Healing Meditation podcasts

Through both guided and unguided mediations, Dr. Kenneth Bakken seeks to bring the healing grace of God’s love into our lives to make body, mind and spirit whole again. Enjoy a guided Christian meditation on podcasts with Dr. Bakken featuring the beautiful music created for this series. Experience the guided meditation on the first track and an instrumental guide on another. This makes a great gift.
 
Dr. Kenneth Bakken, D.O., Dr. P.H., is the current president of HealthVision International. He is known nationally through his many roles, some of which include physician, ordained pastor, educator, author, speaker, theologian, consultant and public health scientist.

Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo

 

¿Qué es la Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo?

            La Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo está diseñada para fortalecer la capacidad ministerial de congregaciones latinas al incrementar la manera de identificar y formar líderes saludables quienes serán equipados para servir a sus comunidades, con una clara identidad denominacional. Esta academia se enfocará en la formación de líderes laicos con un énfasis de misión evangelista que les faculte con herramientas necesarias para vivir su fe activamente en el mundo. Cada clase está dirigida por un facilitador de grupo, utilizando clases grabadas en línea por personas con experiencia en cada campo de misión.
   

            Al principio, la Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo comenzó como un esfuerzo Luterano, y se llamaba Academia Luterana Latina de la ELCA. Debido al interés de los Episcopales, seguidos por los Metodistas, optamos por utilizar un nombre ecuménico, ya que buscamos el engrandecimiento del Reino de Dios en sus diferentes expresiones eclesiales. Después de haber estado operando desde el 2013 a través de la página de https://waytolead.org/, este año 2018 ha sido un año de transición y estamos reubicando estos recursos al portal de https://www.selectlearning.org/ como también reactivando los entrenamientos para facilitadores.

 

Preguntas frecuentes

¿Cuál es el objetivo?

            El objetivo es tener una enseñanza básica para laicos para que puedan apoyar a sus líderes pastorales de una forma más informada, pero NO a nivel de licenciatura o maestría. De hecho, no queremos otorgar ninguna acreditación académica, sólo un certificado de participación. El punto es que tenemos muchas iglesias en las que sus líderes saben muy poco de la iglesia. Al final del primer año, saldrán mejores catequistas, directores de grupos de oración, liturgistas para entrenar a otros, predicadores, evangelistas, y en algunos casos sentirán el llamado, y les guiaremos si desean continuar con estudios avanzados de teología para la ordenación. El primer año es más para aprender cómo ayudar dentro de la iglesia, lo convencional. Para el segundo año, nos vamos a enfocar en el cuidado integral de la persona como líder, destrezas de liderazgo, desarrollo de misión, ecumenismo, justicia social y más.

 

La dinámica es híbrida, con clase presencial en grupo y videos completos en línea durante la clase.  Todos los cursos se pueden inscribir en el portal de https://www.selectlearning.org/. Se les proveerá a los facilitadores y a los estudiantes acceso a los videos con la dirección electrónica, usuario y contraseña que será efectiva por 3 meses. Esta información será enviada al facilitador por correo electrónico antes de comenzar la clase. Los estudiantes no tienen que ir en línea si no lo desean. El video completo será visto en clase. Sin embargo, si los estudiantes quisieran ver de nuevo el video lo pueden hacer.

           

Las guías, y bibliografía y demás materiales están disponibles en el sitio electrónico de la clase. Estamos usando esta dinámica híbrida porque hemos descubierto lo siguiente, que para que un curso en línea sea efectivo, el estudiante tiene que ser sumamente disciplinado. Por otro lado, las clases con un profesor presente resultan costosas y solo está disponible para una clase, no dándole continuidad al grupo. De este modo, con las discusiones en grupo se puede analizar el material de acuerdo con cada contexto, y los pastores o líderes del grupo pueden enfocarse en facilitar las conversaciones y desarrollar el pensamiento crítico de los estudiantes, en vez de ser los presentadores. Cada clase es aproximadamente 4 horas de video divididos en segmentos, en su mayoría de media hora.  Al final de cada segmento habrá preguntas para facilitar la discusión en grupo. Al final, son 8 horas de clase en grupo y 4 de práctica (recomendable) y salen con 12 horas de preparación en cada tema. Hasta ahora las clases han sido grabadas en video, lo más profesionalmente posible, por instructores Luteranos en su mayoría.

 

¿El costo?
            El costo inicial es alto y dependemos de las denominaciones para que lo financien, pero queremos que sea lo más accesible posible a los estudiantes. Gracias a un subsidio especial, este año 2018 no estaremos cobrando por los cursos en línea, para hacerlos aún más accesibles a los estudiantes y congregaciones.

 

            Estos grupos de aprendizaje se pueden desarrollar en cualquier lugar de cualquier país que tenga acceso al internet. Podemos entrenar a un grupo de facilitadores iniciales y lo demás es multiplicación de liderazgo.

Los facilitadores poseerán los códigos para cada clase, los cuales ustedes recibirán al inscribirse. Si usted desea ser un facilitador, o para más información puede contactar a la Diaconisa Aura Suárez a Aura.Suarez@elca.org 

 

 

What is the Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo?

            Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo is designed to strengthen the ministerial capacity of Latino congregations by increasing the way to identify and train healthy leaders who will be equipped to serve their communities, with a clear denominational identity. This academy will focus on the formation of lay leaders with an emphasis on evangelistic mission that empowers them with the necessary tools to live their faith actively in the world. Each class is led by a group facilitator, using classes recorded online by people with experience in each field of mission.

 

Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo began as a Lutheran effort first and was called the ELCA Latin Lutheran Academy. Due to the interest of the Episcopalians, followed by the Methodists, we chose to use an ecumenical name, since we seek the expansion of the Kingdom of God in its different ecclesial expressions. Since 2013, the classes have been hosted at https://waytolead.org/, This year, 2018, the courses have been transitioned to https://www.selectlearning.org/ and we are reactivating the training of facilitators.

 

 

 

Frequent questions

What is the objective?

 

            The objective is to have a basic education for lay people who can support their pastoral leaders in a more informed way, but NOT at a bachelor's or master's level. In fact, we do not want to grant any academic accreditation, only a certificate of participation. The point is that we have many churches where their lay leaders know very little about the church. At the end of the first year, there will be better catechists, leaders of prayer groups, liturgists to train others, preachers and evangelists, and in some cases,  they will feel the call, and we will guide them if they wish to continue advanced theology studies for ordination. The first year is more about how to help within the conventional church. For the second year, we will focus on the integral care of the person as a leader, leadership skills, mission development, ecumenism, social justice and more.

 

A dynamic hybrid learning model is used, with face-to-face class gatherings and full online videos during the class. All courses can be registered for at www.selectlearning.org. The facilitator and students will be given access to the video material with a website address, username, and password that will be in effect for 3 months. These will be emailed to the facilitator just before the class is to start. The students do not have to go online if they do not wish. The full video will be watched in class. However, if students wish to review the video they can do so.

 

            The guides and bibliography and other materials are available in the online class site. We are using this hybrid model because we have discovered on the one hand that a strictly online class requires and exceptional amount of discipline from the student, and on the other a guest teacher is very expensive and is only available for one class—not providing continuity with the group. With this model, the group discussions of the material can be analyzed according to each context, and the pastors or group leaders can focus on being discussion facilitators and critical thinking promoters, rather than presenters. Each class has approximately 4 hours of lecture divided into half hour segments. There will be facilitated discussion time at the end of each segment. In total there will be 8 hours of class in group and 4 hours of practice (recommended) and students will leave with 12 hours of preparation in each subject. So far, the classes have been videotaped, as professionally as possible, by mostly Lutheran instructors.
 

 

The cost?

            The development cost of the classes is large, and we depend on the denominations to finance them, but we want the classes to be as accessible as possible to the students. For this year, 2018, thanks to a special subsidy, we will not be charging for online courses, to make them even more accessible to students and congregations.

 

            These learning groups can be developed anywhere in any country that has access to the internet. We can train a group of initial facilitators and the rest is multiplication of leadership.

 

The facilitators will have the codes for each class, which you will receive upon registration. If you want to be a facilitator, or for more information you can contact Deacon Aura Suárez at Aura.Suarez@elca.org

In the Company of Preachers CDs

This series was created by Luther Seminary from the conferences called In the Company of Preachers held 2007 through January 2012. Each CD includes  presentations on the topic listed as well as sample sermons related to that topic.
This collection of sermons offers preachers both a continuing education element and an invitation to be renewed in their own faith and ministry through the preaching of others.

Luther Seminary biblical preaching faculty and guests provide teaching comments, paired with sermons that reflect the theme. All of the sermons were preached during Luther Seminary's daily worship in the Chapel of the Incarnation.

In the Company of Preachers podcasts

This series was created by Luther Seminary from the conferences called "In the Company of Preachers" held 2007 through January 2012. Each set of podcasts includes  presentations on the topic listed as well as sample sermons related to that topic.
This collection of sermons offers preachers both a continuing education element and an invitation to be renewed in their own faith and ministry through the preaching of others.

Luther Seminary biblical preaching faculty and guests provide teaching comments, paired with sermons that reflect the theme. All of the sermons were preached during Luther Seminary's daily worship in the Chapel of the Incarnation.

Life of Faith

This page shows resources available through Select Learning supporting the Life of Faith initiative.
 

A resource list of addtional material put together by members of the Life of Faith task force can be found by clicking here.
 
 

Health and Wholeness

Textbooks

 

Theology and Ethics

Online Videos

Option to download.

 

The resources in this category are most easily used by streaming. Once purchased, when you are logged into your account, you will find easily accessible links to the resources on the left side of the home page of www.selectlearning.org under a new menu listed as ‘My Content’. Click on the links to be taken to each resource’s video sessions. Click on a session to stream.

 

Streaming the resources is quick and easy when you have fast Internet. Recognizing that some churches do not have fast or consistent Internet, your purchase does include the option of downloading. To download you will need good Internet connection, time, and storage space on your computer. Once downloaded the sessions can be played without worry about Internet signal.

 

When you are at a video session there will be a ‘download’ link on the lower left of the video box. You will need to right click that link and choose ‘save link as’ in order to start the download process. This is true for both Mac and PC.  Depending on your Internet and browser this process can take minutes to hours.  You may need to experiment to see which video player works with your computer and the Internet browser you are using. If you are having difficulty with a media player, VLC is a free resource that works across all platforms. (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

Stewardship

 

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