Leading a congregation in renewal or starting a new ministry requires an entrepreneurial skill set that values risk-taking, innovation and strategic thinking. This course will explore the skills, models, concepts and practices church leaders need to effectively guide congregations or non-profits into a high-impact future.
To register as a team: $300
To register as an individual: $150
To add a 60 min coaching session: +$50
- Our Larger Context
- It Starts with Vision
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Legal and Business Models
- Human Resources
- Marketing and Media
- Developing Your Team
- Grant Writing Basics
Readings and media will be posted on the course classroom website.
Upgrade for 60 minute Coaching Consultation to Evaluate Your Business Plan
Upgrade for 60 minute Coaching Consultation to Evaluate Your Non-Profit Startup Plan and Structure
Upgrade for 60 minute Coaching Consultation to Evaluate Your Fundraising Strategy
This course is designed as an on demand course. You can move through the material at the pace and time that works best for you.
Curriculum Curator and Coach
Rev. Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal. She most recently served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and as Associate Conference Minister of Church Development in the Southeast Conference of the UCC. In her ministry in the national setting, Rev. Trimble was responsible for the development of national strategy for birthing new churches. In her conference setting, she directly oversaw the birthing of churches throughout the Southeast Conference. Each setting has given her a unique perspective on the challenges of cultivating leaders equipped to meet the needs of the future of mainline Protestantism.
Rev. Trimble is an adjunct professor teaching church planting and renewal with the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary. She has co-authored the book Liberating Hope with Michael Piazza in 2011.
With this wide experience and exposure, Rev. Trimble is convinced that the future of the progressive mainline Church is dependent upon our ability to cultivate the highest quality of leadership in both ordained and lay leadership.
What resources will I need for this class?
You will need a computer and access to the Internet.
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?
Students will walk away with a keen awareness of business practices as they apply to ministry, the church, and entrepreneurial leadership.
What does a typical module look like?
In a typical module session, you’ll be introduced to concepts, strategies, and teachings through video, readings, and links to media. In each module there is also an assignment to “go and try it out” to help you move along in developing your ideas into a formal plan and towards implementation.
Should I register as an individual or a congregational team?
Individual registration allows one user to view and interact with the material. Registration as a team allows you to show the videos and use the material with groups in your church such as a church council, ministry team, or working group.