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August 2014
$249

ONLINE COURSE: How to Increase Worship Attendance

August 12 - September 16

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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ONLINE COURSE: Church Planting 2.0 – $299.00

August 28 - October 3

You have started a new church! That is great. But now, you are discovering that your plans are not working out quite the way you planned. Some things have exceeded your expectations; some things have been major disappointments. What should your next steps be? How do you continue building this new church that you started? Join us for this five-week exploration in “lean-start up” church planting. We will focus on creating strategic experiments, knowing what to learn from them and discerning what changes you need to make in your strategy as you keep building your new church.

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September 2014
$629

ONLINE COURSE: UCC History and Polity

September 3 - December 3

This 12 week online course examines the History & Polity of the United Church of Christ. This is a rigorous course with extensive reading, online research, student interaction and weekly assignments. Be prepared to devote a minimum of 10 hours a week for successful completion. This course also spends time focusing on the emerging UCC and gives students a chance to explore, social justice, world missions, ecumenism and new & renewing congregational ministry. Main Instructor Rev. Dr. Timothy Downs (UCC Scholar and former UCC Pastor and UCC Conference Minister).

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$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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$349

ONLINE COURSE: Healthy Boundaries for Ministry 101

September 16 - October 17

This comprehensive 5-week online course with FaithTrust Institute and 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.

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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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$299

ONLINE COURSE: Church Renewal 2.0

October 21 - November 25

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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