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Fresh Expression House of Studies

Registration is now open for the M.S.D. Program (Ministry of Spiritual Direction)!

Learning the practice of spiritual direction opens a whole new door of ministry and spiritual discernment companionship—whether you are a layperson or clergy. Take the next steps to becoming a Spiritual Director with the outstanding two-year online Ministry of Spiritual Direction program.

Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center
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Registration is now open for the 2023 Ministry of Spiritual Direction 2-Year Program – Deadline July 24!

Learning the practice of spiritual direction opens a whole new door of ministry and spiritual discernment companionship—whether you are a layperson or clergy. Take the next steps to becoming a Spiritual Director with the outstanding two-year online Ministry of Spiritual Direction program. View the program’s details here.

Free Informational Webinar

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Program Registration

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Fresh Expression House of Studies

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The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center honors the legacy of Bishop Bruce Ough, who guided and supported creative ministries through his ministry as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Launched in honor of his retirement, the Innovation Center also continues United Theological Seminary’s commitment to providing innovative theological education. Bishop Ough continues to serve the Church as Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops.

The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center provides learning opportunities to resource church leaders and congregations with creative, practical, effective tools for unleashing God’s Church as the spiritual movement of Jesus Christ. One of the core initiatives is an 18-month congregational renewal cohorts for pastors and lay teams centered on breakthrough prayer and equipping possibilities. Pastors will also have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree at United with a project tied to the work their church is doing in their Innovation Center cohort. The Innovation Center also offers webinars, events, and online resources throughout the year to go beyond the trends and share what innovative church leaders are actually doing about them. The goal of the center is to become a hub of innovation.

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey – Director

[email protected] | 937.529.2321

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey is the Center’s inaugural director. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Kibbey shares her passions for breakthrough prayer, missional movements and spiritual renewal as a speaker, coach and congregational consultant. For the past 10 years, she has served as Director of the Office of Missional Church Development for the West Ohio Conference of The UMC.

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To learn more about the Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center or to become an Innovation Center Partner, please contact:

Sue Nilson Kibbey – Director
[email protected]
 937.529.2321

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Upcoming Events

Ministry of Spiritual Direction FREE Informational Webinar

The Innovation Center, in partnership with The Center for Spiritual Formation, is offering an Informational Webinar on the a two-year online training course for Spiritual Directors. This webinar will provide discussion and information about the ministry of a Spiritual director, the details of the training and costs involved.

Spiritual Direction is companionship given by one Christian to another which enables that person to listen for the direction of the Holy Spirit as a person opens his/her life to God’s presence; to respond to God’s guidance; to grow in intimacy with God; and to live out the beauty of the relationship. The program is intended to assist those who participate in sharpening listening skills, bring clarity to areas of giftedness, and acquire the tools and practices essential to caring for souls in love.

In partnership with the Black Methodists For Church Renewal (BMCR):
Laity Leadership Institute 2024

Course 1: Trauma Resiliency and Healing Through Music & Worship

Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Worship and music both aid in self-regulation/healing and each holds value individually and collectively. In 2023, the National Institute on Health reported that more than 1 in 5 adults live with mental illness. This is heavily attributed to the variety of traumatic experiences one has endured in a lifetime. However, there is an antidote readily available to assist. Music has been intricately woven into society’s fabric, and held individuals, entities, and movements together for more than two centuries. From ancient medical practices to modern day science, music has been consulted for its’ vast healing properties.

This session offers participants the chance to unpack the gift known as music while identifying its’ neurological impact. Additionally, participants will learn how to incorporate trauma-informed worship practices within their respective churches to assist congregants navigating challenging times. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to depart with 2-3 practical applications that promote positive emotional health and well-being.

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