2022 Leadership Academy

October 18 @ 8:00 am October 20 @ 5:00 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:

Track Sessions

  • Start Track – this cohort is designed for core teams who have yet to launch a community of faith
  • Sustain Track – this cohort is designed for teams that have recently started a faith community
  • Multiply Track – this cohort is designed for leaders of established congregations
  • New this year is our Discerners Track, which is for those who have ever considered what it would take to start a faith community or who have ever felt called by God to start a place of worship, but don’t know where to even begin. If you are in this discerning process, then consider attending this track, which allows you to audio the Start track. In this cohort, participants will discern their missional purpose, develop their future stories, and prepare for launch. This track is ideal for those in undergraduate institutions who may feel the call to ministry, for our seminarians who are discerning what path God may be taking them down, or our ecumenical partners who may want to imagine how their ministries might be shaped by this unique training.

DOCTalks

Rev. Sandhya Jha (they/them) will be our keynote speaker this year. They will address missional transformation inclusive of every stage of leadership and congregational vitality.

LEADLabs

These (Learn.Explore.Actuate.Discover.Laboratories) are designed to help participants imagine, ideate, innovate, and implement missional concepts. This year they include interactive practical workshops from Pension Fund, Green Chalice, and the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance.

Accommodations for Spanish-speaking participants will be available.

Leadership Academy 2021

Leadership Academy expands its reach but keeps God’s work as its focus

150 registrants. 16 workshop leaders. 15 vendors. Seven denominations. All coming together for three days!

Despite being held online for a second year running, this didn’t stop church planters, regional representatives, and lay leaders from taking part in New Church Ministry’s Leadership Academy. In fact, registration was almost double what it was in 2020, with attendees reflecting age and racial diversity.

Moreover, with the Multiply Track session—a new addition for 2021—program staff, boards, and clergy of established congregations were able to learn alongside their peers, too. This cohort, facilitated by Pastor Terrell L McTyer (Minister of New Church Strategies) and Christie Love (pastor and church planter of The Connecting Grounds in Springfield, MO), was the largest track with 60 registrants who explored vision and problem statements, as well as growth and fixed mindsets.

But what keeps past participants returning year after year? Not only is it other tracks for core teams at the same stage of the church launch process, but it’s also thought-provoking plenaries, interactive practical workshops, and dedicated time for fellowship.

Learning in their own contexts

During the Start Track, core teams who had not yet planted their communities of faith joined from as far away as Maryland and California. Led by New Church Ministry Associate Minister Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez and New Church Ministry coach Pastor Jorge “Joey” Cotto, core teams of emerging faith communities explored how church planting has changed since the pandemic and how tools such as a spiritual gifts inventory can help leaders identify their skills and talents.

Meanwhile, in the Sustain Track, Sandy Harvey (long-time Leadership Academy track facilitator and President and CEO of Exodus Consulting Group), Carla Leon (New Initiatives Manager for the United Church of Canada’s EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development), and Rev. Selena Reyes (chair of the Florida region’s New Church Ministry Commission and the event’s Spanish translator) discussed money and marketing/branding with core teams that had recently launched their places of worship.

“As a founder, you are your brand,” shared Carla, who has previously teamed up with New Church Ministry on an episode of New Church Hacks and the Hopeful Economics UnConference

Sharing wisdom and experiences

Leadership Academy’s plenaries, or DOCTalks, are joint sessions led by a thought leader who addresses missional transformation. This year, the thought leaders were first-timer Rev. Dr. Eun Strawser (co-vocational church planter and physician), who spoke about disciple-making; returning guest Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija (Founding Director of TryTank), who spoke about innovation; and Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew (Minister for New and Transforming Churches in the Greater Kansas City region), who led the event’s Commissioning Service.

“Discipleship is meant for everyone and not just some,” Rev. Dr. Eun told those present. “It’s meant to imitate Jesus and to have concrete models around us in order to imitate Jesus.”

Learn.Explore.Actuate.Discover.Laboratories

Leadership Academy’s workshops, or LEADLabs, are designed to help leaders imagine, innovate, and implement sustainable concepts. While the workshop leaders, called Spiritual Scientists and Subject Matter Experts, discussed topics ranging from building management to financial independence, the topic of rest was a common one that resonated with participants.

“Leadership Academy saved me from overworking myself and reminded me to lead with God first,” recalled Queen of New Eyes Village Church in Fort Collins, CO, a Leadership Academy participant.

Building connections

Participants had time to get to know one another during Wednesday morning’s Breakout & Breakfast session, a staple of the last couple years that has proven to be popular with those in attendance.

“The Leadership Academy is empowering me to align myself with God’s call, knowing that I’m not alone,” wrote Rev. Kristin Aardema Faigh, a Leadership Academy participant, in her feedback for the event, “and that what I am called to do is important, and possible.”

Breakout rooms were also used during tracks to enable participants to collaborate in small groups.

The future of Leadership Academy

What enabled this potentially unwieldy undertaking to take place? The hard work and dedication of Project Coordinator Wesley King, who organized speakers, facilitated registration, and helped attendees navigate the event’s digital platforms such as Zoom, Teachable, and Whova, the latter of which was also a 2021 addition.

“This was my first Leadership Academy,” explained Wesley, “and it was amazing to see the way that God is moving and working in the lives and ministries of folks all over the United States and Canada!”

And next year? Well, next year, Leadership Academy will continue to be an exclusively digital gathering, and the Church can only imagine the various opportunities that God will provide us to see the Spirit moving.

track sessions

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.

Schedule

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 &
Breakfast
 
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
Christie
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

Registration

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.

$500

Leadership Academy

September 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am October 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Registration is now closed.

This interactive learning experience features two track sessions: the Start Track, which is designed to empower leaders whose church/projects have not yet launched, and 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.

church the new way

Join us for our annual leadership event

The novel coronavirus has caused us to do church in a new way.

And that’s why New Church Ministry is doing Leadership Academy in a new way as well.

This year, core teams of up to five people can register for the low price of USD $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.

New to the annual event will also be accommodations for Spanish speakers. If other languages are needed, please advise accordingly as soon as possible.

Disciples from throughout the United States and Canada can still expect to be brought together to share leadership experiences, wisdom, and training.

The track sessions will include:

  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 2020 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).

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.

Registration is now closed.

New Church Hacks second season

Upgrade Your Leadership for the New Year

January 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm Indiana – Indianapolis

New Church Hacks second season

What are the marks of a good leader? Anyone can delegate tasks, but there is more to effective leadership than that. Are the people around you growing, becoming better leaders themselves, motivated, etc.?

Though different leadership styles can be used at different times to build and manage an active ministry, these hacks should be universal in each and every leader.

In the inaugural episode of New Church Hacks‘s second season, participants will:

  • Learn how to positively impact the success of their teams, their organizations, and themselves
  • Better understand their own motivations, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Develop skills for facilitating open communication and encouraging others
  • Step up their leadership game as the New Year kicks off

Our featured guests include Bob Whitesel (Writer, Consultant, Coach and Speaker at Leadership.church) and Jason Tucker (Lead Pastor of Tower Hill Church and host of ReclaimedLeader.com podcast). Stay tuned for any additions to the team!

The episode will be recorded and will be emailed to all registrants. So even if you can’t attend, make sure you register using the website link below! (This event is in the EST time zone.)

New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. Why only do something new or better when you can do both?! This webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain, and strengthen congregations.

Details

Date:
January 22, 2020
Time:
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238472204/d21a0382b6