Through the years, the Foundation has provided over a million dollars to support many educational events, workshops and/or seminars which cover a wide range of topics and serve anywhere from 10 to more than 200 people. Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) and Lay Leaders all greatly benefit from LifeLong Learning events that are located within their Presbytery or state.

For Grant Consideration:
If you wish for your event to be considered for a LifeLong Learning grant, please carefully review the guidelines. If your program or events qualifies, download, complete and forward the application to opsf@opsf-omaha.org.  All applications are due August 15th of the current year previous to the planned event year.

Mac User Instructions

For Grant Payments: Please complete the Grant Payment Request form including a written evaluation of your event. All payment requests must be received at the Foundation office no later than November 15th of the year the event was held.

The following are events that have received grants from Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation for 2018 calendar year.

Group Synod of Lakes & Prairies
Event Synod School 2018
Purpose A learning experience and spiritual formation for people of all ages. Speakers Rev. Dr. Jason Santos and Rev. Dr. Jana Childers
Dates July 22-27, 2018
Location Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs, Lay Leaders, Families, Youth & Children
Group Presbytery of Pueblo
Event Developing Disciple-forming Congregations
Purpose Fostering individual spiritual formation and the development of disciple-forming congregations. Speakers Rev. Jason Santos, PCUSA Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation and Rev. Robert Leivers
Dates Jan, Mar, May, Oct (9 days)
Location Hermit Basin (Westcliff, CO) & Easy Yoke retreat (Beulah, CO)
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs, Lay Pastors
Group Presbyteries of Twin City Area
Event Connecting with & Caring for Chaplains
Purpose To explore and define new and more effective ways for a presbytery to support the ministry and learning of non-parish clergy.
Dates 4 meetings per year (4 days)
Location Presbytery Office, Eagan, MN
Participants Teaching Elders
Group Presbytery of Missouri River Valley
Event Congregational Vitality Programming for PMRV
Purpose To educate, train and orient Christian leaders for congregational vitality, continuing education and self-care. Guest speakers Dr. Peter L. Steinke, Deborah Fortel, Holy Cow Online Church Assessment, Yolanda Villa
Dates Continuous ongoing training
Location To be determined Omaha NE
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs
Group Glacier Presbytery
Event Classes from San Francisco Theological Seminary
Purpose To provide quality educational setting and classes presented by SFTS professors.
Dates May, July, Sept, Oct (12 days total)
Location Glacier Presbyterian Center, Lakeside, MT
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs, those considering CRE
Group Indian Nations Presbytery
Event Clergy Retreat
Purpose Learning, time away, and making connections within the presbytery
Dates Fall 2018 (2 days)
Location St. Crispin’s Conference Center, Wewoka, OK
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs
Group PEIA AIM Presbytery Network
Event Disabilities & Faith Workshop
Purpose To learn what religious communities can do in both practical and spiritual ways to engage and support children and adults with disabilities. Guest speaker Jolene Philo
Dates October 2018
Location St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, IA
Participants Teaching Elders, CRE, Lay Leaders, families
Group Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
Event Equipping the Saints
Purpose To equip congregational leaders to strengthen local churches.
Dates October 2018
Location First Presbyterian Church, Willmar, MN
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs, Lay Leaders
Group Presbytery of Northern Kansas
Event Ministry as Improvisation
Purpose Encourage conversation among pastors and lay leaders regarding how we respond to God’ call here and now. Speaker MaryAnn McKibben Dana
Dates October 2018 (3 days)
Location TBD Junction City, KS
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs, Lay Leaders
Group Presbytery of Denver Leadership Group
Event Retreat for Congregational Leaders 2018
Purpose Leadership retreat to provide inspiration and practical skills with guest speaker, Jana Childers, Dean of San Francisco Theological Seminary
Dates November 2018 (2 days)
Location Highlands Presbyterian Retreat, Allenspark, CO
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs, Lay Leaders of Denver, Plains & Peaks Presbyteries
Group Presbytery Pastoral Care Network
Event Church Leaders’ Sabbath (formerly “Pastors’ Sabbath”)
Purpose A time for renewal, reflection, spiritual discernment, wellness and care for Christian leaders.
Dates Winter/spring 2018 (4 days)
Location To be determined
Participants Teaching Elders, CREs

More details and Registration information will be provided as it becomes available.

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