In this issue:
  • Open Forum Tomorrow!  (February 23)
  • Don't miss our March webinar & our April Annual General Meeting
  • Links to recordings from our Fall webinars
  • Don't give up ALLLM for Lent; if you haven't renewed your membership yet, there's no time like the present
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Exploring Small Church Ministry

The next ALLLM Open Forum is currently planned for Tuesday February 23 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. This is a chance to connect once again with other leaders of lifelong learning across the continent, share stories and strengthen our network.

Our discussions will kick off the theme for our next set of webinars, in which we'll explore the unique aspects of Small Church Ministry.

For this forum we want to know:
  • What con ed programs do you offer for leaders of small churches?
  • How do you see small church ministry as different from the ministry of churches in other sizes?
  • What kinds of programs should ALLLM members be offering to the leaders of small churches in your neighbourhood?

Come join us for a round-table discussion of the joys and struggles of small church ministry, and help focus the topics for our Spring webinar series.

Click HERE to register

Upcoming events -- Mark your calendar now

Tuesday March 15, 2016 -- 2pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time

  • One Body, Many Parts:  Continuing Education Programming for Smaller Congregations
  • facilitator: Marilyn Johns, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond VA
  • The lifelong learning program that Marilyn leads at Union Presbyterian Seminary has a significant focus on supporting the leaders of Smaller Congregations. She'll pick up on the questions and concerns raised in the February Open Forum, and lead us into some reflection on current thinking about how Smaller Congregations are different from the ones most of us were trained to lead, and what she's learning about how to support them.

Thursday April 28, 2016 -- 3-4pm Eastern Time

  • ALLLM Annual Meeting
  • Oddly enough, we're supposed to hold an Annual Meeting once a year! This will be a chance to gather online and talk about ALLLM ... what we've done in the past year; what we hope to do next; what the needs of our membership are. In addition to the regular administrative things that have to happen at any AGM, we'll be inviting reflection and feedback on the webinar series we've hosted over the past year. We'll be interested in your ideas about what topics ought to be addressed in future webinars; whether you think we ought to start planning for another face-to-face conference; and other ways that ALLLM could be helpful to our collective ministry equipping the leaders of the church. Please plan to join us for this important conversation.

Membership Renewal Time

We don't think of ALLLM membership as "penance" for Lent! But we do hope that it prepares us to be leaders of an Easter people.

As Leaders of Lifelong Learning for Ministry, we're called to equip disciples. Please help ALLLM serve your ministry in the months to come. 

Your membership fees help us support you,
and other providers of lifelong learning programs
through our webinar series,
our e-newsletter
and periodic face-to-face conferences.

There is no change in the fees for 2016.
$30/year for retirees and students
$60/year for individual practitioners
$100/year for institutional membership (up to five members)
$200/year for institutional membership (unlimited number from your institution)

Click HERE to join or renew for 2016

Webinar Recordings

Our webinars are designed to promote "live" interaction. It's always a privilege to connect with thought leaders in an informal setting, and have the chance to ask as many questions as possible.

But we also know that continuing educators are busy, and sometimes it's just not possible to join in on the day. Since we're trying to build an audience for this program, our Christmas gift to you is a collection of links to recordings of all the webinars we've done so far. We hope that if you enjoy these, you'll join up for one of the next "live" events, coming soon to a computer near you.

Click on the title of each webinar to view the recording:

Technology & Ministry: Pitfalls and Possibilities
   with Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University in Malibu

Beyond the Talking Head -- how to make webinars interactive and engaging
   with Stephen Fetter, United Church of Canada

Online Classes for Congregations & Educational Institutions
   with Von Clemans, PC(USA)) pastor/educator in Charlotte, NC

Strategies for Digital Storytellers
   with Kimberly Knight, Agnes Scott College and Extravagance UCC.

New Media and Community Formation: What's at Stake?
   with Verity A Jones, Christian Theological Seminary and the New Media Project

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