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.

Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez, interim Minister of New Church Strategies, invites you to join him at this year’s Leadership Academy. En español

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 a keynote speaker 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, ideate, innovate, and implement missional concepts through interactive, practical workshops.

The 2022 Leadership Academy is scheduled to take place from October 18 to October 20 and will take on a different format from previous years. This year, we are reducing the length of the event because we are offering a smaller number of LEADLabs than before, which will be repeated over the course of the three days to ensure that every participant has a chance to attend the workshop of their choice. And for the first time, this year’s LEADLabs will be facilitated by various general ministries of the CC (DoC).

Accommodations for Spanish-speaking participants will be provided by Selena Reyes.

Schedule

Tuesday, October 18

8 – 8:15a PST
11 – 11:15a EST
:10Opening 
8:15 – 8:30a PST 11:15 – 11:30a EST:10DOCTalkOverview of platforms and schedule
Introduction of Staff and Trainers
 :10DOCTalk 
8:30 – 9:30a PST
11:30 – 12:30p EST 
:60DOCTalkRev. Sandhya Jha
9:30 – 10a PST
12:30 – 1p EST
:30BREAK 
10 – 11:30a PST
1 – 2:30a EST
:90Track Sessions 
11:30 – 12n PST
2:30 – 3a EST
:30BREAK 
12 – 1p PST
3 – 4p EST
:60LEADLabsFirst Things First: 3 Financial Essentials for the New Church Planter
In the Beginning”: Building and Leading Communities with Creation and Neighbors in Mind
The 4 P’s of LGBTQ+ Affirmation: Policy, Practice, Proclamation, and Publicity
Cutting Costs without Cutting Corners: Starting a Church on a Dime and Using the Lean-Start Method 
1 – 1:30p PST
4 – 4:30p EST
:30BREAK 
1:30 – 3p PST

4:30 – 6p EST
:90Track Sessions 

Wednesday, October 19

8 – 8:05a PST
11 – 11:10a EST
:05Opening 
8:05 – 8:30a PST
11:10 – 11:30a EST
:25Breakout & BreakfastBreakfast & Breakout Rooms
1. Water the Plants Prayer Room
2. National Convocation Room
3. NAPAD Room
4. Obra Hispana
5. Anti-Racism/Proreconciliation
6. LGBTQI+ and Ally
7. Discerner’s Track Cohort 
8:30 – 9:30a PST
11:30 – 12:30p EST 
:60DOCTalkRev. Sandhya Jha
9:30 – 10a PST
12:30 – 1p EST
:30BREAK 
10 – 11:30a PST
1 – 2:30a EST
:90Track Sessions 
11:30 – 12n PST
2:30 – 3a EST
:30BREAK 
12 – 1p PST3 – 4p EST:60LEADLabs1.    First Things First: 3 Financial Essentials for the New Church Planter
2.    “In the Beginning”: Building and Leading Communities with Creation and Neighbors in Mind
3.    The 4 P’s of LGBTQ+ Affirmation: Policy, Practice, Proclamation, and Publicity
4.    Cutting Costs without Cutting Corners: Starting a Church on a Dime and Using the Lean-Start Method 
1 – 1:30p PST4 – 4:30p EST:30BREAK 
1:30 – 3p PST4:30 – 6p EST:90Track Sessions 

Thursday, October 20

8 – 8:05a PST11 – 11:10a EST:10Opening 
8:05 – 8:30a PST
11:10 – 11:30a EST
:25Breakout & BreakfastBreakfast & Breakout Rooms
1.         Water the Plants Prayer
2.         National Convocation
3.         NAPAD
4.         Obra Hispana
5.         AR/PR
6.         LGBTQI+ and Ally
7.           Discerner’s Track Cohort 
8:30 – 10a PST
11:30 – 1p EST
:90Track Sessions 
10a – 10:30a PST
1p – 1:30p EST
:30BREAK 
10:30a – 12p PST
1:30p – 3p EST
:90Commissioning ServiceMusic, Scripture, Sermon, Commissioning, etc