Upcoming Opportunities

I invite your participation in these upcoming opportunities:


Ashland Theological Seminary

Integrating Spiritual Formation as Foundation of the Congregation

Summer 2017
Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, Instructor

Join this opportunity and discover how spiritually forming ministry can be the foundation of all dynamics for ministry within the congregation. From administration to small groups God is re-creating Incarnational relationship with the church.

Summer 2017: DMIN 9943/Seminar in Spiritual Formation

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Ashland Theological Seminary

Spiritual Discipline Class at Ashland Theological Seminary Coming Fall 2017

Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, Instructor

Experience ancient prayer disciplines and discovery a contemporary way of seeing God in all things.

ON-SITE in Columbus, OH

Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
Dates: September 8/9; October 6/7; November 3/4
Friday – 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday – 8:00AM-4:00PM (in Columbus, OH)
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. Students have the option of taking this course for a grade or as pass/fail. Students must make this determination at the beginning of the course and may not change after the course has begun.

To register CLICK HERE for the Ashland Seminary website.



SPF 5542 (Prayer)
Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer
Online Course
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the varieties of prayer in the Christian tradition. It focuses on the role of prayer in the formation of believers in the image of Christ for the sake of the church and the world. Students will practice a variety of individual and corporate prayer forms for personal and ministry formation. Students have the option of taking this course for a grade or as pass/fail. Students must make this determination at the beginning of the course and may not change after the course has begun.

To register CLICK HERE for the Ashland Seminary website.


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


The Way of Forgiveness

coming online October 9, 2017 – November 17, 2017

From the hit series Companions in Christ, by Upper Room publishers. The Way of Forgive is being released online with enhance video and culturally current events. Forgiveness never goes out of date. This opportunity is designed for:

  • Small congregations seeking a short 6-week spiritual formation and bible study experience
  • Large congregations desiring train leaders for in home small group opportunities.
  • Clergy, church leadership and laity dealing with the unsettled current affairs of our nation and world.
  • Individuals can sign up for this class.
  • Small groups can sign up and gather together once weekly to process that teaching material in group and then post individually online in the discussion forums.

Required textbook: Marjorie J. Thompson, 2002, Companions in Christ – the Way of Forgiveness, A Small-group experience in Spiritual Formation Participants’ Book, (Upper Room Books: Nashville), IBS #0-8358-0980-3


Living Streams Flowing Water is providing instruction for this event in partnership with Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Upper Room Books.



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Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days
This year’s Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days follow the theme of calendar seasons. Each season, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring brings unique insights and invitations for the spiritual journey. Even in climates where there is very little seasonal change in temperature, the trained eye can notice little nuances suggesting the slightest interior movement of God’s divine creating. Each season you are invited explore the interior landscape of your heart while experiencing the beauty and joy of the season through a photo pilgrimage prayer walk. In addition to the photo pilgrimage, each Seasonal Sabbath Retreat will have three additional guided prayer practices.

Registration Now Open
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Online self-guided retreats provide participants with framework for personal prayerful reflection, Examen and silence. Participants work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home or work space. After completion of registration the materials come directly to your “inbox”. Seasonal self-guided retreat opportunities are available individually (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) or at a discounted rate when all four seasonal retreats are purchased with your first initial registration.


Supply Preaching



Brenda is available for Supply Preaching when her schedule permits.  For an example of Brenda’s preaching, click here for a recent sermon video.

If you would like to invite Brenda to preach for your congregation, please use the online contact form.  Click here.

Supply Preaching David Lutheran Church

Our church had a time period of 2 ½ months between Pastors. Over that time period Pastor Brenda preached at David Lutheran on 4 weekends (three services each weekend) and also for Ash Wednesday. Our members received her sermons very well. She engages the congregation in her sermons and uses personal stories to give her sermons a more personal touch. Pastor Brenda always ends her sermons asking reflective questions to our members and encouraging them to think about how the scripture lessons are reflected in how we live our lives. While she is an ordained Methodist Minister, she was very thoughtful and cautious about following the Lutheran traditions. She was very gracious to our members and easily engaged in conversation with them. It was a pleasure having her for our supply pastor!