Webinars And Classes


Helping Congregations Move into Ministry Beyond Themselves

January 11 - 10 AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Debra Griffis-Woodberry, Presenter
Tuition $20

Using the words of Jesus as a guide, participants will learn ways to develop an awareness of and motivation for offering Christian service to others. We will answer the questions, “What are we uniquely positioned to do”? and “What are we called by God to offer?



Exploring Emerging Models for Youth Ministry
January 16 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Since its beginnings in the mid-20th century, youth ministry has been age-segregated, consumer-driven, and attractional. In the rapidly-changing context of the 21st century, these ways of doing ministry have become less effective. New models for youth ministry are emerging. This webinar will explore how these new models might inform and inspire us to reconsider ministry with adolescents and their families.



Clearing The Fields: Identifying And Removing Urgency Obstacles In Your Congregation

January 17 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Many of us wish our congregations were motivated by higher urgency to live out our mission and visions. Often, there are obstacles in the way, lowering urgency. This webinar describes how to identify obstacles and start the removal process. This webinar builds on the concepts and practices from Mark’s recent book, Farming Church.



Moving from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset as a Leader

January 18 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Ircel Harrison, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Limitations or possibilities?  How do these influence your work as a leader?  Consider strategies to change your approach.

Resource: Dweck, MINDSET



Making the Shift in Youth Ministry - An Introduction 
January 23 - 10AM, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
How are Christians and congregations responding to the shifts around us? Is your ministry with adolescents making the shift from membership to discipleship? From attractions to missional? From consumer culture to sacred partnering? Discover through this learning experience how we can lead our congregations toward optimistic, proactive, Christ-focused, and healthy responses to our changing world.


Slow Church in a Fast World - Seeking Sabbath, Simplicity, and True Belonging
January 24 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
We live in a world of break-neck speed! We want our internet fast, our news fast, our food fast, and more. What about church? Have congregations taken on the tempo of our fast food culture? How can we slow down enough to hear God’s voice, cultivate deep relationships, and reimagine church in our changing context? Slow down enough to join this webinar and begin the conversation!



Raising Urgency For Adaptive Change In Your Congregation

January 24 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
We are often asked how to raise urgency in congregations. This webinar focuses on two particular aspect of urgency raising:

  • The relationship of institutional concerns and urgency
  • Key practices for cultivating urgency

This webinar builds on the concepts and practices from Mark’s recent book, Farming Church.



Carving a Place at the Table for Ordained Women
January 25 - 10 AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Debra Griffis-Woodberry, Presenter
Tuition $20 
Women in Ordained Ministry continue to face a reality that is nuanced differently from male colleagues. Join this webinar to identify current issues, develop strategies to navigate in one’s particular setting, and learn of resources for support. Women who are new in ministry and those with decades of experience will benefit from this presentation and discussion.



Youth Ministry Can Change the Church - If We’ll Let It!
January 30 - 10AM, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
This webinar is not just for youth ministers. It is also, and especially, for lead pastors or any other lay or clergy leaders who are interested is the future of their churches! Youth and campus ministry can function as a learning lab or test kitchen for what the Spirit is inviting the church to do and be in the future. Join this webinar and let youth ministry lead us…



How to Design Holy Experiments in Your Congregation and Community
January 31 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
A primary task of Christian leadership in our changing world involves facilitating holy experiments that help God’s people discover and join God’s mission in the world. Holy experiments often occur at the intersection of our changing context and our rich traditions, as the Holy Spirit helps us to discern where and how God is working in our congregation and in our world. Learn the basics of developing and implementing holy experiments in this one-session webinar. 



Making Church Staff Meetings Significant And Productive

January 31 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Participants will see an agenda for church staff meetings which facilitates progress. Those who decide to use this model consistently will experience greater investment in staff meetings, along with greater outcomes. Participants will also receive our model for coaching staff. Learn Pinnacle’s model in this informative webinar.



How to Create a Personal or Communal Rule of Life
February 6 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
A rule of life provides a framework for the life of faith. Rules of life have helped Christians, from St. Benedict to 21st century “new monastics,” more faithfully and intentionally follow Jesus together. This webinar will provide an introduction to rules of life and will offer resources and guidance for developing a personal, family, or community rule of life. 



Living the Faith Journey Designed for Laity and Clergy

Spiritual Enrichment Class

Every Tuesday in February 7 PM Eastern

Debra Griffis-Woodberry, Presenter

Tuition $60 (or $180 includes additional individual coaching sessions)
Living into our Baptism and being formed by Christ continues in each season of life. Drawing upon the insights of Richard Rohr and others, participants will consider how one conjoins God and self. Each session will offer a centering moment and prayer.
February 6 Session One
February 13 Session Two
February 20 Session Three
February 27 Session Four



What Can 21st Century Church Leaders Learn from the 1st Century Didache?

February 7 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20

The Didache - a 1st century church manual - might be the most important book many church leaders have never read. This webinar will introduce participants to the Didache and will explore what it has to teach 21st century disciples about life, liturgy, and leadership. 



Assessing Your Congregation’s Readiness For Change
February 7 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
How ready is your congregation for significant change? Where is guidance for answering this question? This webinar will describe what signs are present when a congregation’s readiness factor is high, as well as when it is low. The Readiness Inventory in Farming Church will also be described as a resource. Don’t make the classic congregational leadership mistake of launching change too soon. First assess the growing environment (congregation) for change readiness.



Disciple Development Coaching Offered Online 
Ircel Harrison, Disciple Development Coaching Trainer
February 8 - April 19, 11AM Eastern, Thursdays, 1 Hour Each Class

Tuition - $600, includes all materials. $50 deposit to reserve a spot
Disciple Development Coaching © is Pinnacle's unique approach to coaching designed to train clergy, church staff, and laity to coach individuals and teams within the congregation. The focus of Disciple Development Coaching is to equip disciples to maximize their gifts and live out their faith fully and effectively. The Foundational Disciple Development Coach Training will be provided in an online format by webinar over ten weeks beginning February 8, 2018. For more information, contact Ircel Harrison at ircelh@pinnlead.com or call 615.423.8223.



Looking Back; Looking Around; Looking Ahead:
Three Spiritual Disciplines For Congregational Healing

February 9 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Doug Cushing, Presenter

Tuition - $20
This webinar will walk participants through three non-traditional, yet essential, corporate spiritual practices that can bring healing and new life for congregations who have experienced serious conflict. The three corporate spiritual disciplines are:

  • Looking Back – the focus will be on processing leftover emotions; explore lessons learned and discussing where and how God has been discovered within congregational conflict.
  • Looking Around – discussion will center on such questions as: “What congregational strengths and passions have emerged during the conflict? “What is God’s new vocation for us?
  • Looking Ahead – Discussion will focus on such questions as: What are our primary congregational assets?; What can we, as a church, do well? What does our community need? What will be our priorities?

This interactive webinar consists of group activities and exercises to help facilitate healing and discover new congregational identity and mission. Ideal for pastors, church staffs and lay leadership teams who desire to move through conflict and discover God’s new chapter for their shared life.



Centralize and De-Centralize Ministry in a New Church:
Keys to Effectively Launching Your New Church & Saving Your Sanity

February 16 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour
Doug Cushing, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Planting vital, self-sustaining new churches can be overwhelming. Strategic planning, prior to launching, is essential. This webinar will explore how to structure your new church in a way that will avoid landmines; prepare for growth and reduce the stress upon the church planter and leadership team. The key to strategic planning is knowing which aspects of the new church need to be centralized and what parts need to be de-centralized. The focus will be put on how to centralize and align the mission; vision statement and core habits and how to de-centralize mission, fellowship, discipleship and congregational care. 



Which Millennials Are You Trying to Reach?

February 20 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Much recent writing laments the inability of traditional churches to connect with Millennials. But who are these nebulous Millennials? They cannot be painted with a wide brush. There is much diversity within this generation, as with any other generation. This webinar explores the broad characteristics of Millennials, the diverse ways that this generation relates to faith and institutional religion, and the approaches churches might take to connect with them.



Are You a Manager or a Leader?

February 22  10AM Easter - One Hour

Ircel Harrison, Presenter

Tuition - $20
When you work with others, are you more of a manager or a leader?  Do you know the difference?  Learn how to be more effective as you work with others by adopting the appropriate style.



The Tenzing Norgay Factor:
Four Leadership Lessons to Help You Reach the Mountaintop of Church Planting

February 23 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Doug Cushing, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Doug Cushing is a successful Church Planter, having planted vital, growing new churches in North and South Carolina. In this webinar, Doug shares four valuable church planting lessons he has learned from his mistakes. Based on his book: Where There’s No Road At All: Adventures in Church Planting, Doug discusses these practical, timeless suggestons for church planters.
a. Be Faithful. Don’t Be Successful
b. Be A Distance Runner. Don’t Be a Sprinter
c. Be Empowering. Don’t Be a Manager
d. The Problem’s Not Out There. The Problem’s In Here



Making the Shift in Youth Ministry - An Introduction 

February 27 - 10AM, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
How are Christians and congregations responding to the shifts around us? Is your ministry with adolescents making the shift from membership to discipleship? From attractions to missional? From consumer culture to sacred partnering? Discover through this learning experience how we can lead our congregations toward optimistic, proactive, Christ-focused, and healthy responses to our changing world.



How to Design Holy Experiments in Your Congregation and Community
February 28 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
A primary task of Christian leadership in our changing world involves facilitating holy experiments that help God’s people discover and join God’s mission in the world. Holy experiments often occur at the intersection of our changing context and our rich traditions, as the Holy Spirit helps us to discern where and how God is working in our congregation and in our world. Learn the basics of developing and implementing holy experiments in this one-session webinar


Thriving Through Ministry Conflict:
Making Adaptive, Internal Changes

March 2 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour
Doug Cushing, Presenter

Tuition - $20
The struggles and conflicts pastors have in ministry have way more to do with them than with any church member. So resolution occurs through internal change. This webinar will address how internal adaptive change will lead to new way of thinking, perceiving and only, then, behaving. The webinar will discuss how to avoid the emotional ‘red zones’ of reactivity and stay in the emotional blue zones where adaptive change happens and conflicted relationships are positively transformed. Additionally, you will learn how you meet the same person over and over in conflicts and how congregational resistance can be your ally



Awakening the Leader Within

March 6 - 10 AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Debra Griffis-Woodberry, Presenter

Tuition $20 
Leadership has no “one style fits all” model. Discover your strengths and best approaches to leadership. Identify strategies to leverage your strengths to be an effective leader.



Millennials and Spirituality - What Your Church Needs to Know

March 6 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Despite the myriad of blog posts and articles claiming otherwise, many within the Millennial generation have deep spiritual commitments and sensibilities. While fewer young adults across America are connecting with traditional religious institutions, they are engaging their faith in a variety of meaningful ways. This webinar explores recent studies about the role of faith and spirituality among Millennials and what churches can learn from them.



Missionally- Focused Visioning In Your Congregation
March 7 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
More congregations want to become missional churches. Yet, the history of our visioning and strategic planning is focused internally rather on God’s movement in the world. This webinar describes the process of missionally-focused visioning, equipping participants with actionable activities forrefocusing visioning.



Identifying the Spiritual Vitality of the Small Church in the 21st Century
March 13 - 10 AM, 1 Hour

Debra Griffis-Woodberry, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Churches with small attendance present blessings and challenges. Join this webinar as we name the positive aspects of a small congregation, identify the challenges, and explore the topic of viability.



Cultivating Effective Lay Leadership In Your Congregation

March 14 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
From lay leaders and clergy alike, we frequently hear a desire to equip lay leaders to serve more effectively in their leadership roles. No longer can we approach this concern as peripheral, given the challenges of being church in the 21st century. This webinar lays out effective practices for clergy and church staff who want to invest in equipping the laity in their congregations to elevate their leadership.


How to Approach Wicked Problems in Your Congregation and Community

March 14 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Some problems within congregations and their communities are so complex that technical, straight-forward solutions are impossible. Adaptive change theory helps us understand and proactively approach these wicked problems. This webinar offers insight into identifying and addressing wicked problems in faith-full and hope-full ways.

 


How to Design Holy Experiments in Your Congregation and Community
March 20 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
A primary task of Christian leadership in our changing world involves facilitating holy experiments that help God’s people discover and join God’s mission in the world. Holy experiments often occur at the intersection of our changing context and our rich traditions, as the Holy Spirit helps us to discern where and how God is working in our congregation and in our world. Learn the basics of developing and implementing holy experiments in this one-session webinar. 



Faith Change Agent Pastors And Staff

March 21 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Since the greatest need of the Church at this point in time is deep healthy change, pastors need a new leadership paradigm to shape their leadership efforts. Mark Tidsworth will describe how Faith Change Agent clergy and church staff function, describing how to grow into this role for leading the 21st century church.



From the Dance Floor to the Balcony: How to Expand Your Leadership Perspective

March 28 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Adaptive change theorists Heifetz and Linsky offer a metaphor for the perspective organizational leaders must seek: the dance floor and the balcony. Church leaders, in their own particular ways, must bridge both of these perspectives. The webinar invites leaders to see the value of intentionally spending time on both the dance floor and balcony in their ministry settings. 



Introduction To Making The Shift In Congregations

March 28 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $0
Many churches and denominations have used the Making The Shift Process in order to adapt themselves to faithful and effective functioning. This webinar describes the essence of Shift, along with a description of the accompanying process. Participants can ask questions and hear examples of how this MTS Process is being used. Based on Mark Tidsworth’s book, Shift: Three Big Moves For The 21st Century Church from Pinnacle Leadership Press.



Making the Shift in Youth Ministry - An Introduction 
April 4- 10AM, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
How are Christians and congregations responding to the shifts around us? Is your ministry with adolescents making the shift from membership to discipleship? From attractions to missional? From consumer culture to sacred partnering? Discover through this learning experience how we can lead our congregations toward optimistic, proactive, Christ-focused, and healthy responses to our changing world.
 


Doing Deep Work In A Distracted World: A Professional Development Course For Professionals

Wednesdays, 11AM, 1 Hour

April 11-May 9

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $90
Based on the excellent book by Cal Newport, Deep Work, published in 2016. Participants need a copy of the book before the course begins.
Deep Work = First Priority. Professional activities resulting in high value and impact, giving focused and significant effort to depth oriented work.
Shallow Work = Second Priority. Logistical and routine professional activities requiring less focus and attention.
Many of us work in information and content-oriented professions, requiring significant concentration to generate quality and valuable results. Others work as leaders or project managers who are required to engage in quality thinking to accomplish their agendas. Pastors, teachers, presenters, authors, and others regularly need to apply their best efforts to generating significant and meaningful work. The challenge is the distracted and fragmented work environment in which we live. Multi-tasking rather than deep concentration is the norm. In this environment, those who can develop the discipline and skills to engage deep work will grow in respect for themselves while generating excellent vocational contributions to this fragmented world. In this course participants will:

  • Learn the value of Deep Work and how to recognize your own
  • Learn to identify and remove the obstacles to Deep Work
  • Develop strategies for harnessing your willpower for Deep Work
  • Develop strategies for maximizing your downtime to improve your uptime
  • Learn to put social media in its place; developing a coherent and effective strategy



Making the Shift in Youth Ministry - An Introduction 
April 17 - 10AM, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $0
How are Christians and congregations responding to the shifts around us? Is your ministry with adolescents making the shift from membership to discipleship? From attractions to missional? From consumer culture to sacred partnering? Discover through this learning experience how we can lead our congregations toward optimistic, proactive, Christ-focused, and healthy responses to our changing world.



Effectively Leading a Staff Meeting

April 19 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
Ircel Harrison, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Are you responsible for leading staff meetings? How can you make these meetings more productive and bring out the best in participants? 


Blink, Nudge, and the Irrational Jesus - What Church Leaders Can Learn from Behavioral Economics…
April 11 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour
David Brown, Presenter

Tuition - $20



Recognizing and navigating the challenges to being the church in the 21st Century

Terrell Carter, Presenter

Tuition - $20 Each Webinar, or $70 for all 4

Through the exploration of challenges faced by the early church, these webinars will identify frequent challenges that congregations face and solutions for navigating them. 



Recognizing the Challenges to Being the Church in the 21st Century (Acts 1:12-14)

May 3 - 9am Eastern, 1 Hour
Navigating the Challenges of Being the Church in the 21st Century (Acts 1:12-14)

May 10 - 9am Eastern, 1 Hour
Rising Above the Challenges of Being Church in the 21st Century (Acts 4:32-35)

May 17 - 9am Eastern, 1 Hour
Serving Together as the Church in the 21st Century (I Corinthians 12:12-31)

May 24 - 9am Eastern, 1 Hour
 


Key Practices For Cultivating Trust In Your Congregation

May 16 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
When it comes to leading deep change, sufficient trust between pastor, staff, lay leadership, and the congregation must be present. Leaders who initiate change without sufficient trust in place are often seeking another call. This webinar describes

  • How to recognize when sufficient trust is present
  • The 7 key practices of congregational leaders for cultivating trust

This webinar is based on Mark Tidsworth’s book Farming Church: Cultivating Adaptive Change In Congregations.



Developing A Church Staff Covenant

May 17 - 10AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Ircel Harrison, Presenter

Tuition - $20


Shifting From Attractional To Missional Church

May 23 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Remember when many people who were not part of a church were considering getting involved? Well, now churches who rely on Christian culture to send them a steady stream of participants continue to decline. This webinar will briefly deconstruct the Attrational Model Church while more importantly describing the Missional Church Movement along with how to move your congregation toward missional. This webinar is based on Mark Tidsworth’s book Shift: Three Big Moves For The 21st Century Church.



Shifting From Member to Disciple Identity

May 30 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
Remember when being a member of an organization was popular; culturally reinforced? Remember when being a member of a church included participating at high levels? The demise of membership culture raises significant questions and concerns for churches. In this context, more churches are rediscovering their identity as disciples of Jesus Christ, rather than only church members. This webinar describes this hope-filled, life-giving shift, along with ways to encourage disciple identity formation in your congregation. This webinar is based on Mark Tidsworth’s book Shift: Three Big Moves For The 21st Century Church.



The 5 Functionalities Of Highly Effective Teams

June 6 - 11AM Eastern, 1 Hour

Mark Tidsworth, Presenter

Tuition - $20
The blessing and curse of serving in congregations is that nearly everything is accomplished through team working. Over the years, Pinnacle has developed excellent training for church staffs on making the most of the team working opportunity. This webinar describes the 5 practices of highly effective teams in congregational settings. Church staffs may want to participate together in this webinar, along with anyone else in harnessing the power of team working.