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Leadership Academy 2019 Flyer

October 7 – 11, 2019

Wingate by Windham Hotel,

Indianapolis Airport – 5797 Rockville Rd.

This interactive learning experience, presented by New Church Ministry, brings together Disciples from throughout North America to share leadership experiences, wisdom, and training.

It will feature two track sessions: the Start Track, led by Jose Martinez and Joey Cotto, which is designed to empower leaders whose church/projects have not yet launched, and the Sustain Track, led by Terrell L Mctyer and Sandy Harvey, which is geared to empower leaders whose projects have recently launched and leaders of congregations newly affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Leadership Academy will also feature DOCTalks, joint sessions that address missional transformation inclusive of every stage of leadership and congregational vitality, and LEADLabs, interactive, practical trainings designed to help leaders imagine, ideate, innovate, and implement missional concepts. Workshop topics include:

  • Team Development and Empowerment
  • Personal/Clergy Financial Practices
  • Inspiring Generosity and Fundraising
  • Congregational Budgeting and Bookkeeping
  • 20 Top Pre-Launch Steps
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style Using DiSC
  • Brand Building
  • Coaching
  • Church Law and Compliance


Featured speakers include:

  • Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, Founding Director of TryTank, the experimental laboratory for church growth and innovation. Fr. Lorenzo will speak on the experiments in innovation for the church underway at TryTank and on how to improve ideation for faith-based initiatives.
  • Tamara Plummer, Program Officer for Asset Recognition of the US Disaster Program at Episcopal Relief & Development. Tamara will speak on asset-based community development.
  • Maria French, Executive Director of Hatchery LA, an initiative of the Pacific Southwest Region. She will speak on spiritual entrepreneurship.
  • Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Terri will conduct Leadership Academy’s closing commissioning service.


So, START, SUSTAIN and SOAR with these sessions and speakers! For additional information, visit www.LeadWithHope.org. But hurry! Registration ends Friday, September 20.