New Church Ministry brings together Disciples from throughout the United States and Canada every year, whether virtually or in-person, for Leadership Academy, where they 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 2021 Leadership Academy will take place from Tuesday, September 21 to Thursday, September 23 (11:00 AM EST to 6:00 PM EST).

Previoius workshops topics have included:

  • Team Development and Empowerment
  • Personal/Clergy Financial Practices
  • Inspiring Generosity and Fundraising
  • Congregational Budgeting and Bookkeeping
  • 20 Top Pre-Launch Steps
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style Using DiSC
  • Brand Building
  • Coaching
  • Church Law and Compliance
  • and more!

In the past, our featured speakers have included:

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.

Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija is the Founding Director of TryTank, an experimental laboratory for church growth and innovation.

Learn how Leadership Academy has made a difference in the lives of Disciples across the life of the Church:

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!