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)

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For additional information 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. 

 

September 2014 – January 2015

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.

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.

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

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

Nov
11
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Nov 11 @ 8:45 am – Aug 9 @ 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.

Nov
17
Mon
PrairieFire – Monday Program @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Nov 17 @ 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.

Dec
9
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Dec 9 @ 8:45 am – Sep 6 @ 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.

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

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

Dec
15
Mon
PrairieFire – Monday Program @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Dec 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.

Jan
10
Sat
PrairieFire – Saturday Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Jan
13
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Jan 13 @ 8:45 am – Oct 11 @ 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.