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Become a LifeGiver

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 courses 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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Fall 2020 Session

Begins September 7, 2020
(see course information for specific schedule)


Registration NOW OPEN; closes on August 24

Learn about the courses offered this fall, 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!

Clergy Matters Track

Pastor Compensation Matters

Thursdays at 4:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Leader TBD

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.

Keys to Success: For the First Year Pastorate

Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Dr. William H. Jones

One’s first year as a Senior Pastor is one of the most exciting and frightening times in the minister’s life. This LifeGivers course brings insight from pastors with years of experience as they reflect back on their first Lead Pastorate. We will deal with issues like: what I wished I had known in my first pastorate, what resources are available to help me, diagnosing my congregation and my community, how my call relates to my specific church and community, and key people I must get to know in the first year. This course will provide time to discuss specific circumstances with which you are presently dealing. It is designed specifically for the Pastor in her/his first year and provides resources that will assist the pastor for many years to come.

The Stories We Live

Wednesdays from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Dr. Todd Faulkner

Baptism. Communion. Feet Washing. Weddings. Funerals. Worship services.

Come discover how each of these transformative life chapters is shaped by God’s great story and how you can lead with increasing effectiveness in these moments.

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 confusing: 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.

Essential Steps to Christian Maturity

Thursdays at 7:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Dr. Barry Callen

More is required of a mature Christian believer than turning toward Christ in repentance. One also, over time, must be transformed by Christ’s Spirit into actual Christlikeness if discipleship is to be full and service in the name of Jesus effective. This course focuses on the core characteristics of the Spiritual life of the primary pioneer of the Church of God Movement, Daniel S. Warner. These qualities of his inner life also must be ours, whether we stand in the pulpit or sit in the pew. Warner’s life commitments helped launch a reformation in the late 19th century. The same commitments are required today if we are to impact our needy culture and church for Jesus Christ.

Students will need to purchase:

Forward, Ever Foreward! by Dr. Barry Callen

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

The Faith Community and Child Protection (Strategies for the Village)

Thursdays at 7:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Virginia Baker-Jeffcoat

This course will raise awareness and educate the faith community about the impact of child maltreatment and provide an opportunity for shared community learning. Focus is on Awareness, Education and Action!

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

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

Disasters, Disruptions, Critical Incidents and Pandemics: Developing Processes, Preparedness Plans, and Competencies for Leading in and through Crisis

Tuesdays at 3:00 PM (EST) beginning Sept. 15, 2020; Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Jon Nutter

No leader can ever plan adequately for unforeseeable circumstances. Serve long enough though, and your preparedness for disaster or other critical incidents will be tested. Using a combination of case-studies, interviews and disaster planning resources, participants will gain exposure to and be better equipped for responding to community-wide impacting critical incidents such as fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, mass-shootings, tragic mass casualty accidents and pandemics. Special attention will be given to the nature of collaborative and relational response.

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.

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

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Thom Pratt

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.

Hospitality That Sticks

Thursdays at 6:30-8:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Elizabeth Hultz

They say that Disney World is the happiest and friendliest place on earth! But shouldn’t the church be the friendliest place on earth? Why don’t first time guests become second-time guests? Come take a look at what the church might be missing. What does the Hospitable Church look like today? We will explore how to help guests go from 1st time to all-in at your church. What volunteers and positions do you need? When does a first impression begin? How can the culture of your church affect the growth of the church? Come join me for a fun and helpful course to help your church grow!

Ministering Effectively to the Hurting and Struggling

Tuesdays at 1:30 PM (EST); Every other week for 12 weeks
Led by Melanie Wise and Mercy Multiplied Staff
(this course needs 7 participants in order to run)

Students will be educated and equipped to more effectively help and support people who are hurting and struggling, while staying healthy and whole in that process.  Key topics studied include:  Your Call, Helping Hurting People, Safeguarding Yourself, Hearing the Voice of God, and Keys to Freedom.

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.

Spiritual Disciplines: Studying the Disciplines for the Sake of Transformation

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Crystal Colp

Participants will take an in-depth look at 11 Spiritual Disciplines. The goal is not just about participating in the Disciplines themselves, but, is the life transformation coming as a result of the Disciplines coming alive in our lives. What happens when our focus is fixed on Jesus and is life-changing? This study will give us a deeper understanding of the tools we can utilize to get us to this place of deeper focus and personal transformation.

For further reading on the disciplines but not necessary for this study:

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton
The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
The Practice of The Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

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

Women’s Ministry Track

A Place to Begin and Grow

Tuesdays at 5:30 PM (EST); Weekly for 6 weeks
Led by Rev. Crystal Colp

Participants will journey together through prayer, vision casting, listening and looking at scripture. We will discuss the bones of a ministry to women and help one another put the meat on the unique bones found within our individual contexts. The goal is to simply create a space to dream big and with the guidance of The Holy Spirit begin to birth within us all a ministry specific to women in our own church bodies.

Students should purchase:

Women’s Ministry: A Place to Begin and Grow (from the Little Books Big Ideas series published by Warner Press) by Crystal Colp

Worship Track

Theology and Practice: Worship for Today’s Church

Mondays at 8:00 PM (EST); Every other week for 12 weeks
Led by Rev. Nathan Stewart

Students will develop a theology and philosophy for corporate worship and look at practical and creative ways to involve the entire congregation in the worship ministry.

COURSES ON-DEMAND

Requesting a LifeGivers course on-demand would allow you to retain the coach for $400 and schedule the course based on your calendar.

This is not available for all courses, so please submit a request using the form below, and the LifeGivers team will contact you if it is possible to offer your requested course on-demand.

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