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September 2014
$299

ONLINE COURSE: Church Renewal 1.0

September 16 - October 21

Renewing a church requires a unique skill set in pastoral and lay leadership. In this course, Rev. Michael Piazza (CPR Executive Director for Church Renewal and the former senior pastor and Dean of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX - the Cathedral of Hope grew from 230 members to over 4,000 members during his tenure) and Rev. Jim Latimer (Church Renewal Pastor and CPR Coach) will teach you the basics of turning your church around. The course has two live sessions both at 7:00 p.m. and will be recorded and available, the rest of the course happens each week with readings, recorded lectures, and class discussions. Each student or church team is asked to do a course project that will be applicable to their setting.

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$249

ONLINE COURSE: Move Beyond – 21st Century Models of Effective Youth Ministry

September 23 - November 4

Many people have fond memories of Sunday evening youth groups, summer trips in old yellow school buses and lock-ins in the church basement; those models of youth ministry don’t often meet the needs of today’s busy teens and families who seek deeper engagement with God and their faith. Relationships are still the key to effective youth ministry. 30 years of research – and our common sense – tells us this. In this course, explore how to use this ‘old-school’ principle in new ways through cross-generational and family-based ministry, social media and engaged learning that helps whole families (not just teens) live their faith for a lifetime.

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October 2014
$299

ONLINE COURSE: Church Planting 1.0

October 9 - November 13

Are you called to start a new church? This course is for you! Church Planting 1.0 is a five-week online class led by of the country's leading experts in the field. Facilitated by Doug Pagitt, founding pastor of Solomon's Porch and Rev. Sara Wilcox, founding co-pastor of Land of the Sky UCC (Rev. Cameron Trimble will make some guest appearances), Church Planting 1.0 will provide a comprehensive overview in progressive church planting.

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$990

Small Church Innovation Learning Initiative

October 15, 2014 - June 17, 2015

Course Description: Rev. Sarai Rice (former Alban Consultant, Small Church Consultant and Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council) is leading a new course designed for churches with fewer than 75 in attendance. The course will help you understand your specific kind of "small church" organizational dynamics, develop the right leadership paradigm for your context, manage conflict, and build a big dream for your for your future. Each participating church is asked to bring their pastor and 2-3…

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$299.00

Let’s Ditch Sunday School: a new Kind of Children’s Ministry

October 15 - November 19

About the Course Changes need to come in the ways we think about and implement Children’s Ministry in the local church if we are to faithfully form the 21st Century child. This course will explore the philosophy behind and the components of a new kind of Children’s Ministry. We will engage with the role of faith community, biblical story, intergenerational relationships, worship and family in childhood faith formation. Course Text Please obtain: Formational Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith Optional Text:  Children’s Ministry in the Way…

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$299

ONLINE COURSE: Church Renewal 2.0

October 28 - December 2

Renewing a church requires a unique skill set in pastoral and lay leadership. In this course, Rev. Michael Piazza (CPR Executive Director for Church Renewal and the former senior pastor and Dean of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX - the Cathedral of Hope grew from 230 members to over 4,000 members during his tenure), currently Michael is the senior minister of Virginia-Highlands UCC in Atlanta a church experiencing renewal and new direction. Rev. Jim Latimer (Church Renewal Pastor and CPR Coach) will teach you the basics of turning your church around.

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January 2015
$629

ONLINE COURSE – UCC History and Polity – Winter/Spring 2015

January 14, 2015 - April 21, 2015

Registration Due Date: January 7 (seats are limited) Course Description: This 12 week course examines the historical development and structural polity of the United Church of Christ. This course also spends time focusing on the emerging UCC and gives students a chance to explore social justice, world missions, ecumenism, and new and renewing congregational ministry within the UCC. Join instructor Rev. Dr. Timothy Downs (UCC Scholar and former UCC Pastor and UCC Conference Minister) for a course that will transform…

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$249

ONLINE COURSE – Youth Ministry that Transforms your Whole Church – Winter/Spring 2015

January 14, 2015 - February 25, 2015

Registration deadline: January 10, 2015 Course Description: Many people have fond memories of Sunday evening youth groups, summer trips in old yellow school buses and lock-ins in the church basement; those models of youth ministry don’t often meet the needs of today’s busy teens and families who seek deeper engagement with God and their faith. Relationships are still the key to effective youth ministry. 30 years of research – and our common sense – tells us this. In this course, explore how to use this ‘old-school’…

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