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May 2015
$629

ONLINE COURSE – UCC History and Polity – Summer 2015

May 27 - September 1

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 your denominational identity.

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June 2015
$349

Healthy Boundaries for Ministry 101

June 1 - July 3

This comprehensive 5-week online course taught by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune of the FaithTrust Institute in partnership with the Center for Progressive Renewal will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships. Overview: The course begins with a live session on June  1 at 8 pm Eastern (7pm Central) and concludes with a final assignment due July 3. Weekly feedback between the instructor…

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July 2015
$249

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

July 9 - August 6

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’ principle in new ways through…

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$299

Church Planting 1.0: Till the soil, discern & shape the vision

July 30 - October 7

Are you called to start a new progressive church? This course is a five-week online class led by of the country's leading experts in the field. Rev. Sara Wilcox, founding co-pastor of Land of the Sky UCC, will facilitate your journey of discernment and vision-casting with special guests Rev. Cameron Trimble (CEO of CPR) and Doug Pagitt (founding pastor of Solomon's Porch). Objectives: Gain a comprehensive overview in progressive church planting. Identify important leadership skills. Gain invaluable information regarding networking,…

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August 2015
$299.00

Church Renewal 1.0: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can Too – Summer 2015

August 5 - September 8

Is it time to reverse the death spiral of your church?  Explore ways to become the healthy, stable, spirited and robust community you hope to be. We’ll cover the strategies Rev. Molly Baskette used in her church—their success is highly visible in the large percentage of children and young adults in the church, a sixfold increase in pledged giving in the last decade, and most importantly in the spirit of joy that pervades the community.  The hints, tips, and learnings can work…

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September 2015
$299

Church Renewal 2.0: From growth spurt to true transformation

September 3 - October 7

Building on concepts introduced in Church Renewal 1.0, this course with Rev. Molly Baskette is for clergy and lay leaders who are highly motivated to disrupt unhealthy patterns, call forth stakeholders, and throw wide the gates for consistent, stable growth and renewal in their communities. Among other topics, we’ll explore: transparency in giving as a strategy for growth and leadership development; a variety of low- and no-cost ways to reach people in your community who might need a church like…

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$249

How to Increase Worship Attendance

September 8 - October 12

In this course with Cathy Townley, we’ll consider the current unchurched, unconnected culture in America and the impact of the irrelevance of the church upon church attendance. We’ll then take steps to interact in the culture to invite friends and neighbors into Christian community and to the church. We’ll discover the dynamics of how church services grow, and learn everyone’s role in how God “adds to our numbers daily.” You will come away from the class with a plan for…

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$629

ONLINE COURSE – UCC History and Polity – Fall 2015

September 16 - December 15

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 your denominational identity.

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October 2015
$299

Church Renewal 1.0: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can Too – Fall 2015

October 8 - November 11

Is it time to reverse the death spiral of your church?  Explore ways to become the healthy, stable, spirited and robust community you hope to be. We’ll cover the strategies Rev. Molly Baskette used in her church—their success is highly visible in the large percentage of children and young adults in the church, a sixfold increase in pledged giving in the last decade, and most importantly in the spirit of joy that pervades the community.  The hints, tips, and learnings can work…

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November 2015
$299

Church Planting 1.0: Till the soil, discern & shape the vision

November 5 - December 16

Are you called to start a new progressive church? This course is a five-week online class led by of the country's leading experts in the field. Rev. Sara Wilcox, founding co-pastor of Land of the Sky UCC, will facilitate your journey of discernment and vision-casting with special guests Rev. Cameron Trimble (CEO of CPR) and Doug Pagitt (founding pastor of Solomon's Porch). Objectives: Gain a comprehensive overview in progressive church planting. Identify important leadership skills. Gain invaluable information regarding networking,…

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