Church Planting 2.0. is built around the Church Planting Handbook, and includes web-conference meetings with a senior CPR staff member, video lectures, facilitated reflection, assignments and access to a host of supporting handouts and articles. This online courses is as challenging a it is enriching.
Needs for new ministry developers are changing quickly, so we revamped this course to make it more flexible and accessible and to feature a wider variety of voices. That means on-demand access, a more user-friendly web format, and fresh content.
For Church Planting 2.0 we shifted away from linear course design and toward a “stacking model”: think of blocks that learners can arrange or “stack” according to their learning goals and available time. High-quality, shorter, content-rich videos from respected leaders and teachers coupled with exercise and assignments make the opportunity more valuable than ever. Working closely with our curriculum developer, we have worked to ensure that busy adult learners will be more inspired and better equipped as they build the church for tomorrow.
We have reviewed the latest pedagogical methods and a top-notch team turned the five-session 2.0 course into a set of three flexible modules, each of which includes three units.
Church Planting 2.0 is now fully on-demand! You can buy access to the entire course ($299), an individual focus ($125), or and individual module ($49). Start at any time and work through at your own pace.
The full course is comprised of three individual foci: Gathering the People, Leadership, and Administration; each has three modules. (Click on a focus area or a module for full details.)
- Module 1: Get Them to Come: Radical Welcome
- Module 2: Get Them to Come Back
- Module 3: Get Them to Stay
- Module 4: You Can’t Do It All: Growing a Church of Leaders
- Module 5: The Good Fight: Healthy Conflict Management
- Module 6: The Leadership Handoff: Transition to the Next Generation of Leaders
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.
Registration for this class is currently closed.
Contact Rev. Jim Keat, the Director of Online Learning, for information about joining a summer cohort.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 10, 2017!
This course will run 12 weeks, Wednesday, January 11 - Wednesday, April 12.
There is an initial live session on Wednesday, January 18 at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
There will be a break Wednesday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 8.
There is a closing live session on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 pm EST.
Information on how to sign in to the webinar is available in the online classroom. You will receive an invitation to the online classroom after registration has closed.
- Historical background of the UCC
- Four foundational traditions and the UCC as a United and Uniting Church
- Theology and polity of covenant, statement of faith, and extravagant welcome
- Hidden histories of the UCC, the AMA, and the Afro-Christian Connection
- Worship and sacraments in the UCC
- Theological and structural implications of justice work of the UCC
- Global Ministries and ecumenical partnerships
- The UCC of the future: church revitalization and new church starts
- General Synod: structure, purpose, and implications on ministry
Whether you are seeking ministerial authorization in the UCC or a lay person interested in learning more about the denomination, this course is designed for you.
The course utilizes the online classroom combining live webinars, recorded lectures, reading, online research, student discussion and interaction, and weekly assignments.
Please obtain the following books prior to the beginning of the class:
- Hollyday, Joyce, C. On the Heels of Freedom: the American Missionary Association’s Bold Campaign to Educate Minds, Open Hearts, and Heal the Soul of a Divided Nation
- Post, Margaret Rowland, History and Program, Revised and Updated
- Thayer, A. and Jacobsen, D., eds. "Christ, Creedsand Life
- Walker, Randi, The Evolution of a UCC Style
- Zikmund, B. ed., Hidden Histories in the United Church, Vols. 1-2 (also available online)
Recommended texts (but not required)
- Book of Worship, UCC
- Living Theological Heritage, Vols. I-VII Ed: Barbara Brown Zikmund (available on flash drive from UCC Resources)
How much time will I spend engaged in this course?
This is a rigorous course with extensive reading, online research, student interaction and weekly assignments. Be prepared to devote 8-10 hours a week for successful completion.
Can I receive academic credit for this course?
This course has been approved as a three hour course by a number of Seminaries and Schools of Divinity. Students interested in receiving credit through their seminary should contact the instructor, Dr. Tim Downs (email@example.com) directly.
Will my association or conference accept this course as a part of authorization requirements?
This course has been widely accepted to meet History & Polity requirements for Ordination and Privilege of Call in many UCC Associations and Conferences. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their local Association/Conference to determine the acceptance of this completed course.
I’m not great with technology. Is training available?
Technology training videos are available and a staff member is available to students who need further training.
Can I arrange a payment plan?
Contact Director of Operations Chris Hamel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.