A New Course for Every Leader in Every Church


There are some things every ministry leader should know, regardless of role. Paradigms so fundamental that they shape every ministry of the church, and how each leader leads.

Thriving Essentials is a new way to get all the ministry leaders in your church - volunteers and staff, newbies and old-timers - aligned on key concepts about mission, discipleship, discernment, and leadership. Offered online at times that work with every schedule, these four one-hour sessions offer refreshing insights and can serve as a springboard to deeper conversations about ministry in your local context.

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Dates and Times

Four weekly, one-hour sessions via Zoom.

(It's fun to stick with the same group, but if you have a conflict you'll be able to catch that session with a different group.)

  • Tuesdays 7-8pm EST September 21 - October 12

  • Thursdays 11am-12pm EST September 30 - October 21

  • Wednesdays 11am-12pm EST October 6 - October 27

  • Wednesdays 9-10pm EST October 13 - November 3

  • Wednesdays 3-4pm EST October 20 - November 10 FULL

  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am EST October 26 - November 16

  • Mondays 10-11am EST November 1 - November 22

  • Tuesdays 2-3pm EST November 9 - November 30

Session 1 - Mission

Every church is called to participate in God’s mission, but each church needs to discern their niche within that larger mission. It begins by understanding the unique context where God has placed us, and recognizing the gifts and passions within the congregation. In this session, we’ll look at how churches thrive when context and congregation converge and we discover - or often rediscover - our church’s unique missional identity.

Session 2 - Discipleship

Disciples are formed as they engage God’s mission beyond the walls of the church. In this session we’ll look at how churches thrive when they help members put their discipleship into practice throughout the week. Reframing church discipleship programs as a means, not an end, can infuse them with new energy and purpose as we ‘gear up’ to serve. We’ll also see examples of how church members inspire each other to discover the missional opportunities all around.

Session 3 - Discernment

Practicing discernment is hard enough as individuals, much less doing it together as church leaders or an entire congregation. The idea of ‘waiting upon the Lord’ has almost become counter-cultural. In this session, we’ll look at how churches thrive when they resist the temptation to do and instead foster the impulse to discern. When discernment is done in community, it can strengthen our faith, weaken our divisions, and prevent fewer missteps as we pursue God’s mission.

Session 4 - Leadership

Even in churches, our ideas about ‘leadership’ are largely driven by our workplaces, news, and entertainment. But Jesus flipped around our preconceptions about power and leadership. Churches thrive when they embrace the idea that everyone is a leader, because everyone has God-given influence. In this session we’ll explore how to recognize our influence, guard against misuse, and to steward that influence for Kingdom impact.

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