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Preconvention Institutes 2021

Preconvention Institute Sessions on Thursday,

November 18th, 2021 9:00 am – 4:15 pm (PT)

There are two sessions – one full-day or one half-day

  • Full-Day –  Dr. Jon Singletary: Enneagram
  • Half-Day – David Mandani, MSW, LCSW: Mental Health in the Church   

Option #1 Full Day Session

Thursday, November 18, 2021

9am-12:15 pm and 1:00pm-4:15pm PT(6.0 CEs)

Dr. Jon Singletary

Discussion focused on the implementation of the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a spiritual tool, a symbol that is an illustration for various ways (9 ways) we connect to God, ways we can understand ourselves (aka, personality), ways we can strengthen relationships.

My favorite Enneagram metaphor is from a Christian small group study book by Alice Fryling:  A mirror for the soul!  The Enneagram is not magical or mystical, but when used by people of faith, in prayer and with discernment, it can be a mirror for the soul, a way to see ourselves more clearly, to see us the way God sees us, as beloved, and to live out that reflection in response to God’s calling, as a means for compassion and grace, in the hurting world that surrounds us!

Dr. Jon E. Singletary has been the dean of the Garland School since 2015. He previously served as Associate Dean for both undergraduate and graduate studies since 2010. He joined the faculty in 2003 after completing his Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Singletary was pastor of Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Virginia. While serving as pastor, he worked with his congregation to organize a coalition to support nonviolent initiatives in the local community. Before serving as pastor, he worked as a community organizer for an agency providing healthcare to people who were homeless and for a Catholic community settlement house. He has earned an M.Div. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and an M.S.W. from VCU.

Option #2 Half-day Session

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm PT (3.0 CE)

David Mandani, MSW, LCSW

Mental Health in the Church: A New Approach to Building Community

People with lived experience, and their loved ones, have encountered barriers to receiving much needed support, education, and access to fellowship in church communities.  Issues of stigma, prejudice and discrimination have thus marginalized this group.  This pre-convention institute will provide an emerging practice framework on how to build a sustainable and resilient mental health community in a church setting.

David Mandani served as pastor of mental health at Saddleback Church for five years and he is currently pursuing his doctorate in ministry at The Kings University in Dallas Forth Worth . He is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Saving Face Saving Grace, a Christian mental health organization focused on raising awareness and providing education. His extensive background includes serving as a Vice President at the Orange County Rescue Mission – one of the nation’s largest privately funded Christian homeless service providers. Mr. Mandani has over twenty years of service in direct practice, executive leadership, consulting & training, board governance, and church leadership. In addition, David has worked in both emergency room and in-patient psychiatric/mental facilities coordinating care. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 18, David offers a unique perspective as a person with lived experience, and he is fully committed to sharing the comfort and HOPE that he has found in Jesus Christ.