Credit, Continuing Education Credit or Lifelong Learning, or to meet the ELCA's TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) requirements. See: 
www.wartburgseminary.edu/template_FutureStudents.asp?id=278  Seminary also hosts other continuing education events, including the Tri-State forum. Follow the Lifelong Learners>Continuing Education>Continuing Education Events links on Wartburg’s website: http://www.wartburgseminary.edu/template_Events.asp?id=160 .

Luther Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides continuing education opportunities for everyone through the Kairos and Lay School programs. The Centered Life® initiative equips congregations to help their members more fully integrate their faith and work lives. See:

The Vocation and Education unit of the ELCA, working in cooperation with the eight ELCA Lutheran seminaries, offers SELECT, a program of continuing theological education videos designed for small groups. These resources are intended specifically for clergy, deaconesses, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and for laity. Information can be found at http://www.selectlearning.org. Click the "New Online Resources" on the SELECT homepage for a list of online courses being offered. 

The Illowa Lutheran Coalition provides continuing education events for rostered leaders in the Quad Cities area. More information can be found at: http://illowa.home.mchsi.com

Planning a sabbatical? The Lilly Endowment and the Louisville Institute both will provide major funding to help make your sabbatical dream come true. Check out http://www.lillyendowment.org/religion_ncr.html and http://www.Louisville-institute.org

Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Center for Youth Ministries is “Where Learning Leads to Effective Youth and Family Ministries!” Our mission is to motivate, prepare, network and equip professional lay ministers, lay volunteers, clergy, parents, youth and seminary students. In addition, the Center for Youth Ministries offers courses and resources such as our popular youth and family ministry certification schools to congregations, synods, and individuals. Visit Wartburg's Center for Youth Ministries website.  


Looking to revitalize your ministry and congregation? Vibrant Faith Ministries (formerly The Youth & Family Institute) offers coaching, training, and resources to energize your congregation to nurture faith in the home as well as in church. See: http://www.youthandfamilyinstitute.org/


If you'd like to check-out, review and use resources, try the Lutheran Resource Center in Clear Lake.  It is a lending library and materials are available to members and non-members on a loan basis.  Click on www.lutheranresourcecenter.org


The Association of Lutheran Resource Center's shared collection of open files has links to ten ministry areas which contain open file resources.  Go to www.synodresourcecenter.org


The Covenant Cluster Consultation is a network that provides coordination, cooperation and collaboration among the theological education providers in Regions 4, 5, and 6 of the ELCA. The Covenant Cluster Network bridges a variety of institutions including the formal association of our seminaries in those regions—Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Wartburg Theological Seminary—as well as a variety of colleges, lay schools and other theological education providers. 

Faith and Wisdom is a rich source of information on lifelong learning opportunities. Faith and Wisdom compiles events and programs throughout the world offered by some of the most distinguished organizations in North America and worldwide. These organizations have proven themselves trustworthy sources of lifelong learning for clergy, other church professionals, and for all who wish to pursue education as Christians.