This resource archive contains some of the courses and workshops offered through the Leadership Academy. Select one of the categories below and explore the resources!

  • Worship
  • Spiritual Life
  • Church Organization
  • Church Finances
  • Mission
  • Small Groups
  • Leading Change
  • Racial Justice & Cultural Competency


The Welcoming Church and Worship
Discover how to become the Christ-centered, welcoming church our communities are longing for by exploring the “every member commitment” that is rooted in the Great Commission for all to take part in the growth of the body of Christ. Instructor: Lan Wilson
Session 1 available here. | Session 2 available here. | Session 3 available here. | Presentation slides available here.

Breakthrough: Drink from the Fountain of Grace Lent Planning Workshop
This workshop shares ideas and information for planning Lenten worship and devotion for your congregation using the 2022 Breakthrough Lenten series Drink from the Fountain of Grace. Instructor: Rev. Emily Wilton
 Lent Planning Workshop PowerPoint | View Session

Breakthrough: God with Us Advent Planning Workshop
This workshop shares ideas and information for planning Advent worship using the 2021            Breakthrough Advent series, God With Us. Instructor: Rev. Emily Wilton.
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Making Worship Work Behind the Scenes
This course focuses on best practices in worship technology, and developing and leadership to take your team to the next level through communication, recruitment and organization. Recommended for churches who are considering improving their worship technology, digital ministry and worship team practices. Instructor: Chuck DelCamp.
Course Materials:
Making Worship Work | Session 1 PowerPoint
Making Worship Work | Session 2 PowerPoint
Making Worship Work | Session 3 PowerPoint
Plan Template
Course Resources

Navigating Worship in the New Day
As new dynamics in worship arise for our churches in this new day, this course addresses:

  • Hybrid worship, live worship (live-streamed in different size settings), along with engaging congregants, preaching and leading in the hybrid service.
  • Hospitality in the new normal
  • Intertwining worship presentation software and OBS studio for live streaming and recording
  • Worship media: licensing and resources for products

Recommended for worship committees, musicians and pastors. Instructor: Lan Wilson.
View sessions: Week 1 – Music | Hospitality | Outreach | Week 2 – Livestreaming | Worship Presentation | Engaging People | Week 3 – Preaching/Leading | Setting a Standard | Creating Rhythms | Ideas | Budgeting

May 2022 Annual Conference Learning Moment: The Welcoming Church
Welcoming Church Video Leader Handout | Video

Spiritual Life

Blessing as a Way of Living
This course deepens our understanding of the nature of blessing by examining the blessings of Jesus in scripture, reflecting on everyday blessings, and showing how to write blessings of our own. Instructor: Rev. Dr. Ginny Cetuk.
View sessions: Session 1 (not available) | Session 2 available here. | Session 3 available here.

Church Organization

Statistical Report Training
This training is given by GNJ’s Finance and Administration Team. All pastors of local churches need to submit a year-end statistical report each year. Instructor: Rob Zuckerman.
View Sessions: Statistical Training Session 1 | Statistical Training Session 2
2021 Statistical Training Presentation

Simplified One Board Model
This course teaches a step-by-step process for discerning and possible implementation of the shift to a One Board Model. Instructor: Rev. Brian Roberts and several clergy and laity from GNJ.
the sessions: Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3
Power Point presentation, for Session 1, by the Rev. Dr. Steven Bechtold
Three Phases Simplified Accountability Model Process Stages
The “Discerning WHY & 5 Factors worksheet” to be completed for Session 2

Church Finances

Foundational Day Finance Committee Workshop
This session reviews the finance committee’s role in the financial vitality of congregations, including:

  • Financial reporting
  • Internal controls
  • Budgeting
  • Other best practices

Metro Highlands Workshop here. | Coastal Plains Workshop here. (Please note the first 10 minutes did not record). View the presentation here.

Church & Clergy Taxes
Have questions about the IRS group tax exemption? Unsure how to handle clergy / lay employment taxes? Need help completing a W2? Do you need to understand the difference between a Housing Allowance vs. Housing Exclusion? Is your church considering renting property but not sure about the tax consequences?  GNJ Church & Clergy Taxes will answer all of these and other frequently asked tax-related questions. Instructor: Rob Zuckerman, GNJ CFO/Treasurer

Launching a Stewardship Campaign (using Breakthrough: All In)
This course provides steps for creating a wholistic stewardship campaign, including a timeline for implementing an annual giving campaign and ways to engage church leadership. It uses the 2021 Breakthrough stewardship series All In. Note: only the first of three sessions is available for viewing. Instructor: Rev. Jana Purkis-Brash and Rev. Deb DeVos.
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Preparing a Balanced Budget
This course teaches a process for creating and living into a balanced budget to assist church leaders in ensuring that resources develop life-changing ministry. Recommended for finance committee chairpersons, treasurers, church council chairpersons and pastors. Instructor: Rev. Jana Purkis-Brash.
View sessions: Session 1 | Session 2
Course Materials:
Preparing a Balanced Budget
Preparing a Balanced Budget II
Sample Church Monthly Budget


Local Church & Community: Building Missional Relationships
Building relationships to engage hands-on mission is essential to live out the church’s mission to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This three session course will aid you in identifying community partnerships for collaboration, understanding the steps, challenges and hurdles of implementation, and developing an action plan for ministry. Instructor: Andrea Wren-Hardin, GNJ Disaster Recovery Coordinator.

Missional Engagement that Opens Hearts, Minds and Doors
This course teaches best practices for engaging in mission that is relational, transformative, and utilizes the gifts and assets of your church and community. Recommended for mission and outreach committees, clergy and those interested in developing hands-on mission in their communities. Instructor: Andrea Wren-Hardin, Ashley Wilson and Rev. Luana Cook-Scott.
View the sessions: Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3
Course Materials:
Mission Planning Questions
Mission Resources
Missional Engagement | Session 1 PowerPoint
Missional Engagement | Session 2 PowerPoint
Missional Engagement | Session 3 PowerPoint

Small Groups

Be a Leader, Lead a Leader – Small Group Hybrid Training
This course explores ways to develop as a leader and to lead leaders of small groups. It walks through casting a vision for a yearlong plan for small group ministry, learning ways to recruit and equip laity to lead, and skills for online facilitation. Instructor: Rev. Gina Yeske.
View the sessions: Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3

Leading Change

Navigating Change| 2021 Adjourned Annual Conference Session

Learning Moment | 2021 Adjourned Annual Conference Session

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Juel Nelson

It’s Not Just Sundays: Church Growth in a Hybrid Context
This training is designed to equip churches and leaders to be effective in a hybrid ministry context to increase engagement and expand their reach. This will aid in developing common language, shared values, and explore practical methods of growing the present-future church. Instructor: Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross.

  • Exploring cultural trends that we define the future-present church
  • Using digital platforms to create community with existing members while reaching new demographics.
  • Moving from a growth mindset of 52 weeks to 365 days
  • Mobilizing and recruiting new volunteers to support new strategies

Pathways for Congregational Development Workshop

This spring, Resource Directors Gina Yeske and Lan Wilson hosted a workshop on Pathways for Congregational Development. This workshop was for congregations to learn about this new resource and to determine if Pathways is the right process to help them congregation envision what God has in store next. You and your congregation are invited to check out the highlights of that evening. View the session.

Racial Justice & Cultural Competency

Courageous Conversations: Racism
This course encourages and equips church leaders to feel more confident about understanding the need for conversations about racism and to glimpse potential outcomes for the local church. This was offered as a self-paced online course through Discipleship Ministries in connection with weekly conversations. The online course can be found here: How to Have a Courageous Conversation: Racism | Discipleship ( Instructors: Rev. Enger Muteteke & Rev. Frank Davis.

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