Community Life & Relationships Seminar Talks

speakerRecently, we held a Community Life & Relationships Seminar.  We wanted to make the sessions available in the hopes that they may be helpful to you.

Session 1: A Biblical View of Relationships (audio; Bryan Stoudt)

Session 2: Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Relationships (audio; Liz Mosebrook)

Dating & Marriage Seminar (extensive notes only; Bryan & Sharon Stoudt)

The audio files must be downloaded before playing.  A special thanks to Scott Hoeckele for his work on the audio recordings!

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Community Life & Relationships Seminar Update

Community Life & Relationships Seminar Group ShotJust wanted to provide a short update on all that God did at our Community Life & Relationships Seminar this past Saturday.

God answered your prayers in bringing out 32 people to learn more about what it means to live in community and approach relationships from a biblical perspective.

I opened our time together with a biblical framework and overview on relationships, then Liz Mosebrook (a counselor) did a great job helping us ‘diagnose’ the common relational challenges we struggle with, and, providing specific help in moving forward.  Especially helpful was a time of personal reflection where we had the opportunity to consider where we struggle in particular, and, set specific goals for progress.

Later, one student mentioned that God had shown her that, while she was willing to put herself in risky situations physically, she has been less willing to do that on a relational level.  Seeing this disconnect in her life was very helpful and will be a blessing in moving forward.

After a fantastic lunch, we ended the day with two seminars, one on dating and relationships (Sharon & I), and one on life in community (Nurse Practitioner Deborah Moss).  These were rich times of teaching and personal interaction.

On a related note, Deborah has been casting vision for forming intentional community among healthcare students, and several have expressed a desire to possibly live together in North Philadelphia beginning in the summer or fall.  Among other things, it’s our hope that these students would both gain a heart for using healthcare to serve the underserved, and, be blessed by all that these communities have to offer.  Stay tuned as God unfolds this story!

As you can see, God blessed our time together.  Thanks again for your prayers!

Prayer Needed: Community Life & Relationships Seminar TOMORROW

puzzle piecesPlease pray for our Community Life & Relationships Seminar tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9am-12pm, with optional seminars running afterwards until 2pm.

We’ll be thinking about God’s vision for relationships, the obstacles we encounter in them, and, how we can practically grow in this area.

More specifically, please ask God to:

  • bring those who would most benefit, and, to give them receptive, teachable hearts through His Spirit;
  • help the many details to come together and go smoothly;
  • bless Sharon, Liz Mosebrook, Deborah Moss, and I as we provide the teaching;
  • work in our lives long after the seminar ends; we are asking God to use this event as a springboard toward lasting change that honors him and blesses many others through those who attend.

CMDA Northeast Winter Conference Update!

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Worshiping together at Winter Conference

Thanks, everyone, for your prayers for this past weekend’s Northeast Winter Conference.  God really answered your prayers!

– We had over 190 students and practicing professionals in attendance, with roughly 30 from the Philadelphia area.  We heard several challenging messages from Dr. Shari Falkenheimer on the theme ‘The Life Cycle of the Christian Doctor’.

– This year, Dr. Elaine Eng offered physicians and dentists an ‘attendings track’ where professionals could enjoy times of teaching and sharing specific to their unique stations in life.

– Now that Sharon is our ministry assistant, she (and our children) joined me this year for the entire conference.  She had the opportunity to spend lots of meaningful time with our female students in particular.

– We were also excited to have Deborah Moss, a local nurse practitioner and council member, in attendance for the weekend.  She does a great job connecting with the students and has played a vital, visionary role on our ministry team!

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Our late night Denny’s Run group!

– As always, our favorite part of the conference was spending time with those from our area, especially the students.  Late Saturday night, about 20 of us went out for our traditional ‘Denny’s Run’.  The guys and I sat in the infamous corner booth and had an extended conversation about what God had been teaching us over the past year.

Thanks so much again for your prayers throughout the weekend.  Only God knows just how vital you are to this ministry!

With love,

Bryan & Sharon

For prayer & praise:

  • Praise for a wonderful Winter Conference!  Please pray for lasting fruit among those who came.
  • Please pray for our campuses as leadership transitions will take place over the next few months.  Pray for me (Bryan) as I help new leaders come onboard and develop a vision for ministry over the next year.
  • Praise for all that Sharon is doing in her new role as ministry assistant.  She is such a blessing both administratively and relationally!
  • Finally, please pray for our Community & Relationships Seminar (Sat., 2/8). Together with Deborah and others, we hope to lay out a biblical foundation for relationships that is also deeply practical.  We plan on covering relationships and community in general, but also romantic relationships, which we hope to put in that larger context.