Dr. Tim Crutcher
Tim Crutcher is Professor of Church History and Theology at Southern Nazarene University and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. A graduate of SNU, Nazarene Theological Seminary and the Catholic University of Louvain, Tim served as a volunteer missionary in Belgium and as a missionary professor in Kenya before coming to SNU in 2003. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Rhonda, and his three wonderful children: Andrew, Alex, and Elizabeth.
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Presenter: Dr. Tim Crutcher
Date/Time: July 26, 2017 2:00PM Central Time
Life-Long Learning Contact Hours: 1.00
It is natural for us to walk by sight, not by faith. When times are confusing or difficult, people find it easy to lose heart. But Paul reminds the Corinthians, "Therefore, we do not grow weary, but even if our outward person is decaying, our inner person is being renewed day by day." In this webinar, we will discuss how John Wesley's "optimism of grace" helps us navigate challenging times and gives us hope that God is always doing new things, always redeeming even "this present darkness" toward God's Kingdom of Light.


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Presenter: Dr. Judi Schwanz and Dr. Jesse Middendorf
Date/Time: August 15, 2017 3:00PM Central Time
Life-Long Learning Contact Hours: 1.00
Staff relationships can be complicated. Different personalities, leadership styles and philosophies can quickly derail and debilitate a church – not to mention the senior pastor. Join Dr. Judi Schwanz (Pastoral Care and Counseling Professor at NTS) and Dr. Jess Middendorf (longtime pastor and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership), for a conversation about how to navigate the complexities of leadership in a multi-staff setting. This webinar will be geared to equip and encourage lead and associate pastors alike.

Dr. Judi Schwanz and Dr. Jesse Middendorf
Dr. Judi Schwanz is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Nazarene Theological Seminary, where she teaches in areas such as grief and loss, marriage and family, and the dysfunctional church. She also directs the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, and counsels NTS students. Dr. Jesse Middendorf, D.Min., serves as Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership. He is well acquainted with the challenges of ministry from his years in the parish as well as his time serving as a district superintendent and finally as a general superintendent.

Rev Dr. Jeff Barker
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Barker is an alum of NTS and serves on the New England District.
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Presenter: Rev Dr. Jeff Barker
Date/Time: October 17, 2017 2:00PM Central Time
Life-Long Learning Contact Hours: 1.00
This webinar will help congregations and pastors remember that their lives are immersed in God’s life, and their participation in God’s life is made visible through their participation in God’s mission in the world. Any relative “success” or “failure” is never to be determined by numerical or economic considerations. Congregational faithfulness can only be discovered through observation of a congregation’s Christian narrative and embodied practices.


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Presenter: Dr. Mark Walker
Date/Time: November 16, 2017 2:00PM Central Time
Life-Long Learning Contact Hours: 1.00
While education is essential in equipping young pastors for ministry, it is the role of mentors to prepare them for a lifetime of effective ministry. Mentoring helps to bridge the gap from preparation to practice. By focusing on an action-reflection model, seasoned pastors (mentors) can help emerging pastors (mentees) form the character, understanding, and practices essential for a lifetime of fruitful ministry.

Dr. Mark Walker
Mark Walker has been in pastoral ministry for 15 years and has served at Lansing Woodview Church of the Nazarene since December of 2007. Mark is an alumni of Nazarene Theological Seminary and has just completed his D.MIN at NTS, focusing on the impact of modeling and mentoring on pastors and their long term effectiveness.

Dr. Jeremy Selvidge
Jeremy Selvidge serves as the lead pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He is married to Kristie and has three kids, Regan, Jace and Rylan. Jeremy is passionate about pastors and the churches they serve. Jeremy just completed the Doctor of Ministry degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary where he focused his pastoral research project on assessing and encouraging pastoral health.
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Presenter: Dr. Jeremy Selvidge
Date/Time: December 4, 2017 2:00PM Central Time
Life-Long Learning Contact Hours: 1.00
A recent study of pastors on the Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene revealed several essential components among healthy pastors. During this webinar we will take a look at these findings and consider how we, as pastors, can take steps towards thriving in life and ministry.