Short Term Courses

GNJ is offering courses that will bless the mission and ministry of your congregation. Courses are open to laity and clergy. Congregations are encouraged to invite leaders to enroll in courses in their area of interest. Select each course to register.

  • Each course is comprised of 90-minute online ZOOM sessions. Most courses are over several weeks, with each 90-minute session containing unique content.
  • Registration for each course is necessary unless otherwise noted. Please register early for the course(s) you are interested in, as some courses have registration limits.
  • Registration closes one week before courses begins.

Your Zoom log-in information will be provided to you before the course begins.

Statistical Reports Training
All pastors of local churches need to submit a year-end statistical report each year. As there may be some changes in the 2022 reporting, all pastors and members involved in completing the reports are encouraged to review the training materials. Also, in January, our Finance Team will host the following:

Statistical Reports Refresher and FAQ |  January 5 | 6pm – 8:30 pm
During this refresher session, the Finance team will address any questions and concerns that have arisen as pastors have begun to work on and complete their annual statistical reports.
(Meeting ID: 811 6162 6523 | Password: 801835)

The Science of Generosity | January 12 | 7 pm – 8:15 pm
What does it mean to be generous? Can giving make you happier and healthier? In this one-session workshop, we will welcome a special guest, Dr. Femida Handly, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Together we’ll explore the facets of generosity by looking closely at the meanings, traits, and motivations behind giving behaviors across communities and cultures. Then, we will discuss how generosity contributes to our happiness and well-being as well as the happiness and well-being of our loved ones, our local communities, and our global society.

Breakthrough Lent Planning Workshop | January 17th | 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Lent is a season when we focus on what it means to be human before God. There are few things that are more human than having doubts and questions! This year’s Lenten Breakthrough series, Questions to God, creates space for asking hard questions about who God is and what the Christian faith is all about. This one-session workshop will help you plan Lent and Easter using the Questions to God series with creative ideas, best practices, and a time of brainstorming with other church leaders.

Stewardship: Growing Legacy and Planned Giving Webinar
January 26 & February 2 | 7 pm – 8:30pm
As a nation, we are in the midst of what is being called the “Great Wealth Transfer,” where over the next few decades, trillions of dollars will change hands generationally. Is your congregation set up to attract, receive and care for legacy and planned gifts? This two-session course will walk through how to establish or re-invigorate a Legacy & Planned Giving program in your congregation.

Pathways for Congregational Development | January 31 | 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Over the past few years, our leaders and churches have been faced with a myriad of challenges, and many congregations are discerning how to take the next faithful step. Pathways for Congregational Development is designed by GNJ to offer your congregation the tools needed to recall and honor who you were in the past, reflect on your current ministry, and then reset for the future so you can thrive. Pathways is a process to educate and equip congregations to do the important work of making disciples for the transformation of the world. In this one-evening workshop, learn about this new resource to determine if Pathways is the right process to help your congregation envision what God has in store next.

You On Purpose: Exploring Your Calling |March 16, 23, 30 | 7 pm – 8:30 pm
What should I do with my life? How do I discover my true “calling”? What do I do next? What is my purpose? These are some of life’s big questions and they rattle around in our brains no matter who or what age we are. Challenging seasons of life can throw us into vexing periods of discernment where we ask these questions – and many of us are asking them now more than ever before. It is NEVER too early or late to wonder what God created us to become in this new season. But sometimes, we need help discovering what that is. In this three-session course, clergy and laity will be invited to explore these important questions in community with one another and be guided in an intentional process of spiritual discernment toward discovering how to be You on Purpose.

Foundations for Just, Inclusive, and Equitable Ministries in the Local Church
April 19, 26 and May 3| 7 pm – 8:30 pm
GNJ’s Journey of Hope Strategic Plan “strongly encourages all GNJ leaders and disciples each year to participate in a study and conversation that helps people continually turn outward and work toward a racially just, inclusive and equitable church.” With this workshop, both clergy and laity will begin to build the foundations for a Justice and Mercy ministry in their congregations. By the end of this three-session course, participants will be able to (1) think biblically and theologically about the work of justice and mercy in their communities, (2) practice justice and mercy as a spiritual discipline (3) identify areas in which their community can engage in justice and mercy ministries, and (4) explore asset-based organizing.

Finance: Alternative Income Streams for Ministry | April 20 & 27 | 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Many congregations are finding that the traditional or usual ways of funding ministry through member giving are becoming more difficult. Local congregations are rediscovering or leveraging their entrepreneurial Wesleyan spiritual DNA and finding new ways to generate income, build partnerships, and impact local communities. Diversified or multiple income sources help provide stability. This two-session course will explore emerging alternative funding models and provide tools for discernment and resources for taking important and increasingly urgent next steps.

Building Your Stewardship Team & Pre-work to Launching a Financial Stewardship Campaign
June 1 | 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Is your congregation struggling to grow stewardship and member giving? Do you want to move toward proportional giving and hold a dynamic, effective stewardship campaign in the fall? This single-session course focuses on building a stewardship & generosity team in your local church. This is an important preliminary session as you will get resources for building your team over the summer and be ready for training and implementing a stewardship campaign in the fall. Congregations that have participated in this training and have built teams have been able to lead very effective stewardship campaigns and grow the culture of generosity in their church.

Breakthrough for Youth | August 8 | 7pm – 8:30 pm
Details will be released in April 2022.

Past Leadership Academy Courses

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