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Leaders’ Retreat 2022

March 25, 2022 @ 8:00 am March 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Picture this: you and a small group of other pastors gather on a lakeshore in the spring. Over the course of a weekend, you hike on walking trails and paddle in a canoe or kayak, all while cultivating leadership skills, self-awareness, and spiritual development.

Leading a community of faith is challenging; why not have a restorative, peaceful, and enlightening event to look forward to that will provide you with opportunities to explore your personality and identify your strengths?

New Church Ministry invites Leadership Academy graduates from the last two years to join our inaugural Leaders’ Retreat. We will host the event at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center in Lake Tahoe from Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2022. All attendees are expected to arrive on Thursday, March 24.

This in-person getaway will combine quiet/alone time, team-building with fellow leaders, and guidance from the New Church Ministry Team and coaches, as well as a spiritual director.


Rev. Annie Steinberg-Behrman is Senior Pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. She is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor with over 30 years of experience in Parish Ministry and Spiritual Direction. She graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has served as a chaplain, as the solo pastor of a rural church and in large urban settings. Annie loves music, is learning to play the concertina and singing. She also loves to cook, garden, read and watch British Mysteries She lives in Berkeley, CA with her wife of 18 years, two dogs and four cats. They have four grown children.

Rev. Dr. Trey Flowers has been serving on the staff of Disciples congregations for more than twenty years, including his current role as Senior Minister at Beargrass Christian Church.

As an Enneagram Type 7 (“The Enthusiast”), Trey gets energized by helping others learn the Enneagram for personal, professional, and congregational transformation. His training began more than 10 years ago after first learning the system from Suzanne Stabile and has expanded since then to become an Enneagram teacher himself in congregational workshops and provide Enneagram-based consulting for staff teams. More recently, Trey wrote his doctoral project on how the Enneagram can be used as a tool for effective preaching across the diverse perspectives of each personality type likely present in the pews each week.


Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center

660 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, Nevada 89448 United States
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775-588-6759 ext 100

Terrell McTyer’s farewell party

January 31, 2022 @ 8:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

Join us to say goodbye to our Minister of New Church Strategies, Pastor Terrell L. McTyer!

Visit the New Church Ministry Facebook page to watch a live send-off filled with tributes and speakers from across the denomination.

If Terrell has made an impact on the life of your faith community (and we’re sure he has), make sure to leave a comment under the video.

Terrell began his work with us in August 2016, as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada was already successfully nearing the 2020 Vision goal to form 1,000 new Disciples congregations. Our ministry continued the momentum of this achievement by convening the New Church Summit, which set new aspirations for the movement to “make one million new disciples by 2030.”

Under his leadership, the New Church Leadership Cooperative was established to bring together the dedicated leaders and teams of regional new church work to share in the strengthening practices of emerging congregations.

With an emphasis on the spiritual grounding of the movement, Terrell oversaw the launch of Water the Plants — a weekly prayer initiative that has hosted multiple prayer summits.

On December 21, Terrell accepted a position as Executive Director of Global Marketing and Innovation at The Upper Room, an ecumenical ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual life of Christians around the world.

Jose Martinez, Associate Minister of New Church Strategies, will join Terrell in overlapping leadership until the end of January, when McTyer begins his new role.

Martinez has planted churches, launched innovative ministries, and served in hospital and military chaplaincy. He joined the New Church Ministry Team in 2019.

Martinez co-planted Multi Nation Christian Church, the largest and only Haitian Ministry in the Midwest for the Disciples of Christ. He also founded MissioKC, a micro-church based in Kansas City, Mo., focused on “helping make the world around us a spiritually healthier place.” 

Theory of Change workshop

November 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am November 21, 2021 @ 5:30 pm EST

A Theory of Change is your ministry’s story of how you believe change will unfold.

Are you planning to change, grow or add a ministry?

What impact are you having? How do you know? What difference is your ministry or program making? Learn what your mission is and understand the roles in achieving it.

The cornerstone of effective evaluation is a thorough understanding of the program you are trying to evaluate. This workshop will help you break your program or ministry down into its component parts, differentiating between things like “what you do” and “what you achieve.” Upon completion of the workshop you’ll have a completed Theory of Change and logic model.

  • A Theory of Change will provide a roadmap that outlines the steps by which you will achieve your mission. A Theory of Change can aid in aligning your stakeholders to your larger mission and help them understand their role in achieving it.
  • We’ll illustrate your Theory of Change with a logic model to show your stakeholders the intended relationship between investments and results.

Class Structure

All work will be online and asynchronous, with regular live group Zoom sessions. Participants should plan for 3-6 hours of work for each of the five modules, depending on experience. Your work will include reading, learning activities, and online discussion, all done at your own pace. Those that want to explore the topic further, should contact the facilitator upon completion of the workshop.

Class Schedule

Schedule: Module 1 – Mission (from approximately November 8th to 11th, 2021)

November 8th, 2021: Live Session(s) – Program Overview, Problem Statement. Times: 11.15 AM; 5:30 PM, recorded

November 9th, 2021: Post Your Problem, Comment on the Problem of Others, Revise Your Problem

November 10th, 2021: Live Session(s) – Mission Statement. Times: 11.15 AM; 5:30 PM, recorded

November 11th, 2021: Post Your Mission, Comment on the Mission of Others, Revise Your Mission

Schedule: Module 2 – Impact (from approximately November 12th to 13th, 2021)

November 12th, 2021: Live Session(s) – Outcomes. Times: 1 PM; 5:30 PM, recorded

November 13th, 2021: Post Your Outcomes, Comment on the Outcomes of Others, Revise Your Outcomes

Schedule: Module 3 – Delivery (from approximately November 14th to 15th, 2021)

November 14th, 2021: Live Session(s) – Activities & Outputs. Times: 1 PM; 5:30 PM, recorded

November 15th, 2021: Post Your Activities & Outputs, Comment on the Activities & Outputs of Others, Revise Your Activities & Outputs

Schedule: Module 4 – Requirements (from approximately November 16th to 18th, 2021)

November 16th, 2021: Live Session(s) – Assumptions & Inputs. Times: 12 PM; 5:30 PM, recorded

November 17th, 2021: Post Your Assumptions, Comment on the Assumptions of Others, Revise Your Assumptions

November 18th, 2021: Post Your Inputs, Comment on the Inputs of Others, Revise Your Inputs

Schedule: Module 5 – Logic Model (from approximately November 19th to 21st, 2021)

November 19th, 2021: Live Session(s) – Logic Models. Times: 1 PM; 5:30 PM, recorded

November 20th, 2021: Post Complete Theory of Change & Logic Model, Comment on the Logic Model of Others, Revise Your Logic Model

November 21st, 2021: Live Session(s) – Final Review. Times: 1 PM; 5:30 PM, recorded

New Church Ministry is a collaborator on this event.

$50 Amount is in Canadian Dollars

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