Church Renewal 1.0 Spring 2017


MARCH 13 - MAY 12

Registration Process: Students and teams can enroll at any point during the course

Cost: $199 for individuals, $299 for teams of 3-4 people from the same church

Is it time to reverse the death spiral of your church?  Explore ways to become the healthy, stable, spirited and robust community you hope to be. We’ll cover the strategies Rev. Molly Baskette used in her church—their success is highly visible in the large percentage of children and young adults in the church, a sixfold increase in pledged giving in the last decade, and most importantly in the spirit of joy that pervades the community.  The hints, tips, and learnings can work in any church, in any setting: regardless of denomination, demographics, or political landscape.



Learning Themes:

·       Module 1: The Second Journey: Anxiety, Allies and Orientation

·       Module 2: Physical Space: What You Can Do with a Few People and a Bad Building

·       Module 3: Conflict and Change: Sacred Cows and Golden Calves

·       Module 4: Real Good Church: Worship is Everything

·       Module 5: Sticking Points, Anxiety Dump, and Making Plans


Recommended Background:

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.

Course Format:

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.

Important Dates:

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.

Course Textbooks:

Please obtain a copy of the following text before the course:

Molly Basket, Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back From the Dead, and Yours Can, Too.


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; on ministry, motherhood and cancer survivorship at; and (occasionally!) on the crazy theological things kids say at And sometimes, she just lies in the hammock with one of her kids, and eats a popsicle.

Megan Snell

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.


Together, we’ll take a critical look at outreach and growth strategies, finances and giving, creative worship including the central place of personal testimony and corporate prayer practices, church conflict and change, anxiety and laughter, and much more--all treated with a healthy dose of humor and offering real, practical, immediate steps for getting started. By the end of the course, your anxiety will be lower, your courage greater, and you will have a clear sense of the next right thing to do so that God can get your community unstuck.