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Leadership Academy

Two exciting webinar series to choose from! Choose one or both!

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Spiritual Economics with Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter

How do we even begin to think about stewardship campaigns and budget planning? It’s not an easy topic for many, even in “normal” times. Add a denominational division, a global pandemic, and a movement for racial equity and justice that has rocked our country and our world, and you have a recipe for overwhelmed church leaders. Rebekah Simon-Peter leads this four-part, one hour/week, workshop to help you lead your congregation into a new relationship with money, transforming budgeting and fund-raising into a spiritual practice  of generosity and discipleship.

Aug 5: Your Money Assumptions
Uncover underlying assumptions that shape your comfort and discomfort with money.

Aug 12: Your Money Values
Identify core values that affect your own approach to money.

Aug 19: Stewardship and Leadership
Discover how your values color your approach to stewardship in the congregation.

Aug 26: Biblical Models of Financial Leadership
Explore Biblical models of financial stewardship, including Jesus’ own relationship to money.

Registration information

Four classes, August 5,12,19.26
Classes begin at 12:00 PM EDT and last for approximately one hour.

Cost: $39 per person.
Class size limited to 50 persons.

Underwritten by the Michigan Conference Office of Clergy Excellence

Registration required

Questions please contact:
Debbie Stevenson, Office of Clergy Excellence
517.347.4030 x4051


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Shape Something New - Tuesdays in August 4,11,18,25

Almost overnight, we find ourselves in a new, unfamiliar world.  The church is changing at a rapid rate.  Through four unique webinars learn how your congregation can shape ministry to remain vital and vibrant and become a new kind of church.

August 4: Collected and Distributed: A New Kind of Local Church for a Digital Frontier

Webinar Leader Michael Beck notes the future has come in the night and we are here now. COVID-19 has thrust us fully out onto a digital frontier. Fresh Expressions has been a canary in the coal mine alerting the church to a need for a "blended ecology" of church which includes gathered and scattered, attractional and missional, Jerusalem and Antioch, and we can now safely add... analog and digital. We will explore Wesleyan theological underpinnings for the new fields, as well as share practical tools, practices, and processes to help local congregations become a new kind of local church.

August 11: The Role of Small Groups in Discipleship: Using the Best of Online and In-person Settings

Scott Hughes, General Board of Discipleship Ministries is your Webinar Leader. As the baptized community, the church affirms the need to continue meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). Now is the time for churches to be experimenting with digital tools and social media to help small groups and Sunday School classes to connect in new ways and continue the church’s efforts at faith formation. But what can reasonably be expected from an online group? How different should we think about online and in-person gatherings? We’ll explore these and other questions in this interactive webinar to help your church’s small group ministry thrive.

August 18: IMPACT!  Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry

Webinar Leader Kay Kotan believes the church very likely will rise and fall with the missional investment of the laity. Rekindle the spark and set the laity on fire once again for Christ. Our tribe, the United Methodist Church, was founded as a movement of laity and reached millions of people. Re-stoke that laity movement once again to help re-engage and empower our laity for Kingdom IMPACT!  

  • How ALL are called into ministry
  • How Nehemiah was a role model for lay ministry impact
  • Why laity ministry impact has waned
  • How to reclaim the laity impact in ministry
  • The eight specific areas for high ministry impact from laity

August 25: Tell the Old Story in a New Time

Webinar Leader Jason Moore looks at how almost overnight, we find ourselves in a new, unfamiliar world. The COVID-19 virus has changed everything about our lives, including how we worship. What is the church to do in such a time as this?  With the social distancing practices preventing our physical gatherings, how do we connect and make our message resonate with a world in chaos? Now more than ever, the church has the opportunity to lead the charge in a world looking for spiritual answers. In order to lead effectively, we have to tell the old story in a new way, for a new time and with a new medium.

Registration information

Four classes, August 4,11,18.25
Classes begin at 7:00 PM EDT and last one hour.  August 25th class runs 2 hours.

Cost: Free
Class size limited to 500 persons.
You may take any number of classes. 

Underwritten by the Michigan Conference Office of Church Vibrancy

Registration required

Questions please contact:
Jodi Fuller, Office of Church Vibrancy
517.347.4030 x4051


Meet your presenter

Spiritual Economics

Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter

United Methodist elder, church consultant and coach,
author and speaker

Rebekah is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine.  Her award-winning group coaching program, Creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders across the country to reclaim their calling and to grow their ministries.  Known for teaching leaders how to bring out the best in the people who frustrate them the most, her work transforms church leaders and the congregations they serve.

Rebekah is the author of Dream Like Jesus:  Deepen Your Faith and Bring the Impossible to Life, The Jew Named Jesus, Green Church, Green Church Leader Guide, and 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church.

Meet your presenters

Shape Something New!


Director of Remissioning
Fresh Expressions

Rev. Michael Beck is South Atlantic Coordinator Fresh Expressions US and North Central District Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Michael serves as senior pastor of Wildwood UMC where he directs addiction recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, and a network of fresh expressions that meet in places like tattoo parlors and burrito joints.

Scott hugHes

Director of Adult Discipleship
at Discipleship Ministries

In addition to his work with Discipleship Ministries, Dr. Hughes also serves on the Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF) national board of directors. CEF is an association of United Methodists and persons from other denominations who have responsibility for Christian education or faith formation in any of its diverse forms, in and beyond the local church.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Georgia and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University. His area of focus was spiritual formation.


Director of the Center for Vitality
Arkansas Conference

Former Director of Equipping Vital Congregations for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, Kay brings to the position years of experience revitalizing congregations throughout the United States and helping to establish new church starts within and outside of central Pennsylvania.

She is the author of numerous books and workbooks on the subject of creating vital congregations, including Gear Up: Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church; Mission Possible: Structuring Your Church for Missional Effectiveness; Full Schedules, Barren Souls; IMPACT!: Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry; Necessary Nine – Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently, and others.


Author, Worship Designer, Artist

With a passion for creativity and image, Jason Moore is working to change the world through deep, meaningful, creative worship.  The author of 9 books, Jason has designed worship alongside such leaders as Adam Hamilton, Michael Slaughter, Tony Campolo, Brian McClaren an Leonard Sweet. Nearly a decade and a half ago, Jason began at Ginghamsburg UMC in Tipp City, Ohio. He later went on to co-found Midnight Oil Productions, his current ministry. In addition to being a very active worship coach and consultant, Jason also works part time as Creative Worship Specialist for the Miami Valley District of the UMC in Dayton, Ohio.