Upcoming Opportunities

I invite your participation in these upcoming opportunities:


Upcoming Courses with Ashland Theological Seminary


Ashland Theological Seminary

SPF 5541: Spiritual Formation I: Spiritual Disciplines

Online Course

Eight Week Online Course: January 8, 2018 – March 3, 2018

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the ancient monastic traditions and weaving these practices into 21st century contemporary culture. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition.

Students will explore European, African-American, Feminist, worship styles along with ancient Ignatius and Benedictine prayers disciplines and discover A Rule of Life for daily living for personal and ministry life.

To register CLICK HERE for the Ashland Seminary website.



Ashland Theological Seminary

SPF 5542: Spiritual Formation II: Prayer

On-Site Course in Columbus, OH, Ashland Columbus Center

Weekends January 26-27, February 23-24, March 23-24
Friday Evenings, 6-9 PM; Saturdays 8 AM -4 PM

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 will explore ancient and contemporary prayer practices and discern how these prayer techniques enhance leadership and contextual ministry.

To register CLICK HERE for the Ashland Seminary website.

This course is Onsite in Columbus, Ohio


Upcoming Course with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Desert Spirituality II – Going Deeper

The Seeker and The Saint

Six-Week Online Course  |  April 9, 2018 – May 18, 2018

During this six-week class you will have the opportunity to “get to know” some of these ancient sages of Christian wisdom; hear their stories of God’s miraculous presence in life and contemplate their wisdom sayings.  Each week you will experience a prayer practice from St. Benedict’s tradition of Desert Wisdom.


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


Center Quest Lifelong Learning Community

Centerquest School of Spiritual Direction

Join an online Ecumenical International learning community for spiritual direction training.
Applications for the 2018-2019 SSD cycle still going on!  Click here to apply.

Contemplative Prayer 1: A Way of Seeing

February 12, 2018 – March 10, 2018

Contemplative Prayer 2: A Way of Listening

March 26, 2018 – April 21, 2018


Water Heart

Faith Forming Conversations
Spiritual Direction and Leadership Coaching

Professional Leadership is only as strong as personal core leadership.

Increase excellence and expand awareness of God in our ever-changing world and personal relationships through coaching and spiritual direction. Brenda provides spiritual direction and coaching through video conferencing, on the phone and in person. Don’t let geography inhibit your next steps into the dance of God’s unfolding possibilities.

Please use the contact form to schedule your first free conversation.



Advance Notice for Classes | Complete Information Coming Soon


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The Heartbeat of Leadership

One Hour Only Webinar
February 22 at noon CT


Center Quest Lifelong Learning Community

Habits of the Heart

May 7, 2018 – June 4, 2018

UMC Certified Lay Ministry Training

The Art of Mediation

March 17, 2018




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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
Click here for more details and registration information


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!

Chaplain David Ohio Northern University

Dear Brenda,

Thank you so much for preaching in chapel! Your message was spot on for the series! I look forward to future collaboration!

Blessings, David.