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Many churches have assumed that they don't have the resources or numbers to reach new people and grow their congregation. But what if you don't have to have a large congregation to reach new people?

Chasing after God’s vision, congregations in the Missouri Annual Conference of all sizes, have seen a growth vision turn into creating new places for new people. In this webinar series we’ll feature pastors, church planters, and lay leaders from churches of all sizes who will share their stories of growth and provide tools that you can use in your congregation and community.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates and topics.


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September 17


How to Introduce New People to Faith in Christ

Evangelism can be intimidating. In this Learn + Lead Webinar we’re going look at the tool Alpha. The Alpha program is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and La Croix UMC hosts a weekly Alpha class on its Cape Girardeau campus. La Croix pastor Rev. Ron Watts will share about the program and how it’s helped his church introduce new people to faith in Christ.

Rev. Ron Watts is the founding pastor of La Croix UMC in southeast Missouri and chairs the Missouri Conference NextGen Team.


November 19


How to Grow Into an Emotionally Healthy Church

With the rising popularity of self-awareness tools like the Enneagram and StrengthFinders, emotional health is a hot topic. But what does it mean to be an emotionally healthy church? Drawing on the teaching of Pete Scazzero and his best-selling book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It's Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature, Revs. Angie and Curtis Olsen will share how Scazzero’s teaching transformed their church.

Revs. Angie and Curtis Olsen pastor Community UMC in Columbia, Missouri.

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