TRAINING & EDUCATION ROOM



It Takes More Than a Sermon

Tips to Become a More Effective Preacher

Jan 14, 2021 • Quincy Brown


Being a pastor in today’s church means wearing a lot of hats, and learning how to find hats that fit well may be the secret to finding success as a pastor.

During this one-hour session Quincy Brown – district superintendent in the North Georgia Conference and author of multiple books including The Q.U.E.S.T. for Vocation: A Personal Journey to Discern a Life’s Calling and Discipleship Path – will discuss the many hats worn by a pastor and how we can wear them more effectively.

Before taking the role of district superintendent, Quincy served as an associate pastor, college chaplain, church planter, and an executive pastor. In addition, he served as the Chairperson of the North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.



Inspiring your congregation to take leaps of faith during these uncertain times

Jan 20, 2021 • Rebekah Simon-Peter

2020 is unlike any other year, and the Church continues to deal with the changes experienced over the past year.

As we begin to think about life post-pandemic, it’s important to begin taking leaps of faith as the “new normal” creates new challenges for the Church.

January 20, Rebekah Simon-Peter will lead us in a webinar for church leaders and pastors titled, “Inspiring Your Congregation to Take Leaps of Faith During Uncertain Times.”

Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.



Powerful Preaching During Lent and Easter

Jan 26, 2021 • Bishop Sharma Lewis


As clergy, we are called, among other things, to preach. In September, there was a tremendous response to Bishop Sharma Lewis’ webinar related to preaching for Advent. Bishop Lewis, author of 2020’s best-selling Lenten guide, Journey to Transformation, will be with us January 26 to lead a one-hour session on Preaching During Lent.

Bring two pens. You’ll need them. Bishop Lewis always brings new, fresh, information to each of her webinars. She will cover her tips related to sermon preparation, topics, preaching tips and more.

Sharma Lewis is bishop of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is author of best-selling Lenten study Journey to Transformation.

Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.



The Difference the Cross Makes: Ideas & Tips for Preaching During Lent:

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 • Wil Cantrell

The Lenten season begins February 16, 2021. That’s the earliest beginning to Lent since 2018 and it’s easy to let the season sneak up after a busy Advent season.

On Thursday, February 4, Wil Cantrell joins us to discuss tips for preaching during Lent and Easter. Wil plans to discuss sermon tips and other ideas to assist as you make preparations for Lent 2021.

Wil Cantrell is author of Atone: The Difference the Cross Makes, Unafraid and Unashamed: The Future of United Methodism and From Heaven to Earth: Christmas for New Believers, Old Believers, and Non-Believers.

Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.



Developing Effective Communication to Grow Your Church

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 • Kevin Slimp

For twenty-five years, Kevin Slimp has been a household name in the world of corporate and United Methodist communications. Having keynoted thousands of conventions and events internationally, Kevin understands the worlds of both corporate and church communications.

As a former annual conference director of communications and current publisher of Market Square Books, Kevin will share tools often overlooked by local churches in reaching out to both the members and the unchurched of their communities.

He will discuss what attracts and what turns away potential visitors. Kevin will lead you to take a look at your printed communications tools, your website and more.

Kevin’s mantra over the past twenty-five years as a popular speaker and consultant has been to learn what actually works, not just what’s popular, in the area of communication.

Near the conclusion of this 60-minute session, participants will be invited to ask questions and share ideas that have worked in their local churches.

Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.



Leadership Development in the Local Church

Feb 16, 2021 • Ken Willard & Kelly Brown

Each local church is an ecosystem. The health of a church is measured, maintained, and improved by its leaders—the ecologist. Authors and coaches Rev. Kelly Brown and Ken Willard will share key facets of leadership development.

This class will review different leadership development approaches, the importance of creating a leadership development culture, and leadership competencies. Participants will also discover the importance of coaching conversations in local church leadership development.

Developing a leadership pathway serves to open up endless possibilities for us to be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in God’s transforming ministry to all the world – not just for the moment but for the future.

Brown and Willard are authors of Church Ecology: Creating a Leadership Pathway for Your Church.

Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.