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Leadership Academy brings together Disciples from throughout the United States and Canada every year to share leadership experiences, wisdom, and training.

This interactive learning experience features two track sessions:

  1. the Start Track, which is designed to empower leaders whose church/projects have not yet launched, and
  2. the Sustain Track, which is geared to empower leaders whose projects have recently launched and leaders of congregations newly affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Leadership Academy also features DOCTalks, joint sessions that address missional transformation inclusive of every stage of leadership and congregational vitality, and LEADLabs, interactive, practical trainings designed to help leaders imagine, ideate, innovate, and implement missional concepts.

The 2020 Leadership Academy will be held online from Tuesday, September 29 to Thursday, October 1 (11:00 AM EST to 6:00 PM EST).

This year, core teams of up to five people can register for the low price of $500. Now each member of your team, from your treasurer to your worship leader, can benefit from our workshops. We encourage the lead pastor to register for everyone. If the pastor can’t attend, then others can attend.

Also new to this year’s event is accommodations for Spanish speakers. If other languages are needed, please advise accordingly as soon as possible.

Our featured speakers include:

Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens is the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Hord Owens is the first woman of color to head a mainline Christian denomination in North America. Terri is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include cultural intelligence, and developing inclusive and multicultural congregations.

Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija is the Founding Director of TryTank, an experimental laboratory for church growth and innovation. He is responsible for the entire process of development and implementation of experiments in innovation for the church. Fr. Lorenzo frequently speaks to groups on the topics of development, community involvement, the arts, business strategy and marketing.

Christiana Rice is an on the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the Parish Church movement, serving as a Director of the Parish Collective. She is a trainer, writer and convener, helping to reorganize the church around God’s dreams in the neighborhood. Christiana is co-author of To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities with Michael Frost, and lives in San Diego with her husband Derek, their two daughters, and their neighborhood church community.

Tim Soerens is a pastor, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. He is the author of the newly released book, Everywhere You Look: Discovering the Church, Right Where You Are, and the co-author of The New Parish. He’s also the co-founder of Resistencia Coffee, a neighborhood coffee shop and the South Park Idea Lab. He lives in Seattle with his wife Maria-Jose and their two boys.