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2021 Leadership Academy

September 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am September 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EDT

At its annual Leadership Academy, New Church Ministry gathers leaders all across regions in the United States and Canada. Our team invites pastors, church planters, chaplains, and others who are interested in becoming empowered to join us. You do not need to be a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to attend.

This virtual event includes three separate track sessions for core teams who have yet to launch a community of faith, teams that have recently started one, and leaders of established congregations, DOCTalks facilitated by thought leaders who will address missional transformation inclusive of every stage of leadership and congregational vitality, and LEADLabs (Learn.Explore.Actuate.Discover.Laboratories) designed to help participants imagine, innovate, and implement missional concepts through interactive, practical workshops.

Accommodations for Spanish-speaking participants will be available.


All times are in Eastern Standard Time. 

Tuesday, September 21

11 – 11:30a :30OpeningWelcome
Introduction of Staff and Trainers
Overview of platforms and schedule
11:30 – 12:30p :60DOCTalkDisciple-Making with Eun Strawser
12:30 – 1p :30BREAK 
1 – 2:30p:90Track Sessions 
2:30 – 3p:30BREAK 
3 – 4p :60LEADLabs1. Church Planting Process with Terrell
2. Relationships with Joy and Heidi
3. Self-Care with Joselyn
4. Facilities with Craig
5. Sabbath with Eun
4 – 4:30p :30BREAK 
4:30 – 6p :90Track Sessions 

Wednesday, September 22

11 – 11:10a :10 Opening 
11:10 – 11:30a :20 Breakout &
11:30 – 12:30p  :60 DOCTalkInnovation with Lorenzo Lebrija
12:30 – 1p :30 BREAK 
1 – 2:30p :90 Track Sessions 
2:30 – 3p :30 BREAK 
3 – 4p :60 LEADLabs1. Foresight and Futuring with Lorenzo
2. Financial Wellness with Cynthia
3. Trauma-informed Church Development with
4. Rebuilding with Joey
5. Soul-care with Tim
4 – 4:30p :30 BREAK 
4:30 – 6p :90 Track Sessions 

Thursday, September 23

11 – 11:10a :10Opening 
11:10 – 12:30p  :80DOCTalk
12:30 – 1p :30BREAK 
1 – 2:30p :90Track Sessions 
2:30 – 3p :30BREAK 
3 – 4p :60LEADLabs1. Missional and Social Action with Brandon
2. Communication with Nadine
3. Church Growth with Rebekah
4. Disciple-making with John
5. Digital Church with Mark
4 – 4:30p :30BREAK 
4:30 – 6p :90 Commissioning Service


Each registration is limited to five individuals. If your faith community is only signing up one individual, the cost is the same. There is a limit of one place of worship/church per registration. Please do not mix members from different churches in an attempt to avoid multiple registration costs per collective. There is financial assistance available for new churches at the discretion of the region. Registration is now closed.


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