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Oak Ridge District Academy Model 2012
How many leaders in your congregation attend district workshops? Is it becoming more difficult to solicit leaders from your congregation to attend district workshops? How long a drive is it for your leaders to attend district workshops? If it has become a challenge for your church leaders to attend district training workshops, then the Oak Ridge Academy may be a logical solution for training the laity.
As for the leadership in the New Tazewell congregation, they would have to travel about 90 minutes one way to attend workshops held in Oak Ridge. In addition to travel, attending a two hour workshop, and eating, consumes most of the day when I ask my leadership to attend workshops in Oak Ridge. That is a lot to ask in today’s society because most of the leadership in my congregation own local businesses, and usually work six days a week. I would imagine that most of your leaders have tight schedules, and it is becoming more difficult for them to attend workshops. At the same time, due to the rising cost of travel, it is a major financial obstacle for some leaders to attend workshops.
What if? What if the Oak Ridge Academy could bring a team of teachers to your area? Do you think more of your leadership would attend? I suspect they would with your encouragement. I believe it is easier to send two to four teachers who could offer workshops in your area than to persuade two people from your congregation to drive to Oak Ridge.
Here is what the Oak Ridge Academy would like to provide for you and your leadership. The proposal would consist of four models of workshops for the Oak Ridge District. Each workshop would last about 50 minutes each. We would offer four workshops at the event, and your leadership could choose two of the four to attend. The modules would look like this:
Choice of Workshop 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 – 50 minutes
Break – 15 minutes
Choice of Worship 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 – 50 minutes
All together for 5 minute devotion and prayer
Depart back home
Module # 1:
Pastoral Care of the Grieving – Kenny Faught
Technical/Church Sound Support – Keith T.Hampson
Helping the Cognitively Impaired Elderly & Caregivers – Dr. Charles L. Mattson
SPPR Training - Dr. Adam McKee, Oak Ridge D. S.
Module # 2:
Church Administration – Kenny Faught
Technical/Church Sound Support – Keith T. Hampson
Setting up a Lay Care Ministry in the Local Church – Dr. Charles L. Mattson
Conflict Resolution – Dr. Adam McKee or Jim Titcomb
Module # 3:
SPPR Training – Dr. Adam McKee, Oak Ridge D. S.
De-Escalation of Violence – Dr. Charles L. Mattson
Depression – Jim Titcomb
How to Help Learning Disabled kids in the local Church- Keith Hampson
Module # 4:
Relaxation Techniques – Dr. Charles L. Mattson
Introduction to Christian Worship – Kenny Faught
SPPR Training or Conflict Resolution – Dr. Adam McKee
Goal Setting – Jim Titcomb
Note: Any of the workshops listed below could be substituted in any of the Modules listed above. Other workshops offered by district pastors or laity could be shared:
Worship Music Styles
Disaster Relief Training
Sharing of faith stories from district Mission Trips
Safety Issues – Could ask a police officer to talk about safety in the churches
Safe Sanctuary Training
Older Adult Ministries
The Effects of Drugs & Alcohol
Training Guidelines for: Church Council, Trustees, Finance, Evangelism, Mission, or Youth Ministries
Suggestions: to have either one of these Modules offered once a quarter (3 Modules a year-no summer) or at least twice a year, Early Fall and Late Spring. Also, we would offer these Modules in each county that is part of the Oak Ridge District. Or we could join two counties that are close by; for example, Claiborne and Union County together or Anderson County with Lafollette area.
Statement of Purpose: To reach more local church leaders and train them for local ministry. This is in line with the recommendations from the Call to Action Report from General Conference.
Goals: To set a date for the first academy training workshop should be as soon as the Leadership Team and Clergy are on-board. And to provide earlier workshops for those churches wishing a single workshop in their congregation.
Oak Ridge Academy Dean
Dr. Charles L. Mattson
email@example.com Cell: 423-259-1149
Kenny Faught – (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Old Testament Survey
2. New Testament Survey
3. Introduction to Christian Ethics
4. Introduction to Pastoral Care
5. Christian Spirituality (Reading Intensive)
6. Introduction to Preaching (Sermon Preparation)
7. Advanced Preaching (Sermon Delivery)
8. Church Administration
9. Introduction to Christian Worship
10. Church History
11. Pastoral Care of the Grieving
Keith T. Hampson – (email@example.com)
1. Technical Support
2. Church Sound Support
3. Specialized teaching for Autism, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Emotional Disturbance, Social Maladjustment, Sensory Integration Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Seizure Disorder (Epilepsy), Cerebral Palsy, and many other rare syndromes and non-specific disabilities.
Dr. Charles L. Mattson – (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. A Ministry of Caring – Advanced Lay Speaker Training
To help all participants to:
Affirm God’s call to all Christians to care for hurting persons;
Recognize that the experience of feeling cared for helps persons experience hope and grow toward wholeness;
Become more sensitive to caring opportunities and be more intentional caregivers in day-to-day living with family, co-workers, and in
the church and community;
Develop skills that can be used for more effective caring;
Recognize their own need for care and receive that care and support from others.
2. Suicide Prevention – This may include some issues regarding “self-cutting” that is happening in the high schools in our area.
As you leave the hospital after being “on-call,” you receive word that a loved one is missing. His mother escorts you into his bedroom
and shows you his room neatly organized, bed is neat and untouched, and driver’s license, check book, will, and a suicide note are
strategically placed on the dresser and bed. What do you do for the mother?
Suicide Prevention, risk factors, possible warning signs of a pending suicide, suicide facts and statistics, environmental factors
promoting patient safety, and helping prevent suicide after discharge
3. Relaxation Techniques – How to calm patients in the hospital setting or at home while facing long-term illness. Also, how to calm the over-worked and demanding job issues as pastor/chaplain. This workshop includes Centered Prayers and Healing Meditations.
What are relaxation techniques?
Our fast-paced society often causes people to push their minds and bodies to the limit, often at the expense of physical and mental well-being. According to the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University, 60 - 90% of all medical office visits in the United States are for stress-related disorders. Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress and promoting long-term health by slowing down the body and quieting the mind.
4. The Effects of Drugs & Alcohol – Meth and its disastrous effects on the body as well as other drug issues. Do you know what someone looks like with before and after photo’s of a person on Meth?
A young high school student was discovered dead by his sister at his home. He died during the night, and the police find two Oxycontin patches in his mouth. What do you say to his mother at the ER?
Given the many dangers of meth manufacture and use, it is not surprising that children living in homes with meth labs and meth addicts face multiple threats to their health and safety. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, up to half the child welfare cases handled by some Southern Illinois social service agencies are related in one way or another to methamphetamine. "Kids of Addicts Bear Scars as Meth Sweeps Rural Areas," Chicago Tribune, March 7, 2004. Among other threats, children in meth homes face the dangers of chemical contamination; fires and explosions; firearms, explosives, and booby traps; abuse and neglect; dangerous living conditions; and social and emotional problems.
5. The Chaplain’s Role in a Hospital Setting -Code 6 – Security issues at hospitals and the role of Chaplain in the midst of heightened fears.
Crime has penetrated into the healthcare setting at an alarming rate. Assaults on medical personnel are becoming increasingly frequent and severe. Emergency Departments across the country are becoming the scene of violent attacks by patients, relatives or their friends, often involving knives and guns. Hostage taking situations are on the rise. And now after the September 11th attack on America, hospitals are beefing up security to prepare for mass causalities in the event of a bioterrorism attack.
6. Helping the Cognitively Impaired Elderly & Caregivers – How to deal with Alzheimer’s, cognitive issues with stroke or head injuries patients, and the dynamics of helping families with care giving issues.
Note to Caregiver: As a Caregiver, do you still feel responsible, even on vacation, to keep checking messages, to know that I might need to make a choice about coming back home if something happens? Caregivers usually do not know how tired they are until they get away for a while. How is that knot in your stomach? Someone has stated, “I didn’t know the knot was there until I stopped feeling it and that was kind of scary to me, to realize that I had become so use to the stress I was under, that I didn’t even know what it was like not to have it.”
7. Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling utilizes God’s Holy Word as the guideline for dealing with human problems. The goal of biblical counseling is to challenge you to read the Word of God, and take responsibility for solving issues in life. This process may involve “Nouthetic Confrontation” principles contained in the Bible. Though the word nouthetic sounds scientific and modern, it is actually a biblical word derived from Greek that means, “instruct” or “admonish.” This type of counseling has taken place since Biblical Times. This means showing you what the Word of God has to say about particular issues, and how you relate to God’s direction for your life, concerning these issues. The very bedrock of biblical counseling is none but Christ Himself. Nouthetic counseling presents the centrality of Jesus Christ in all of the believer’s life. Biblical counseling espouses three major ideas: Confrontation, Concern, and Change. In this type of counseling, one person confronts another person out of love with the Bible. Biblical counselors believe that the Bible is timeless and relevant for every problem in life, regardless of how far removed this day and age is from the time in which the Bible was written. The Linear Process: Building Involvement, Gathering Data, Isolating the Problem, Determine Direction, Rethinking the Problem, Confrontation, Giving Hope, Gain Commitment, Assign Homework, and Evaluating Homework. In addition to this basic method of gathering data, biblical counseling utilizes the Genogram, and Holy Conferencing principles.
8. Setting up a Lay Care Ministry in the Local Church- Lay care ministry is the way in which we journey with each other in times of celebration, sadness, turmoil, transitions and along the quiet stretches. Together with our shared worship experience, it is the main glue, which holds our church in unity. Lay care is a matter of responding to the specific circumstances any one of us might experience at a given time. An important understanding of this course is that even the strongest of persons experience hurt. Lay care is more importantly, one beggar telling another beggar where to find food (body, soul, spirit).
9. De-escalation of Violence – Unfortunately, tempers rise in church settings when dealing with many issues of our society, including dealing with staff or pastoral personnel. Our policy is that staff will learn some techniques that will assist in de-escalating the aggression in order to prevent actual physical violence.
Signs of aggression: Standing tall, red faced, raised voice, rapid breathing, tensing of muscles, direct prolonged eye contact, or exaggerated gestures.
Does the person seem to be drunk or on drugs?
Does the person have a history of violence?
Does the person have a history of psychiatric illness?
Has the person verbally abused or threatened a staff in the past?
Which of these are present? – Pain/stress/fear/ grief/ depression
Dr. Adam McKee – (email@example.com)
SPPR Committee Training
Healthy Church DNA
Jim Titcomb –
85% of all marriages end in divorce once a disability enters the family. Depression is 15% to 20% higher among those who are chronically ill or disabled. (NOTE: However, the significance of one's faith has shown to lower the risk of depressive symptoms and aid in better handling a stressful medical event!) Various studies report that physical illness or uncontrollable physical pain are major factors in up to 70% of suicides; and more than 50% of these suicidal patients were under 35 years of age. One major disability in our area is Autism. Currently, the nationwide statistic is that 1 in every 150 births will become a child with Autism.