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An inspirational program designed to help you abide in the Giver of Life for rest, healing, renewal, and inspiration…and gain tools to help you give life to your congregation and community.

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An inspirational program designed to CONNECT in discipleship with other believers, REIGNITE your passion and purpose, and REVITALIZE your local church.

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The team that brought you Leadership Focus has joined hands with leaders and coaches across the nation to offer curriculum, encouragement, and tools designed to help you give life to your congregation and community.

ONLINE COURSES

Flexible six-session online course that fit your schedule

A wide variety of topics for both pastors and lay leaders

Led by some of the nation’s most revered coaches

Only $75 per course*

*Only $60 (per person) if 5 or more people from the same church sign up together

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We are offering a variety of training courses to help assist and equip people for ministry.
Each course lasts from 4-6 weeks.

Fall 2019 Session

Click the link below to learn more about the courses offered this fall and to register:

We are offering a variety of training cells to help assist and equip people for ministry.
Each cell lasts from 4-6 weeks.

Session 3

Fall 2019

Registration begins in August

A pre-session webinar will be held prior to the first cell meeting. Cell participants and coaches will establish the cell meeting times.

Cell 101: Unlocking your Leadership Potential

Have you tried new ways and processes but keep bumping into the same results?  Have you noticed that there are some key leadership skills that keep tripping you up? Have you wondered why someone else seems able to get the results from a team or from people that don’t work for you?  Understanding your personality profile and how God hard wired you will open new windows of understanding and help raise the lids limiting your leadership.

 

Cell 102: Theology for Challenging Times – Understanding the Basic Essentials of Wesleyan Holiness Theology
Do you wish that you could explain more clearly what you believe and why you believe that?  Do you understand how what you believe about the security of your salvation?  Can you clearly articulate the relevance of holiness for daily living?  This study of core beliefs of Wesleyan Armenian Holiness principles will equip you for a clear understanding of the practical applications of salvation, baptism, and sanctification.

 

Cell 103: Leadership Competencies

Have you tried the church growth courses and books and found out they don’t work for you?  Have you wondered why visitors don’t return or stay?  Would you be willing to authentically examine where you church is at and what competencies might help to get it growing and going again?  This study is for you!  We will look at church lifecycles, change management, conflict resolution and team building.

 

Cell 104: Theology for Challenging Times – Exploring Key Theological Beliefs in the Church of God

Would you like to understand more about the theological traditions that have shaped what we believe in the Church of God? Do you know why we support women in ministry? Have you ever tried to explain what we believe about the gifts of the Holy Spirit? This study will walk through the various doctrines that our forefathers held to and taught.

 

Cell 105: Making Disciples in Uncertain Times

How do you help new people in your congregation or new to Christ put down strong roots and gain clear understanding of how to grow in their relationship with the church and with Christ? Would you like to discover some effective ways to equip your congregation with spiritual growth tools? Join us as we explore several effective tools for helping all people know more about their faith and grow in their walk with Christ.

 

Cell 106: Developing Your Coaching Skills (Prerequisite: Cell 101)

Would you like to get involved in coaching others as they journey through the ordination process or perhaps you would be willing to coach a pastor wanting to go to the next level? Maybe you have a passion and knowledge or experience for coaching in the area of theology or ministerial competencies. This study is designed to equip you with best coaching practices and tools and connect you with the growing coaching opportunities in the Church of God. ** Please note: you must take Module 1 prior to taking this module.

 

Cell 107: Welcome to the Church of God

Are you new to the Church of God? Have you been attending a Church of God congregation for a long time, but you would like to know about the history and heritage of the movement? Have you wondered where some of our quirkiness comes from or why we do somethings certain ways? Would you like to understand how local churches, state ministries and national offices all work together for global impact? This study will be a fun, interesting and informative journey of where we have come from, what influenced us, where we are now and the vision of where we are headed.

 

Cell 108: Effectively Reaching your Community

Have you tried passing out water bottles with the church name on, wearing t-shirts with your logo on it while you work in your community? Have you tried the outreach programs and not seen them bring anyone to the church? Are you willing to really explore what your church has to offer your community to connect them to the love of God? This study is designed to help each congregation find their own specific DNA and understand the dynamics of the community around you. The outcome of this study will be for your leaders to create a specific strategy of outreach and apply for grant money from Church of God Ministries to implement that strategy. Highly Recommended the pastor and at least 3 to 4 leaders from that church should attend this module together. Group fees can be arranged.

 

Cell 109: World Religions and the Scriptures

Do you have Muslim neighbors or Hindu co-workers? Most people in America today find they live next door to people of other faith groups or no faith at all. Do you know how to share Christ with your Muslim or Jewish neighbors or do you think religion is a personal matter and shouldn’t be discussed? Would you like to know how to have a conversation about spiritual matters with people who have a different faith than you do? This study will help us to understand the major religions of the world and how they differ from Christianity and how we can share our faith in effective and meaningful ways.

 

Cell 110: Spiritual Formation

Have you often wondered how to grow stronger spiritually? Do you struggle to read the scripture and have it be meaningful to you? Would you like to know more about spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, silence, reflection? This study is meant to help each person explore how they can grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and find that growth empowering.

 

Cell 111: Systems and Processes: “The Little Foxes That Spoil the Vines”

Have you noticed that good ideas in your church get lost? Have you showed up for a meeting at the church only to find out someone else is already occupying the same space you planned to use? Have you ever wondered what you’re supposed to do with all those registration cards from your outreach last fall? Do people leave your church and nobody notices for 3 weeks? How do you follow up with visitors to ensure the greatest possibility for a second visit? This study will help you to evaluate the “systems and process” that will help empower and protect the various ministries and administrative issues of your church.

 

Cell 115: Finances in the Church – Personal and Organizational

This cell will help you to dig deeper and learn more about church budgeting; pastor/staff compensation planning; personal financial planning; and retirement planning. Discussions will include strategies, management, compensation factors unique to ministers, taxes, insurance, and proactive savings and investments for the future.

 

Session 4

Fall 2019


Registration begins in August

A pre-session webinar will be held prior to the first cell meeting. Cell participants and coaches will establish the cell meeting times.

Cell 101: Unlocking your Leadership Potential

Have you tried new ways and processes but keep bumping into the same results?  Have you noticed that there are some key leadership skills that keep tripping you up? Have you wondered why someone else seems able to get the results from a team or from people that don’t work for you?  Understanding your personality profile and how God hard wired you will open new windows of understanding and help raise the lids limiting your leadership.

 

Cell 102: Theology for Challenging Times – Understanding the Basic Essentials of Wesleyan Holiness Theology
Do you wish that you could explain more clearly what you believe and why you believe that?  Do you understand how what you believe about the security of your salvation?  Can you clearly articulate the relevance of holiness for daily living?  This study of core beliefs of Wesleyan Armenian Holiness principles will equip you for a clear understanding of the practical applications of salvation, baptism, and sanctification.

 

Cell 103: Leadership Competencies

Have you tried the church growth courses and books and found out they don’t work for you?  Have you wondered why visitors don’t return or stay?  Would you be willing to authentically examine where you church is at and what competencies might help to get it growing and going again?  This study is for you!  We will look at church lifecycles, change management, conflict resolution and team building.

 

Cell 104: Theology for Challenging Times – Exploring Key Theological Beliefs in the Church of God

Would you like to understand more about the theological traditions that have shaped what we believe in the Church of God? Do you know why we support women in ministry? Have you ever tried to explain what we believe about the gifts of the Holy Spirit? This study will walk through the various doctrines that our forefathers held to and taught.

 

Cell 105: Making Disciples in Uncertain Times

How do you help new people in your congregation or new to Christ put down strong roots and gain clear understanding of how to grow in their relationship with the church and with Christ? Would you like to discover some effective ways to equip your congregation with spiritual growth tools? Join us as we explore several effective tools for helping all people know more about their faith and grow in their walk with Christ.

 

Cell 106: Developing Your Coaching Skills (Prerequisite: Cell 101)

Would you like to get involved in coaching others as they journey through the ordination process or perhaps you would be willing to coach a pastor wanting to go to the next level? Maybe you have a passion and knowledge or experience for coaching in the area of theology or ministerial competencies. This study is designed to equip you with best coaching practices and tools and connect you with the growing coaching opportunities in the Church of God. ** Please note: you must take Module 1 prior to taking this module.

 

Cell 107: Welcome to the Church of God

Are you new to the Church of God? Have you been attending a Church of God congregation for a long time, but you would like to know about the history and heritage of the movement? Have you wondered where some of our quirkiness comes from or why we do somethings certain ways? Would you like to understand how local churches, state ministries and national offices all work together for global impact? This study will be a fun, interesting and informative journey of where we have come from, what influenced us, where we are now and the vision of where we are headed.

 

Cell 108: Effectively Reaching your Community

Have you tried passing out water bottles with the church name on, wearing t-shirts with your logo on it while you work in your community? Have you tried the outreach programs and not seen them bring anyone to the church? Are you willing to really explore what your church has to offer your community to connect them to the love of God? This study is designed to help each congregation find their own specific DNA and understand the dynamics of the community around you. The outcome of this study will be for your leaders to create a specific strategy of outreach and apply for grant money from Church of God Ministries to implement that strategy. Highly Recommended the pastor and at least 3 to 4 leaders from that church should attend this module together. Group fees can be arranged.

 

Cell 109: World Religions and the Scriptures

Do you have Muslim neighbors or Hindu co-workers? Most people in America today find they live next door to people of other faith groups or no faith at all. Do you know how to share Christ with your Muslim or Jewish neighbors or do you think religion is a personal matter and shouldn’t be discussed? Would you like to know how to have a conversation about spiritual matters with people who have a different faith than you do? This study will help us to understand the major religions of the world and how they differ from Christianity and how we can share our faith in effective and meaningful ways.

 

Cell 110: Spiritual Formation

Have you often wondered how to grow stronger spiritually? Do you struggle to read the scripture and have it be meaningful to you? Would you like to know more about spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, silence, reflection? This study is meant to help each person explore how they can grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and find that growth empowering.

 

Cell 111: Systems and Processes: “The Little Foxes That Spoil the Vines”

Have you noticed that good ideas in your church get lost? Have you showed up for a meeting at the church only to find out someone else is already occupying the same space you planned to use? Have you ever wondered what you’re supposed to do with all those registration cards from your outreach last fall? Do people leave your church and nobody notices for 3 weeks? How do you follow up with visitors to ensure the greatest possibility for a second visit? This study will help you to evaluate the “systems and process” that will help empower and protect the various ministries and administrative issues of your church.

 

Cell 112: Women in Ministry: Our Purpose, Our Place

Equipping, encouraging, and empowering women in ministry along with female lay leaders of all ages, races, and cultures.

 

Cell 113: Reaching the Next Generation of Leaders

Learning how to revitalize your local and state Christian Women Connection group and how to be an effective leader. (Local & State President/Coordinator Training) 

If you are a current partner or a local or state CWC coordinator, you could receive a discounted rate! To learn more, call 866-778-0804.

 

Cell 114: Finding your voice amidst the noise in the sanctuary

How to discover your authentic voice while loving and serving God and others.

 

Cell 119: Cross-Cultural Ministry, An Introduction

Gaining a perspective on four critical elements of cross-cultural ministry: biblical foundations, the global church context, cultural competency, and personal development. Each topic will be taught in one lesson and will give an overview of the concept for future learning. This is a great course for anyone traveling for ministry!

 

Summer 2020 Session

May 4 – July 27
(see course information for specific schedule)


Registration begins March 1, 2020

Learn about the courses offered this summer, organized by track:

Church Health Track

Church Restart:
A Strategic Death that Paves the Way for the Resurrected Life

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM (EST); Every other week for 12 weeks
Led by Dr. Dan Turner

In this course, you will evaluate if your church meets the recommended criteria for a restart process or if you would be better served with other approaches. You will learn about the type of leader best suited to lead a restart effort along with best practices for restarting a church. You will hear inspiring stories from churches across the country who risked it all and found new life on the other side of the grave. The course is appropriate for pastors, church boards, district leaders or leaders of healthy churches hoping to adopt a restarting church.

Students need to purchase:

Dying to Restart by Greg Wiens and Dan Turner
Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley


Church Turnaround

Mondays at 6:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Nate Hultz

With many churches plateaued or declining, how can you reignite an apathetic church and leaders?  Many declining and dying churches don’t realize the issues that are causing their death while others know and are doing nothing about it.  Turnaround churches on the other hand, have experienced decline and made the impossible possible.  In this course, we want to look at the critical aspects of a church and pastor that see terminal decline turned into growth!

Students need to purchase:

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

Clergy Care Track

Getting It Right: Compensating Matters

Thursdays at 4:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Bob Moss

By the end of the course, participants will know the basics of managing personal finances and be able to explain the correlation of wise finance management and personal well-being to the extent that they complete a workable personal financial plan for achieving a minimum of two financial goals in two years.


Parenting in the Pastorate:
How to Faithfully Raise Kids in a Ministry Home

Tuesdays at 2:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Jed Worline

Being a parent is hard. Raising children in a pastor’s home has its own unique set of challenges. This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to better handle the pressures of being a parent in ministry. We will be learning about Gospel Grounded Parenting, Parental Building Blocks, and parental practices and processes that can help us be the balanced pastors and parents that our families need.

Students will need to purchase:

Parenting in the Pastorate by Paul Gilbert


Shepherd Care: Body, Soul, and Spirit

Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Deanna Mueller

Accumulated stress impacting your body and soul? Running out, burned out, or ready to check-out? Want a fresh start with intentional forward movement towards health—body, soul, and spirit? This safe and sacred gathering will encourage each one into restorative rest and the rekindling fire of the Holy Spirit.

Students will need to purchase:

Take the Day Off, Receiving God’s Gift of Rest by Robert Morris

Discipleship Track

How to Study the Bible: Tools, Techniques, and Tips

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Dr. Martin Johnson

For many, the Bible can be an enigma: we are supposed to love it, but sometimes we end up fearing it. The language is difficult, the concepts are foreign, and the details can be overwhelming. The Bible is a library of history, poetry, songs, prophecy, commands, stories, revelation, bad news, good news, and more. Whether you are a beginner at Bible Study, or an old hand at digging deep into God’s Word, join us as we find helpful ideas on creating your own, personalized method for discovering the wonders and wisdom of the Bible.


Making Disciples That Live Like Jesus

Mondays at 3:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Neil Oldham

Do you ever wonder if we don’t need more people in our seats as much as we need the people already there to be more? Join us as we dream about how to make (and be) better disciples. This discussion-oriented course will center around three topics: our presentations of the gospel, our methods of ministry, and the practices of our faith.


Spiritual Gifts & God’s Design for Service

Tuesdays at 6:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Kevin Earley

Do you wear too many hats in your congregation? Do you over-function while others under-function? This is course explores God’s design for service and paints the picture of the church as God the intends it to be: one in which every church member uses their spiritual gift, carries their share of the workload, and wears the hat God has assigned them.

Students will need to purchase:

Every-Member Ministry: Spiritual Gifts and God’s Design for Service

Emerging Generation Track

Kids Ministry Matters

Mondays at 4:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Chelsea Haines

Statistics say most lifelong followers of Jesus come to faith by the age of 14. How can your church’s children’s ministry best equip kids early for a lasting faith? We’ll answer this by focusing on what matters most in ministering to our kids, their parents, and our leaders.

Students will need to purchase:

Missing, an Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids by Melissa J. MacDonald

Leadership Track

Biblical Principles for Peacemaking in the Church

Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Dr. Chris Cottrell

Participants will study how to biblically address conflict in the church. Definitions and principles will be identified by studying conflict in Scripture including looking at the Gospel of Matthew, Acts 11 and 15, 1 and 2 Corinthians and Philippians. Students will look at specific cases and will process needs in the group as needed.

Students will need to purchase:

The Peacemaker by Ken Sande


Leadership 101: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Dr. David Bartels

As leaders, we all want to do our best and be effective in our leadership, but many leaders have never had an honest evaluation of who they are. This course seeks to deepen the leader’s understanding of their own gift mix and how God has wired them to lead. In addition, participants will discover ways to identify, release and support other leaders.

Students should buy or read one of the following:

Leading with a Limp by Dan Allender
The Making of a Leader by J. Robert Clinton
Unlocking Your Spiritual Giftedness by J. Robert Clinton


The Emotionally Healthy Leader

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Steve Van Fossen

Ever ask yourself, “Am I making a difference?” Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a leader? This course will help you develop a deep, inner life with Christ, create a healthy culture around you, and get to the core issues of Christian Leadership.

Students will need to purchase: 

The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World by Peter Scazzero

Outreach Track

Effectively Reaching Your Community

Mondays at 1:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt

This course will assist you in creating practical ways to connect with and build relationships with the un-churched in your community. It will help you weave service and outreach into the DNA of your church’s discipleship ministry.


Giving Life to the Grieving

Saturdays at 10:00 AM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Brenda Kraft

Grief is complex, painful and unpredictable which is why ministering to those who are grieving can be so difficult.  Join us as we go through various topics and provide guidance that will allow you to minister effectively to those who have lost a loved one including a spouse or child. How to minister in difficult situations such as suicide, drug overdose and other sudden unexpected losses are among some of the other topics we will address, as well as planning a funeral and post-funeral grief care.

Theology Track

A Closer Look at God’s Church

Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30 PM (EST); Every other week for 12 weeks
Led by Dr. Mark Jackson

This course will examine key beliefs of the Church of God Movement. We will look at various teachings that historically have been important to us, such as the authority of Scripture, Salvation and the Assurance of Salvation, the Church and Christian Unity, the Sanctifying Work of the Holy Spirit, Divine Healing, the Kingdom of God and Amillennialism. The goal of this course will be to understand what we believe, how these beliefs have developed over the years, and why these beliefs still matter.

Students need to purchase:

A Closer Look at God’s Church by Dr. Mark R. Jackson.


Theology and Practice in the Book of Acts

Mondays from 8:00-9:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Dr. Timothy West

Students in this course will explore the key behaviors, values, and theology resident within the text in order to help your church leadership integrate the key findings into the practice of your church.

Students will need a local city or community map, demographic data from: www.citydata.com, colored markers/highlighters, red and blue/black pen.


Transformational Preaching

Tuesdays at 3:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Scott Beha

In this course we will discuss strategies for creating a yearly preaching calendar, how to make your content sticky and memorable, making sure your teaching is transformative and not just informative, the centrality of the gospel message in preaching and other practical tips and strategies for effective communication.

Students will need to purchase:

Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley

Worship Track

The Heart of Worship:
Understanding the Psychological Response to Help People Connect More Deeply with God

Mondays at 8:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Dr. Cindy West

The heart of worship is the individual’s spiritual experience. However, there are many potential obstacles to an individual or congregation’s ability to respond in a worship setting. This course will help worship leaders understand the psychology of worship that extends to the emotional and physiological experience so leaders can move beyond the stage to capture the heart of the congregation.

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