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Idea to Action Series

Thinking Deeply, Ministering Intentionally 

Introducing the Idea to Action Series, a chance for United Brethren pastors, ministry staff, and laypersons to gather together to learn about and discuss practical ministry.

Each symposium in the Idea to Action Series is free for those wishing to attend. To participate in the Idea to Action series pre-registration is required.

What: Each symposium will include an academic lecture, an interview with an exemplary practitioner, and a Q&A with a practitioner model.

When: Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Due to COVID-19, the symposium will be offered as an online event.

Why: The Idea to Action Series exists to:

  • Provide theologically informed ministry perspectives
  • Provide a consistent source of quality continuing education credits
  • Provide opportunities for Huntington University ministry students and alumni to interact with local and regional ministry practitioners

The 2020‚Äď2021 Series

Join us for the second year in our series of in-depth training events in which we explore relevant ministry topics in light of theological reflection, exemplary practice, and proven resources. Huntington University will host the event through an online format.

  • Monday, October 26, 2020 | “Using Geographical and Archeological Knowledge to Enhance Teaching and Preaching”

  • Monday, March 29, 2021 | “Erase the Stigma: Equipping the Church on Mental Health Issues”

To register for the Idea to Action symposium, please use the online registration link.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Theme: Erase the Stigma: Equipping the Church on Mental Health Issues

  • 10:00 a.m. – Dr. Mandy Kellums Baraka - "Who's in Your Pew? History of Mental Health Care in the Church Congregations"
  • 11:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion with Dr. Jerry Davis: "Current Practices for Mental Health Care in the Church"
    • Panel Members:
      • Rachele Dixie: Director of Christian Education, New Covenant Worship Center, Fort Wayne, IN
      • Amanda Campati: Church administrator and coordinator of small group ministries, Broadway Christian Church, Fort Wayne IN
      • Kathleen Schaffer: Member of the parish health team, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, IN
  • 11:45 a.m. – Break
  • 12:00 p.m. – Dr. Eric Williams – "Pastoring Post Pandemic: Resources and Reflections for the Days Ahead"