Classes & Events

Organic Ministry: Cultivating Soil & Soul

Course Description:

This course is aimed at pastoral leaders in congregations, though it is neither strictly limited to professional clergy nor to those who serve in congregations. The course is built upon the participant’s direct experience of creation on, and the culture of, a small, diversified family farmstead. The farm serves as the context for practical and theological study of the nature of the church as household within the divine economy of Creation and Kingdom. Attention is given to those understandings and practices that make for the health of the individual and the household in its spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, interpersonal, vocational, and creational dimensions.

How does it work?:

Participants enroll for a full year, gathering monthly in groups of up to eight to spend a day on the farm (8 a.m. – 4 pm, February through January, excluding December).  The first half of the day is spent engaging Creation’s processes by way of the shared labor of light farm work (such as weeding the garden and tending the chickens).  The second half of the day is spent in quiet time, prayer, reflection, and facilitated discussion.  Conversation typically revolves around the given life experienced and observed in nature, its biblical and theological expressions, and the uncanny similarity of any organic “household” — whether a group of colleagues, a flock or family, the plant-community of a garden or the people-community of a congregation.  As one participates in and reflects upon the regenerative order of Creation, new thinking and functioning is encouraged toward the “Holy health” of the pastoral leader, the family and the congregation.

Cost:

The year-long program costs $775 per person, which includes lunches, occasional guest speakers, but does not include textbooks.

Location:

Taproot Garden, 10633 Drake Street, Norwalk IA 50211

Meeting Schedule:

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM First Monday of each month (February through January, omitting December)

For additional information or to REGISTER, contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry; 515-251-6667. 

Pastoral Care Specialist Program

This two-year program is specifically designed for pastors, parish nurses, Stephen Ministers, chaplains and other religious professionals involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting one Tuesday morning each month, participants increase their knowledge about topics critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants solidify what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. Read More

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For a list of topics and presenters for September 2014 – June 2015, click here.

For additional information,contact Diane McClanahanDirector of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry.

Intentional Interim Ministry Training

In April 2014, the Institute for the Practice of Ministry graduated 19 new Intentional Interim Ministers from three faith traditions. September 22- 25, 2014, the Institute will begin training the next class of pastors.

Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) training is for pastors:
• who are mature in ministry;
• whose leadership skills are proven;
• who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short-term basis (six months to three years);
• who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to re-set a congregation’s course swiftly and surely; and
• who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally.

If this describes your leadership style as well as your sense of call, Read More to register NOW! Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

To visit about IIM contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry. 

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Workshop

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured, experiential model of couple therapy that helps partners move from conflict, distance and distress to increased openness and trust.  As these active cycles of conflict that fuel distress are identified and resolved, the therapist can help couples access and expand underlying emotions of sadness, loneliness and fear so both partners can begin to shift their relationship to one of secure engagement, leading ultimately to a strong and enduring attachment bond.

Take advantage of this training being offered in the Des Moines area for the first time!

WHEN: Friday September 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT

GUEST FACULTY: Jeff Hickey, LCSW,Director, Chicago Center for EFT

CEUs Offered: 6
Regular Registration: $100 
Late Registration: $110 (After 8/22/14)
Student Registration: $50
Includes program materials, continuing education & snacks. Lunch on your own.

FOR WORKSHOP INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=m7wthdoab&oeidk=a07e9b4oekn2e0a76b6

 

September – October 2014

Sep
9
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 9 @ 8:45 am – Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm

The Center’s Pastoral Care Specialist Program is a two-year program of professional development and renewal, designed for clergy, religious professionals, and other persons involved in ministries of pastoral care. Participants meet monthly to address the practical skill, knowledge, and sensitivity critical to effective pastoral care. During each session, participants are also provided support, encouragement, and consultation on their work. Participants can solidify what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. Registration is limited. The deadline for reservations is August 20th. The curriculum for 2014-2015 is posted below.

September 9:    Topic:  “Family Systems and Congregational Life”

                          Presenter:  Kay Kinkel, M.A.

October 14:       Topic:  “Contemplative Listening Skills”

                          Presenter:  Kay Riley, M.A., Spiritual Director

November 11:    Topic:  “Living with Illness and Chronic Pain:  From Adversity to Transformation”

                          Presenter:  Diane Glass, Spiritual Director

December 9:      Topic:  “Stages of Relationships”

                           Presenter:  Alissa Birkenholtz M.S.W.

January 13:        Topic:  “Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline”

                           Presenter:  Mark Minear, Ph.D.

February 10:      Topic:  “Evil in Every Day Life”

                           Presenter:  Jeff Means, M. Div., Ph.D.

March 10:           Topic:  Caring for the Anxious:  A Non-Anxious Presence in an Anxious World

                           Presenter: Amy Spangler-Dunning M.Div., M.S.

April 14:             Topic:  “Challenges of Adolescence”

                          Presenter: Jill Jordahl-Ball, Psy.D.

May 12:             Topic:  “Ministry to the LGBT Community”

                          Presenter:  Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D.

June 9:              Topic:  “Working Constructively with Conflict”

                          Presenter:  Diane McClanahan, M.Div.

Sep
12
Fri
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Workshop @ Sheraton West Des Moines
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured, experiential model of couple therapy that helps partners move from conflict, distance and distress to increased openness and trust.  As these active cycles of conflict that fuel distress are identified and resolved, the therapist can help couples access and expand underlying emotions of sadness, loneliness and fear so both partners can begin to shift their relationship to one of secure engagement, leading ultimately to a strong and enduring attachment bond.

The effectiveness of EFT is strongly supported by 25 years of respected outcome and process research that identifies the interventions most impactful in creating lasting change.  This detailed overview will utilize video examples, brief exercises and discussion to help facilitate participants’ understanding of EFT.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Conceptualize couples distress and relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.
  • Name and describe the three key change events in EFT.
  • Identify four specific interventions that help couples work through negative affect and create secure attachment.

Guest Faculty

Jeff Hickey is a licensed clinical social worker and director of The Chicago Center for EFT.  Jeff is a certified EFT trainer, and provides presentations throughout the United States.  Jeff also has advanced training in addiction treatment and sex therapy and maintains a couple-focused private practice in Evanston, IL.

Sep
13
Sat
PrairieFire – Saturday Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

PrairieFire will meet on the second Saturday of the month, September – June, 2014 – 2016.

Sep
15
Mon
PrairieFire – Monday Program @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

PrairieFire will meet on the third Monday of the month, September – June, 2014 – 2016. Note: In January the class will meet on the fourth Monday due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Sep
22
Mon
Intentional Interim Ministry Training @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day

Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) training is for pastors:
• who are mature in ministry,
• whose leadership skills are proven,
• who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short-term basis (six months to three years),
• who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to re-set a congregation’s course swiftly and surely, and
• who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally.

If this describes your leadership style as well as your sense of call, Read More to register NOW!

During three phases of training, participants will learn how to integrate proven pastoral skills with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry.
• Phase 1: September 22 – 25, 2014; 32 on-site instructional hours that introduce participants to Intentional Interim Ministry provide practical tools.
• Phase 2: During the six months after Phase 1 training, participants are offered 4 individual hours of mentoring within their ministry settings.
• Phase 3: March 16 – 18, 2015; 20 additional on-site instructional hours.
• Cost: $900 covers all three phases of the training, including lunches and dinners at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

To Register: First, contact your Judicatory Leader for information about interim ministry within your denomination. Then contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at DMPCC, (515) 251-6667 or dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org.
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

Sep
23
Tue
Intentional Interim Ministry Training @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 23 – Sep 26 all-day

Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) training is for pastors:
• who are mature in ministry,
• whose leadership skills are proven,
• who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short-term basis (six months to three years),
• who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to re-set a congregation’s course swiftly and surely, and
• who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally.

If this describes your leadership style as well as your sense of call, Read More to register NOW!

During three phases of training, participants will learn how to integrate proven pastoral skills with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry.
• Phase 1: September 22 – 25, 2014; 32 on-site instructional hours that introduce participants to Intentional Interim Ministry provide practical tools.
• Phase 2: During the six months after Phase 1 training, participants are offered 4 individual hours of mentoring within their ministry settings.
• Phase 3: March 16 – 18, 2015; 20 additional on-site instructional hours.
• Cost: $900 covers all three phases of the training, including lunches and dinners at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

To Register: First, contact your Judicatory Leader for information about interim ministry within your denomination. Then contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at DMPCC, (515) 251-6667 or dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org.
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

Sep
24
Wed
Intentional Interim Ministry Training @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 24 – Sep 27 all-day

Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) training is for pastors:
• who are mature in ministry,
• whose leadership skills are proven,
• who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short-term basis (six months to three years),
• who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to re-set a congregation’s course swiftly and surely, and
• who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally.

If this describes your leadership style as well as your sense of call, Read More to register NOW!

During three phases of training, participants will learn how to integrate proven pastoral skills with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry.
• Phase 1: September 22 – 25, 2014; 32 on-site instructional hours that introduce participants to Intentional Interim Ministry provide practical tools.
• Phase 2: During the six months after Phase 1 training, participants are offered 4 individual hours of mentoring within their ministry settings.
• Phase 3: March 16 – 18, 2015; 20 additional on-site instructional hours.
• Cost: $900 covers all three phases of the training, including lunches and dinners at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

To Register: First, contact your Judicatory Leader for information about interim ministry within your denomination. Then contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at DMPCC, (515) 251-6667 or dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org.
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

Sep
25
Thu
Intentional Interim Ministry Training @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 25 – Sep 28 all-day

Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) training is for pastors:
• who are mature in ministry,
• whose leadership skills are proven,
• who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short-term basis (six months to three years),
• who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to re-set a congregation’s course swiftly and surely, and
• who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally.

If this describes your leadership style as well as your sense of call, Read More to register NOW!

During three phases of training, participants will learn how to integrate proven pastoral skills with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry.
• Phase 1: September 22 – 25, 2014; 32 on-site instructional hours that introduce participants to Intentional Interim Ministry provide practical tools.
• Phase 2: During the six months after Phase 1 training, participants are offered 4 individual hours of mentoring within their ministry settings.
• Phase 3: March 16 – 18, 2015; 20 additional on-site instructional hours.
• Cost: $900 covers all three phases of the training, including lunches and dinners at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

To Register: First, contact your Judicatory Leader for information about interim ministry within your denomination. Then contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at DMPCC, (515) 251-6667 or dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org.
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

Oct
11
Sat
PrairieFire – Saturday Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

PrairieFire will meet on the second Saturday of the month, September – June, 2014 – 2016.

Oct
14
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Oct 14 @ 8:45 am – Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm

The Center’s Pastoral Care Specialist Program is a two-year program of professional development and renewal, designed for clergy, religious professionals, and other persons involved in ministries of pastoral care. Participants meet monthly to address the practical skill, knowledge, and sensitivity critical to effective pastoral care. During each session, participants are also provided support, encouragement, and consultation on their work. Participants can solidify what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. Registration is limited. The deadline for reservations is August 20th. The curriculum for 2014-2015 is posted below.

September 9:    Topic:  “Family Systems and Congregational Life”

                          Presenter:  Kay Kinkel, M.A.

October 14:       Topic:  “Contemplative Listening Skills”

                          Presenter:  Kay Riley, M.A., Spiritual Director

November 11:    Topic:  “Living with Illness and Chronic Pain:  From Adversity to Transformation”

                          Presenter:  Diane Glass, Spiritual Director

December 9:      Topic:  “Stages of Relationships”

                           Presenter:  Alissa Birkenholtz M.S.W.

January 13:        Topic:  “Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline”

                           Presenter:  Mark Minear, Ph.D.

February 10:      Topic:  “Evil in Every Day Life”

                           Presenter:  Jeff Means, M. Div., Ph.D.

March 10:           Topic:  Caring for the Anxious:  A Non-Anxious Presence in an Anxious World

                           Presenter: Amy Spangler-Dunning M.Div., M.S.

April 14:             Topic:  “Challenges of Adolescence”

                          Presenter: Jill Jordahl-Ball, Psy.D.

May 12:             Topic:  “Ministry to the LGBT Community”

                          Presenter:  Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D.

June 9:              Topic:  “Working Constructively with Conflict”

                          Presenter:  Diane McClanahan, M.Div.