Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Thursday Aug 1, 2024
Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water:  Creating a World without Church Hurt

with Michelle Snyder, MDiv, LCSW 

A world without hurt sounds pie in the sky but the reality is that we can create safer places for people by building infrastructure that supports.  Waiting until there's a crisis is not the time to act.  Come learn proactive steps to creating a healthier and happier church for all.


Michelle Snyder, MDiv, LCSW
has been doing organizational consulting for over 10 years. With training in theology, systems theory, and organizational intelligence, she brings a unique perspective to her consulting and coaching work with middle judicatories, congregations, nonprofits, and clergy. Michelle has co-authored the book Life, Death and Reinvention: The Gift of the Impossibly Messed-Up Life. When not coaching and consulting, Michelle does suicide prevention training for faith community leaders and spends time at home in Pittsburgh with her clergy husband and two teenage daughters.

August 22, 2024
The Place for AI(Artificial Intelligence) in Ministry

with Jonathan Smith

AI can do amazing things, but how can we use it for God's glory? Join us as we explore the diverse types of AI models, who controls the data (both the input and the output) and what guidelines churches and ministries might adopt for the responsible use of AI in Ministry. 




This webinar qualifies for CPE credit
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Classification: Business Law
Program Knowledge Level: Intermediate 

Jonathan Smith 
has been the Director of Technology at Faith Ministries in Lafayette, IN since 2001. He also extends his ministry through MBS, while still working for his local church. He has a unique ministry perspective as he works both for and with churches. He is an author and a regular speaker at conferences, and writes articles on technology, ministry, leadership, and social media. 


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Achieving Long-Term Goals – How to Make it Happen

with Denise Craig

Presented on 04/17/2024
Have you ever really wanted to accomplish something, but you just couldn’t seem to get any traction? Whether it’s a professional goal, a health-related goal, or a spiritual one, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you along the way. In this free webinar, we will explore some tips, wisdom, and life hacks that can help you get un-stuck and back on track to pursue your dreams.&nbsp;<br />
*At the end, there will be a bonus resource for those who want to start the process of becoming a Certified Church Administrator. *

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Tax & Legal Update: 2023 Year End

with Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA

Presented on 12/7/2023
This webinar will discuss year-end topics, such as contribution receipts and cutoff, W-9s for contract labor, revised W-4s for employees, retirement plan amendments and contributions, and many other topics that will help you through December’s chaos. 

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Navigating AI's Legal Landscape: Discover the Future of Church Leadership

With Erika Cole


Presented on 09/14/2023
In an era where technology is reshaping the way we engage with the world, it's essential for churches to explore new avenues that align with their mission. Join Erika Cole, The Church Attorney® as she delves into the realm of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its legal implications for churches. How can church leaders effectively leverage AI to connect with an evolving society and a culture that's seeking new ways to engage? This webinar goes beyond the surface, not only acknowledging AI's vast potential, but also addressing the crucial legal and risk management facets. From harnessing AI for scripture research and sermon preparation to exploring its role in worship music and even holograms, Erika will guide us through the numerous opportunities AI presents, all while providing essential insights and cautions from a legal standpoint. As your church embraces innovation, be equipped with the knowledge to navigate AI's dynamic landscape.

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Biblical Counseling: Legal Considerations to Help Your Ministry Thrive

with Mark Francis Juba 

Presented on 08/10/2023

Biblical counseling programs serve a vital role in serving the community.  However, there exist many pitfalls that could create unintended risk. This webinar provides you with the basic tools to strengthen your counseling program and seeks to give you the confidence to continue doing God’s work. 
First, this webinar walks through ways to mitigate risk related to the key claims normally asserted against a church’s counseling program.  These key areas include: 
1, clergy malpractice or negligent counseling; 
2, breach of confidentiality; 
3, sexual misconduct; and 
4, child abuse.
 Second, the webinar emphasizes the importance of proper insurance and explains professional liability insurance for such counseling programs.  
Third, this webinar highlights the crucial state law distinctions between: 
1, licensed professional counseling; and 
2, Christian, pastoral, and biblical counseling programs.  
Certain measures must be actively taken and prohibited to avoid triggering mandatory compliance with a state’s licensed professional counseling laws.  
Fourth, this webinar explores emerging legal trends (often anti-Christian) impacting Christian, pastoral, and biblical counseling programs and how to navigate them.  Plus, every The Church Network webinar attendee and My Church Law Firm Annual Membership Plan (AMP) client shall receive free sample draft counseling and related documents.  Come join us for the hour in support of your counseling ministry!

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