CHURCH RENEWAL 2.0: FROM GROWTH SPURT TO TRUE TRANSFORMATION
MARCH 13 - MAY 12
Registration Process: Students and teams can enroll at any point during the course
Cost: $199 for individuals and $299 for teams of 3-4 people from the same church
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 yours; and how to work efficiently and effectively to keep our churches moving into the future that God intends for them.
· Module One: Higher Level Thinking about the Second Journey
· Module Two: What Should Pastors Do all Day? Time management and easing your congregation through the change
· Module Three: Stewardship and Budgeting
· Module Four: Outreach, Growth and Social Media
· Module Five: Integrating, Planning, and Dreaming
This course is designed for both lay people and clergy, as well as for individuals or congregational teams who are interested in revitalizing their church's ministry. Church Renewal 1.0 is recommended (because it too is a great class) but not required.
The beauty of this course is that it is designed so that you and your team can move through the material at the pace and time that works best for you. The staff will have opportunities for you to connect with them at different points during the entire span class.
The course utilizes our online classroom combining live meetings, recorded lectures, reading, student discussion, interaction with the teaching team, and a final project.
The course will open on Monday, March 13, 2017. There will be three live sessions to interact and discuss the material with Rev Baskette.
The live calls will take place throughout the course (dates TBD) and will allow for the learners to discuss the material they are working thorough in the online classroom.
Please obtain a copy of the following text before the course:
· Molly Baskette, Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back From the Dead, and Yours Can, Too.
· J.Clif Christopher, Not Your Parents' Offering Plate
How much time will I spend engaged in this course?
This course is designed to expose you to variety of perspectives and learnings, and to equip you with an extensive number of resources. Many students spend between 2-4 hours per week.
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.
More about the teaching team:
Molly Baskette, Team Lead
Began her journey of church renewal as the lead pastor of the quirky, loveable and burgeoning community of First Church Somerville UCC in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is the author of the how-to manual for church resurrection, Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can, Too.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School, Molly is a regular contributor to the United Church of Christ’s Feed Your Spirit site, including the UCC Daily Devotionals, and the co-author of Remembering My Grandparent and Remembering My Pet, two practical grief books for children. She blogs on church renewal at realgoodchurch.com; on ministry, motherhood and cancer survivorship at revmolly.tumblr.com; and (occasionally!) on the crazy theological things kids say at whatisgodfor.tumblr.com. And sometimes, she just lies in the hammock with one of her kids, and eats a popsicle.
Megan had her start in church renewal at First Church Somerville. She now serves on the pastoral team at Village Church in Wellesley, MA. Megan is a Southern California native and a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ. She is passionate about working with lay leaderships to help congregations thrive, ministry with millennials, and mental health and wellness. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and is ordained in the UCC. Megan enjoys live music, travel, movies, and her dogs.