The list below represents recorded versions of our online classes. Please scroll down the list to see classes in alphabetical order, by instructor(s).
Olu Brown: Growing Your Church by Becoming Part of the Community
60 minutes– What are the keys to growing a local church? Well, there are many. Olu Brown has watched his congregation grow into a dynamic “megachurch” in Atlanta, and Rev. Brown credits becoming a part of the community as a chief factor in growing the church.
What can your church do to become more aligned with your surrounding community? What can you do, as a pastor, to become a more connected part of your community? And is there anything we can do during this COVID-19 period to show our commitment to the community?
Join us as Olu Brown addresses the topic, “Growing a Church by Becoming Part of the Community.”
Wil Cantrell & Friends: Getting Your Church Online
60 Minutes – It’s a trying time for everyone right now, including the church. We keep hearing we need to offer online services, but a lot of us either 1) don’t know what technology is available and how to use it or 2) know what software to use, but aren’t sure how to create a meaningful service online.
We’ll be joined by:
– Wil Cantrell, pastor of Concord (TN) & author of Unafraid & Unashamed, who will discuss the focus and strategy of online worship
– Glenna Manning, Pastor of Discipleship at Concord UMC, who will discuss strategies for leading small groups and bible studies online.
– Skip White, Pastor of Trinity UMC in Athens, TN, who will discuss the best methods to take the small church online
– Daniel Shifflett, Technical Director & Professional Musician, who will discuss what you need and don’t need to do church online
Getting Your Church Online
Wil Cantrell & Tarah Kesterson Video: Preaching to the Camera in Time of Crisis
55 Minutes – COVID-19 seems to have made “TV Preachers” out of all of us, whether we like it or not. During this one-hour webinar, Wil Cantrell, pastor and author of Unafraid & Unashamed, is joined by former WCYB-NBC news anchor Tarah Taylor to share some ideas and tips to make preaching to a phone, camera or iPad a little less daunting and a lot more effective.
Will and Tarah share tips about camera angle, setting, eye contact, content, and much more. Bring two pens to this session. You’re going to need them.
Preaching to the Camera
Wil Cantrell Video: Answering Your Call as Associate Pastor
60 Minutes – Wondering how to fulfill your ministry calling when you’re not in charge? Join us to discuss unique opportunities and challenges faced by associate pastors.
Wil Cantrell serves as the Associate Pastor of Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut, TN. Wil’s driving passion is to help people live an authentic life while experiencing a real growing faith in Jesus Christ. Previously, he served as the associate pastor at Middlebrook Pike UMC and as the pastor of Lebanon Memorial UMC (Lebanon, VA) before coming to Concord UMC in July 2015.
You may recognize Wil’s name from his bestselling books, Unafraid and Unashamed and From Heaven to Earth.
Wil Cantrell: Serving as Associate Pastor
Bishop Ken Carder Video: Lessons Shared From 50 Years in Ministry
$20 55 Minutes
Bishop Carder has served churches in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Bristol, Tennessee, Abingdon, Virginia and Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While in Oak Ridge, he helped initiate an ongoing dialogue between scientists and theologians, including a dialogue between members of the Council of Bishops, on In Defense of Creation. He continues an interest in science/technology and theology/ethics. In addition to dialogue between science and theology, Ken has special commitment to Wesley studies, prison ministries, racial and economic justice, and ministry with those who live in poverty.
During this one-hour webinar, Bishop Carder will share some of the most important insights he has learned in his 50 years in ministry. The hour will seem like ten minutes. Don’t show up late.
Kay Kotan: 10 Common Practices That Keep Churches From Growning
55 Minutes – Kay Kotan is an extremely popular speaker, consultant and expert in the areas of church growth and leadership Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Kay as she discusses the most common things congregations do to stunt their growth.
Come explore the top ten most commonly found things that stunt the growth and vitality of the church. Through more than a decade of coaching and consulting with churches and pastors across the nation, Kay Kotan will identify the top growth stumbling blocks she has uncovered in church after church.
Gather your team to hear the top ten list and evaluate where your church might be stunted in its growth.
Kay Kotan & Phil Schroeder Video: Launching Leaders
$20 55 Minutes
Kay Kotan and Phil Schroeder are “household names” when it comes to leadership development in the local congregation.
Leaders do not develop just because we want leaders developed. Leaders develop because we have an intentional, step-by-step process to ensure the best possible outcome.
As you take off on this journey of launching leaders, you will encounter five different levels of leadership development. This will be the development process within each session that in turn shifts the way of being and doing life.
Five Levels of Leadership Development:
- Ponder Check you Gauges
- Provoke Start your Engines
- Process Take Off
- Probe Climbing and Soaring
- Practice Taxi
In Addition to the Five Levels:
- Potential Resources Flight Simulators
Kay Kotan & Phil Maynard: Launching Leaders
Kay Kotan & Jason Mackey: Extending Hospitality on Camera (during COVID-19)
55 Minutes – Okay, we’ve launched a virtual worship experience. That’s great! A sermon, prayers, maybe a song or two. But worship doesn’t end there. Your members, and probably a good number of newcomers, will be joining your online worship experience.
Now is the opportunity to think about what additional elements need to be added to the experience. Join us to chat about practical tips for hospitality and connection during a virtual worship experience.
Kay Kotan & Jason Mackey: Extending Hospitality on Camera
Bishop Sharma Lewis Video: Preaching for Lent and Easter
$20 60 Minutes
Lenten preaching is especially important, as visitors and regular attenders prepare for the upcoming Easter celebration.
Bishop Sharma Lewis, Virginia Annual Conference, will lead this online class related to preaching during Lent and Easter. Bishop Lewis is author of “Journey to Transformation: A 2020 Lenten Study.” In this session, Bishop Lewis will discuss styles of preaching, preparation, and share some of her favorite themes related to Lent and Easter.
Following her presentation, Bishop Lewis answered questions from the live audience, which are included in the recording.
Rebekah Simon-Peter Video: Getting Your Congregation to Dream Like Jesus
$20 60 Minutes
Rebekah Simon-Peter is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine. Her award-winning program, Creating a Culture of Renewal®, has energized church leaders across the country to reclaim their calling and to grow their ministries. Rebekah is also the author of The Jew Named Jesus, Green Church, and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church.
Rebekah invites you to take the next step. Lead your congregation as they come to know Jesus, and themselves, in a whole new way. It’s time to meet your own power. To discover your own birthright. To claim your own blessing. It’s time to dream like Jesus. And time to share that dream with the people you love, teach, and lead.