SEMINARS

SPEECH/SERMON WRITING SEMINAR         

OVERVIEW

Participants will be exposed to a unique scientific method of reading themselves full, thinking themselves clear, praying themselves hot, turning themselves loose in building a speech or sermon from scratch.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS

  • All students register online for the seminar at least two weeks before the seminar begins. Registration fee is $200.00.
  • Purchase online an electronic copy of text and workbook, The Voyage of Sermon Preparation.
  • Students will use off days to read textbook and respond to questions and activities in workbook.

METHODOLOGY

  • The classes will be conducted live via Zoom, using PowerPoint, two times a week for two weeks.
  • All students will register online, which will be opened one month before classes begin.
  • There will be two weekly tracks; the first is on Mondays and Wednesdays and the second will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 pm to 9:30 pm; respectively. Students can only sign up for one of the two tracks.
  • Using the materials presented in class, students from both tracks will have two weeks to fill out their workbooks and to prepare a 10-minute speech or sermon to be presented in class and constructively evaluated by a panel of judges and entire class. The presentations will be done on Zoom during the week after the two-week class ends.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • Participants will now possess the wherewithal to prepare and present public speeches and sermons.
  • Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time. (Proverbs 15:23 NLT).
  • Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a Word at the right time (Proverbs 15:23 WEB).

ELDERS AND LAY PREACHERS’ SEMINAR

OVERVIEW

Church elders and lay preachers will be exposed to a unique scientific method of reading themselves full, thinking themselves clear, praying themselves hot, turning themselves loose in building a sermon from scratch.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS          

  • All students will register online for the seminar at least two weeks before the seminar begins. Registration fee is $200.00.
  • Purchase online an electronic or a hard copy of textbook and workbook, The Voyage of Sermon Preparation.

METHODOLOGY

  • The seminar will be presented live on Zoom.
  1. Classes will be for two weeks and will be held on Sundays (at 4-6 pm); Mondays and Thursdays 4-6 pm; for a total of 12 hours.
  2. Students will have two weeks to use the seminar material presented in class, to prepare a 10-minute sermonette to be presented publicly and constructively critiqued by a panel of judges and fellow students and to respond to the questions and activities in the workbook.
  3. The week after the class ends (Sunday from 4pm-6pm and Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-6 pm (6 hours), will be for the presentations of the 10-minute sermonettes, that will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the entire class.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • Elders and lay preachers will now possess the wherewithal to prepare and present better sermons.
  • A well-fed congregation will be more prone to be involved in carrying out the threefold mission of the church: evangelism, consolidation, and faithfulness in stewardship.
  • Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time. (Proverbs 15:23 NLT).
  • Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a Word at the right time (Proverbs 15:23 WEB)

PASTORS AND ELDERS RESOLVING THEIR CONFLICTS

OVERVIEW

Participants will come to grips with a key aspect in conflict resolution; you cannot change what is going on around you until you start changing what is going on within you.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS          

  • Register online at least two weeks before seminar begins. Registration fee is $100.00.

METHODOLOGY

  • The presentation will be conducted live via Zoom using PowerPoint for on Mondays from 9-11am.
  • Open interaction and discussion.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • This presentation skillfully unveils the solution to fourteen main causes of conflict between pastors and elders; one of which is the Solomon model.
  • Paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, participants will learn that the key to effective conflict resolution is “not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong at the tempting moment.
  • Participants will discover in this presentation that “words are free. It is how you use them that may cost you (Unknown author).
  • Participants will most likely agree with Rashida Rowe’s counsel to walk away from people “who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. The battle they are fighting is not with you, it’s with themselves.”
  • Participants will come to grips with a key aspect in conflict resolution; you cannot change what is going on around you until you start changing what is going on within you. This leads to the discovery why African Americans are few in numbers in West Indian churches today.
  • This seminar on conflict resolution would be weighed in the balances and found wanting if the “6 and 9” paradigm is left out: “Just because you are right, does not mean I am wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my side.”
  • Finally, participants will walk away with what is intricately knitted into every fabric of successful conflict resolution—”a conflict cannot continue without your participation.”

RESOLVING CONFLICTS AT HOME, AT CHURCH, AT SCHOOL, AND AT PLAY

OVERVIEW

Bringing problems for solution and cursing the dark instead of lighting a candle is the greatest stumbling block in the path of conflict resolution at home, at church, at school and at play.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS          

  • Register online for the seminar at least two weeks before the seminar begins. Registration fee is $100.00

METHODOLOGY

  • The presentation will be conducted live via Zoom using PowerPoint on Tuesdays from 9-11am
  • Open interaction and discussion.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • This presentation skillfully unveils eight steps up to conflict resolution; one of which is the Solomon model.
  • Paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, participants will learn that the key to effective conflict resolution is “not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
  • Participants will discover in this presentation that “words are free. It is how you use them that may cost you (Unknown author).
  • Participants will most likely agree with Rashida Rowe’s counsel to walk away from people “who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. The battle they are fighting is not with you, it’s with themselves.”
  • Participants will come to grips with a key aspect in conflict resolution; you cannot change what is going on around you until you start changing what is going on within you.
  • This seminar on conflict resolution would be weighed in the balances and found wanting if the “6 and 9” paradigm is left out: “Just because you are right, does not mean I am wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my side.
  • Finally, participants will walk away with what is intricately knitted into every fabric of successful conflict resolution—”a conflict cannot continue without your participation.”

WHY MILLENNIALS ARE LEAVING THE CHURCH

OVERVIEW

Providing grace space, growth space, and a safe place to tell their story and listen to God’s story is the last best hope to putting an end to the 70% of young evangelicals disconnecting from church as they transition into adulthood.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS          

  • Register online for the seminar at least two before class begins. Registration fee is $100.00.
  • Purchase online an electronic copy of the book, Is Today’s Youth Ministry Safe?

METHODOLOGY

  • The seminar will be presented virtually on Wednesdays from 9-11 am.
  • Open interactive discussion.

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • It is estimated that close to 70% of young adults start leaving the evangelical churches in America when they graduate from high school. The secret to bridge the “Gap” and staunch the exodus lies in the hands of trained youth leaders. In 2001, the General Conference of SDA added Ambassadors Club to provide a program for the young people who leave the Pathfinder program. Youth leaders are trained to work with the Ambassadors clubs.
  • A new day will dawn in Adventist Youth Ministries when our trained youth leaders shake off the dust from their uniforms and begin mentoring adolescents 13-19 years old in the development of new attitudes and skills that produce personal growth, team, and community spirit; as well as a sense of loyalty and respect for God, His creation, and His church.
  • When faced with the inevitable crises and challenges that are characteristic of adolescent years, the young people will have developed the confidence to seek the counsel of their youth leaders.
  • This is what this course is about.

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

OVERVIEW

Participants will come face to face with the stark reality that they must first become the leader they would follow.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS          

  • Register online for the seminar, at least two weeks before the seminar begins. Registration fee is $100.00.

METHODOLOGY

  • The seminar is all on Zoom. Classes will be on Thursdays from 9-11 am.
  • Open interaction discussion.

COURSE BENEFITS

  • Recognizing that information is power, this course unveils how to effectively lead from the crowd and establishes the secrets of the open-door policy in sharing information.
  • This course will help the leader to help their subordinates to engage and stay passionate about their work, who in turn will perform at a higher level.
  • The leader will be positioned to provide support and resources that help team members to do their jobs more effectively.
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish (KJV).

PREPARING THE FIELD FOR AN EVANGELISTIC SERIES

OVERVIEW

Participants will see that conducting a public evangelistic series is likened to an iceberg. The nightly meetings could be compared to the tip of the iceberg and the bulk of the ice under water, is likened to the preparation of the field.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS

  • Register online at least two weeks before seminar begins. Registration fee is $100.00.

METHODOLOGY

  • The presentation will be conducted live via Zoom using PowerPoint for on Fridays from 9-11am.
  • Open interaction and discussion.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

  • This presentation is tailor-made for pandemic times as it introduces Operation Blitzkrieg, a military strategy the Germans used during World War II, to prepare the field for a swift and sudden evangelistic series, that involves total membership involvement (TMI).
  • The focus is not on how to give a Bible study, but rather on getting people to study the Bible.
  • The transactions of the meetings will be held on Zoom, which provides ample room for social distancing.

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT TEXTS IN THE BIBLE

OVERVIEW

A properly interpreted text is a pivotal arsenal that empowers the Bible students and preachers with the wherewithal to galvanize the right spiritual application. No homiletic sin is as grievous as transmitting a message that was not the original intention of the Bible author.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS          

  • Register online at least two weeks before seminar begins. Registration fee is $100.00.

METHODOLOGY

  • The presentation will be conducted live via Zoom using PowerPoint on Thursdays from 1-3 pm.
  • Open interaction and discussion.

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

A proper understanding and interpretation of a difficult passage or text is a pivotal arsenal that empowers with the wherewithal to galvanize the right spiritual application.

  • The focus of this seminar is not only the what for==why the proper interpretation of a passage of Scripture or Bible text is both vital and compelling.
  • It also focuses on the how to; unveiling six simple steps that leads to the proper understanding of difficult texts in the Bible. 

 

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