The Sacred Calls Story
As the Covid-19 Pandemic was spreading across the country and churches were moving online, I began to understand the stress and burnout of my colleagues in a new way. As one who believes deeply in the vow we take to be a friend among our colleagues, I offered to teach Advent classes in 2020 via Zoom. Just to lighten the load a bit for a few friends. It was then I saw that God was opening a door to something new. My hope is to provide a space where church members can learn, pastors can rest, and we can all be moved by the Holy Spirit.
Primarily, I am giving as much energy as possible to officer training for PC(USA) sessions, and a current events video series (which is free!). These two have garnered such interest that I am leaning into them.
The training is fun, informative, and in many instances transformational. I love Presbyterian polity, so if you don't, I'll be your friend.
I also create education resources for Lent and Advent and classes that can be used at any point in the year. Some are one page worksheets that can be a concise resource for busy preachers, some are great for church discussion groups, and others for larger class settings.
I hope you love all of it!
Drew Wilmesherr, UKirk Atlanta
Rev. Bethany Benz-Whittington’s curriculum is well prepared, insightful, and engaging. For our campus ministry, she made the lessons accessible for our college students as well as thought-provoking. It was a huge benefit to us that we could simply enjoy the conversation without having to prepare the lessons ourselves.
Rachel Helgeson, Northminster Presbyterian Church
As a solo pastor, sometimes it's hard to be able to do all the things. I reached out to Bethany and she offered holding an Advent Christian Ed class geared towards Adults via Zoom. The class was amazing! I still hear from parishioners who took the class thinking and considering things that she taught about the bible, traditions, and the intersections with modern day life. As a pastor I was grateful to be able to hand this off to someone who specializes in Christian Ed and Spiritual Formation and know that I would not have to worry about what was being taught, because Bethany brings a high level of personality, information, and accessibility to those who attend. I would recommend her without hesitation to lead your next study and bring a new perspective to your congregation!!!
Elder Diane Brown, Highland Presbyterian Church
Last Advent season, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in Rev. Bethany's class on “Mary, the Mother of God.” We explored the character of Mary in the Gospels and the various ways both believers and non-believers have viewed Mary over the years. Rev. Bethany has a tremendous knowledge base and she raises some very intriguing questions and points of view for class members to think about and discuss. I appreciated the chance to expand my understanding of my faith!