2021 Webinar Series

You are invited to participate in our monthly webinar series for 2021. The webinars are designed to engage topics of key interest to professionals and board members serving in the field of health and human services. We hope the conversations that take place will connect you with faith-grounded strategic business tools and ideas to advance your mission.

Webinar sessions are typically 30 minutes, but some topics can require more time and will be noted in the session description.

Webinars will take place on Thursday afternoons (when possible) beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

We are still in the planning stages for our 2021 webinars, but details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

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We have the webinar themes planned out for the first half of 2021




  1. Strategic Planning in the Midst of a Pandemic
    January 14 – 2:30-3:30


    “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr

    Join us for a panel discussion to hear about one organization’s strategic planning process. UMRC & Porter Hills began a process in late 2019, only to be side-tracked by the onset of the Pandemic. The Board and Leadership made the decision to continue forward with the process. Learn why they made that decision, the process they used, and the outcome that includes a new Mission Statement and Strategic Plan.



    Alisa Miller, CFO/MHS and Managing Director, MHS Consulting
    Jeremy Kauffman, Consultant with MHS Consulting
    Mary Wagner, Board Trustee for UMRC & Porter Hills


    A Time to Rest and Nourish the Soul
    January 28 - 3:30-4:15 pm Description

    The year 2020 was difficult for all of us. While we remain hopeful for what the new year will bring, we know that many continue to carry the grief and burden of the past year. Join us for a mini retreat with spiritual director, Samantha Lioi.



    Samantha Lioi, Spiritual Director


  2. Recruiting During a Labor Shortage
    February 25 - 2:30-3:15 pm Description

    This webinar is the first in a two part series that focuses on providing tools and resources for organizations to be successful in workforce recruitment and retention. This session is geared towards recruitment and will provide insight into best practices and helpful tips on how to attract applicants for your open positions. We will have conversations with individuals involved in recruiting in their organization, and will share with you the successes and failures from their unique perspective.



    Jeremy Kaufman, MHS Consultant
    Mike Scheuren, Vice President of Talent and Culture, Frederick Living
    Karen Schrock, Human Resources Director, Pleasantview (Iowa)
    Clark Roth, Vice President of Human Resources, Bluestem Communities

  3. Hacks and Habits to Create a Culture of Innovation
    March 25 - 3:00-3:45 pm Description

    Did you miss attending the virtual Mennonite Health Assembly? This workshop was one of the highest attended and rated workshops! Steve Lindsey, workshop presenter, will be present to answer your questions following our replay of this excellent workshop.

    We all know that innovation is critical to our future success and the uncertainly of the past year has made this priority all the more relevant. In spite of that, however, we all struggle to build an “innovation engine” into our organizations. This session will focus on some simple tips, hacks and habits that can help to integrate innovation into the culture of each of our organizations.



    Steve Lindsey, Garden Spot Communities


  4. Keeping Your Best Team Members 
    April 22 - 2:30-3:30 pm Description

    This webinar is the second in a two-part series on recruitment and retention. This session’s focus will be how to retain your best team members. Too often organizations hire new employees only to see them leave within a short time frame. Building a positive culture that allows for high involvement and encourages each team member do their best work will increase retention and improve performance. Join this webinar for best practices and tips, and to hear successes and failures from individuals doing this work in their organizations.

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    Jeremy Kaufman, MHS Consultant with special guest, Krista Ogburn, Director of Human Resources, Jubilee Association of Maryland


  5. Leadership Development and Succession Planning
    May 13 - 2:30-3:15 pm Description

    Leadership development and succession planning is often considered for those in the highest levels of the organization, but each employee that works in your organization is a potential successor for every role in your ministry. Providing career ladders, training and education and other succession planning programs has been proven to improve employee retention, and also plays an important role in your initial recruitment process. Join a panel of MHS peers to hear how the ways that they are addressing leadership development in their organizations and improving their employee retention in the process.

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    Karen Lehman, MHS President/CEO


    Values-based Business Solutions
    May 27 - 2:30-3:15 pm Description

    Do your finance and human resource solutions align with the values of your organization? Join us for this 30-minute webinar to learn more about MHS Medical Expense Plan (health and dental insurance), Investment and Fundraising services. Hear from Everence and MHS leadership about solutions that support your human resource and finance functions, deliver excellence, and align with your organization’s faith and values. A panel of your peers will share why they chose these values-based solutions and the difference it has made to their organizations.

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    Ken Hochstetler, President and CEO, Everence Financial
    Karen Lehman, President and CEO, MHS
    Bill Hartman, VP Organization Services, Everence
    Clare Krabill, COO and MEP Managing Director, MHS
    Preston Kaehr, Executive Director Christian Care Retirement Community
    Jodie Smiley, Executive Director, Paxton Ministries

  6. Board Governance: Part 2
    June 24 - 2:30-3:00 pm Description

    Description coming.


    Karen Lehman, MHS President/CEO
    Valerie Rempel, Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary Vice President and Dean of the Biblical Seminary


  7. Fundraising
    July 22 - 2:30-3:00 pm Description

    Description Coming.


    David Warren, Everence VP of National Markets


  8. Social Media Communications Strategies
    August 26 - 2:30-3:00 pm Description

    Description Coming