Thursday, June 16, 2011

Denominational Deacon Trainings continue in 2011.

Donna Kline, director of the Church of the Brethren’s deacon ministry, has provided the following report about the Denominational Deacon Trainings that are being held in 2011:

Mexico in February? Count me in!!! It was a great trip, even though in reality it was Mexico, Ind., the location of the first deacon training session of the winter/spring 2011 calendar. Next was a visit to Roaring Spring, Pa., where the training included a very meaningful session on the power of anointing.

For some of the Freeport, Ill., attendees the March workshop was their third deacon training session in as many years, and they’ve already signed up for another! The spring calendar ended with a full weekend in Pennsylvania, starting with a visit to the northernmost congregation in Southern Pennsylvania District, Sugar Valley, and ending with the largest session of the spring where more than 90 attendees participated in an afternoon workshop hosted by County Line Church of the Brethren in Champion, Pa., not far from Pittsburgh.

Altogether, nearly 250 deacons have been trained so far in 2011!

Next on the calendar are pre-Annual Conference deacon workshops to be held on Saturday, July 2, in Grand Rapids, Mich. The morning session will be on "Deacon Spirituality and Commitment," and in the afternoon we will talk about creative ways to offer support in the workshop "Beyond Casseroles." Register now at

The fall schedule is nearly complete as well, starting with workshops at Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Va., in late September. Other host churches include Quakertown, Pa., in October, and Lakeview Church of the Brethren in Brethren, Mich., in November. Visit for full calendar and registration information, and plan to attend a session near you. For more information contact or 800-323-8039 ext. 304.

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