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Upcoming Training, Workshops, Seminars …
Rural Ministry 5- Week Webinar Series
A Season of New Beginnings: How Rural Churches Can Use Pandemic-Inspired Innovations
Thursdays 12-1pm (EST); February 25 – March 25
$30/person; register online below, by February 23
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith*
As the pandemic evolves, our churches continue to learn, innovate, and respond to the needs of our communities. This webinar series explores ways in which we can continue to use and adapt the pandemic-generated tools, resources, and approaches as we move into new seasons of church life post COVID-19. Each week will focus on a different aspect of church life and provide both research findings and practical examples for our rural congregations and communities.
For more details, including weekly topics and descriptions, click the flyer below or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
*Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies. The focus of his work over the past ten years has been rural ministry, with particular interests in faith formation and Methodist studies. He serves as adjunct faculty for several institutions, including Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston (Chicago), IL, and Wesley Theological Seminary in DC. He is currently a scholar in residence at First United Methodist Church in Newton, NC, and teaches a series of Rural Ministry certification courses through BeADisciple.com.
Contact Hinton Center to schedule a training session for adults in your community, church, school, or other organization to learn how to recognize signs of a mental health crisis or issue and be equipped to respond appropriately in offering support and connecting individuals with the help needed. Two courses are available: Adult MHFA and Youth MHFA (for parents/guardians and adults who work with youth, such as teachers, coaches, church youth leaders, etc.).
Training options include virtual, on-site, and combination; Hinton staff can offer training at Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC, or at your location (host covers travel//lodging expenses). For details, see the flyers below and/or email email@example.com .
Youth Leadership Chatuge hopes to resume in 2021, dependent on COVID-19 concerns and guidelines. Students enrolled in the Spring 2020 class will be contacted regarding a 2021 start date and course details, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.
What Is Youth Leadership Chatuge?
The purpose of Youth Leadership Chatuge is to develop leadership skills of middle school youth assessed to have innate leadership abilities so that they are — and feel — equipped, empowered, and encouraged to be servant leaders in their spheres
of influence, resulting in positive and recognizable impacts.
Youth Leadership Chatuge is a 9-week leadership training program for middle school youth
offered after school, at the school, once a week. Each session is 90 minutes. Participants are accepted into the program, based on applications and assessments for giftedness in organizational leadership. The course is led by Karen Kluever, of Hinton Center, with the help of community volunteers. It consists of a series of hands-on, small group activities that focus on specific leadership abilities. Students take turns serving as team leaders; activities are followed by small group discussion.
Details for the Fall 2021 semester of Youth Leadership Chatuge will be coming in the spring.
Attention Leaders, Emerging Leaders, and Entrepreneurs! Whether you work or serve in business, government, education, the arts, nonprofits, or you’re preparing for your next vocational or career move, Leadership Chatuge can equip and support you, providing a solid foundation to be a more knowledgeable and effective leader in our rural mountain community. Topics include: personal leadership styles, regional economic development and opportunities, local history and Appalachian culture, community supports, understanding social determinants of health, and much more. Highlights include speakers who are experts in their fields, networking opportunities, resources, and engaging presentations.
- For adults and high school students in Clay and Cherokee counties (NC) and Towns County, GA
- Class size limited for optimal instruction and interaction.
- 12 weeks; Thursdays, 4:30-7:30pm; at Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, NC
- Tuition Cost: $375; includes speakers, weekly dinners, and supplies; some partial scholarships are available.
- Applications due August 6, 2021.
For information on scholarships, to obtain an application, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hinton Resources Available by Link or Order …
Free Webinar Video: “Wesley, Racism, and Anti-Slavery”
From the early days of his ministry, Methodism founder John Wesley was a staunch abolitionist. Professing that all humans are made in the image of God, he worked continually to end slavery, offer salvation to all, and spread scriptural holiness. This webinar, led by Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith*, explores how Wesley’s anit-slavery writings can inform and inspire our anti-racist work today.
Free Webinar Video: “How Methodists Respond to Disease & Pandemic Through Music, Art, & Poetry”
Throughout their history, Methodists have responded in many ways to diseases and outbreaks. This webinar, led by Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith*, focuses on their responses through song, poetry, art, and craft, inspiring participants to reflect on artistic responses to our current pandemic crisis.
Bird Feeders and Pie Pans: Pandemic, Faith & the Rural Community
This digital, 5-session resource (on a USB drive) includes videos of the live webinars, PowerPoint presentations, pdfs of the PowerPoint slides, and a discussion guide. Use for small group study, Sunday school class, or other ministry team program.
Just as there are multiple, creative responses to birds in gardens, rural folk have the potential to respond to their COVID-19 realities and the fallout from this disease. Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith* explores those realities and guides participants in considering some uniquely Christian and rural ways in which to respond.
*Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith has undergraduate and master’s degrees in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University and a PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Christian Education and Congregational Studies, with a focus on rural ministry. He is an online instructor for Garrett and Wesley Theological Seminary and teaches Rural Ministry certification courses through BeADisciple.com. Jonathan lives outside of Hickory, North Carolina.
Organizational Support, Training, and Workshops
Our staff and associates at Hinton Center are available to resource and support operations and lead training and workshops for your group, church, nonprofit, or organization on a variety of topics, as well as offer specific services, such as catering a meeting or conference, photographing a special event, or leading a retreat. For most offerings, length and format can be customized to meet the needs and goals of your group or organization.
Interested in a topic that’s not listed? Please contact us. Training or workshops should be scheduled 3 to 9 months in advance and can be incorporated into a retreat, mission outreach, or conference event. Cost, if applicable, to be determined.