Advance Opportunities


Advance Opportunities

Come in advance of Triennial and advance your awareness, advance your growth, advance your perspectives on multiple dimensions of ministry with these great offerings.

If you have any questions, contact Jill Ulven. Phone: (773) 596-2493  Fax: (773) 596-2494 Email:

Advance A | VanHorn B
AVA (Advocacy for Victims of Abuse) Regional Coordinator Training and Local Advocate Training

Wednesday, July 27, 8am – 4pm
This vital training provides vocabulary, perspectives, and tools needed to raise awareness on regional and local church level. Key points include: a basic understanding of domestic violence and childhood sexual assault; understanding of the advocacy ministry and role in the Evangelical Covenant Church; theological issues facing victims, survivors and offenders; tools and skills for the ministry of advocacy.

The class is interactive using videos, role play, small group discussions and case studies. Persons seeking to become AVA Regional Coordinators will satisfactorily complete the training and will be commissioned as AVA Regional Coordinators during Triennial XV. To participate in RC training, you must be approved by your Women Ministries regional conference leadership and successfully complete AVA RC application. Request application by emailing Those desiring Local Advocate Training attend this class and should complete the Local Advocate application.

Avance B
Entrenamiento en español de Abogacía para Victimas de Abuso

Miércoles, 27 de julio 2016, 8am – 4pm
Los participantes desarrollarán un conocimiento básico sobre la violencia doméstica y el abuso sexual en la niñez, como la comprensión e importancia del ministerio de abogacía y la función del mismo dentro de la Iglesia del Pacto Evangélico, a nivel de conferencias regionales y de la iglesia local. Comprenderán las cuestiones teológicas que enfrentan las víctimas, los sobrevivientes y los agresores, al mismo tiempo obtendrán las herramientas y destrezas para el ministerio de abogacía. La clase será en un ambiente sagrado y participativo utilizando videos, dramatizaciones, discusiones en grupos pequeños y casos de estudios. Esta capacitación será sin costo.

Advance C | VanHorn A
Mending the Soul Facilitator Training

Wednesday, July 27, 1 – 5pm-Thursday, July 28, 8am – Noon
Our churches are home to many victims of abuse, yet clergy and laity alike often lack the knowledge, preparation, and resources to help. This eight-hour training will equip participants to understand abuse and recovery through a lens sensitive to the effects of trauma and the integration of faith. Participants will learn the Mending the Soul community model of healing, which is based in solid theoretical and clinical research. This workshop is the first step for those seeking to become lay Mending the Soul facilitators, and will enable participants to set up MTS support group Bible studies, screen for appropriate participants, understand group dynamics, and direct their own soul care. Cost: $89.00

Advance E | Benton A/B
Exploring the Call: What Am I Hearing and What Does It Mean?

Wednesday, July 27, 1 – 8pm through Thursday July 28, 8am – 4pm
A facilitated 2-day group experience to help women of all ages discern God’s call on their lives.

God calls us first to himself in salvation; then he invites us to serve and calls it ministry. Service looks different for each woman, and it has a way of growing and expanding as we explore ministry in all its richness and diversity. What steps might God be calling you to take? What would it mean to live fully into your call? Using shared story, listening and discernment exercises and study of the Scripture, we’ll take time to reflect, pray, listen, and share with others what God may be saying to each woman.

Advance F | Chouteau B
Leaders—Fresh Vision for the New Day

Thursday, July 28; 8:30am – Noon
As Women Ministries continues to grow in its value to and ministry in the Covenant, we increasingly see that traction is gained where good leadership and team effort is in place. How can congregations effectively engage with all women, and what combination of effort and emphasis will be most effective? What are the best practices for building a team of women who will make the church a central place for women to connect?