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April 2015
$299

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

April 23 - July 1

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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$299

Church Renewal 2.0: From growth spurt to true transformation

April 23 - May 28

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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$299

Church Planting 2.0: Sustain, Manage and Grow What You’ve Planted

April 30 - July 8

This course is designed to help you figure out what to do once you have started your new church and realize that most of your assumptions and plans don't work in real life. The assignments and reading material are practical and tactical. We won't cover much theory. Our goal as seasoned and successful church planters is to help you get your church off the ground or help it grow to the next level. Course Topics: Completing this course will help…

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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

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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