Monday, August 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM EDT

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St. Stephen Lutheran Church 
3725 Kent Road
Stow, OH 44224-4630

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Rev. Karl Biermann - kkbiermann@gmail.com 
Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA 

Workshop Information

Sponsored by:Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP); Northeastern Ohio Synod (NEOS)

Misconduct might express itself in terms of sexuality or finances or emotional abuse. Whether from a church member, lay leader, or rostered person, misconduct impacts larger systems and can raise opportunities to seek wholeness: 

  • How can we best respond to survivors, perpetrators, and congregations?
  • What dynamics do congregations experience because of misconduct?
  • Why is it important to “name the pain”?
  • What processes can help contribute to healing?
  • How well are we handling our own “slippery slopes”?
  • Where do we discover the reconciling power of God?
  • What safeguards can help to reduce the possibility of misconduct?

This 2 day workshop includes healing worship, presentations, case studies, and the sharing of experiences. Participants will promote congregational wholeness by equipping themselves to:  

  • rebuild trust and health
  • mange conflict maturely
  • reclaim congregational ministry and mission
  • encounter Jesus Christ, crucified and risen

Register and attend if you are experiencing God’s callings to

  •  process a misconduct experience
  • reenew congregational health and wholeness
  • develop a ministry specialty in this area
  • look after your congregation proactively

Workshop Presenters:

  • Barbara Keller, Therapist and ELCA Consultant for the Prevention of Misconduct
  • Beth Marie Halvorsen, Intentional Interim Pastor and NALIP faculty member
  • Marcus Lohrmann, Interim Pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH; former Interim Bishop, Florida-Bahamas Synod (2017); retired after 18 years as Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod