Monthly Webinars

Each month we will offer a new webinar that dives deeper into our theme:

Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church 


When you register you can sign-up for any or all monthly webinars.

If sufficient interest is generated we will explore offering some intensive electives throughout

the rest of 2021 to help you go even deeper with the content.

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Encouragement Beyond Fatigue

January 21, 2021

2:00-3:30pm ET

2020 has been a year of unprecedented ministry challenges.

Persevering in the spirit of Hebrews 12 has been difficult with

many leaders feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. So that you

may not grow weary or lose heart we begin our webinar series

with this time of encouragement.


Louise Johnson

Louise Johnson, Director for Leadership Development for LEAD working  in the areas of adaptive leadership, innovation, and new program development. Former President of Wartburg Theological Seminary..

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Justice and the Common Good

February 18, 2021

2:00-3:30pm ET

During this pandemic, church leaders have been thrust into the

midst of our nation’s unresolved efforts to address systemic racism 

and ensure equal justice for all. While the church should be a   great place to cast a “common good” vision, in this season of

extreme polarity engaging in honest conversation is often laced 

with tension. This webinar features a diverse panel of church

leaders who will share their thoughts on this important topic

and participate in a Q&A following their presentations.


William Flippin, Jr.

Director of Evangelical Mission, SE Pennsylvania Synod

Sunitha Mortha

Assistant to the Bishop

Metro Chicago Synod

Rick Rouse

Parish Consultant & Co-author of "The World is About to Turn: Mending a Nation’s Broken Faith".

Aura Suarez

Coordinator for the Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo

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Hybrid Community: 

Virtual and In-Person 

March 18, 2021

2:00-3:30pm ET

Most congregations were thrust into unknown territory 8 months ago when worship went virtual / online instead of in person. Church renewal leaders maintain that vital congregations must continue their online presence going forward and offer a hybrid blend of community (phygital) that is both physical and digital. This is not a replacement of community, but rather the birth of a legitimate new kind of community. The presenters recruited for this important webinar bring a wealth of experience and perspective. Expect a lively Q & A conversation as we engage the merits of this new reality.


Jeff Reed

Director of Digital Church Planting

Stadia Church Planting

Deanna A. Thompson

Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values and Community and Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf College. Author of "The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World".

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Creative Expressions of Church

April 15, 2021

2:00-3:30pm ET

Crises like we are now facing often create opportunities for new things to emerge. In the spirit of Ephesians 3:20, as we move forward we believe that by the power at work within us, God, who works good in and through all things, will accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine! The presenters we have recruited for this webinar believe this too and look forward to sharing their creative ideas and engaging in a time for Q&A together.


Ken Carter

Resident Bishop of the Florida Area of the United Methodist Church and Duke Divinity School,. He has also been a key voice in the Fresh Expressions movement.

Emily Scott

Founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn and now Dreams and Visions in Baltimore

Phil Hirsch

Executive Director, 

ELCA Domestic Mission Unit

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