Every third Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. CST

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 (all third Tuesdays of each month):


January 16

Experiencing Transformational Community in a Band: Why and how to lead someone to follow Christ for the first time and rediscover relational discipleship in transformation community via The Band Meeting

Kevin Watson and Scott Kisker, authors of The Band Meeting, will present.

February 20

Why and how to create a Ministry Action Plan for breakthrough in your ministry 

Rev. Nathan Stanton is the Director of Congregational Excellence for the Great Plains Annual Conference

March 20

Exponential: Why and how to multiply your ministry

Rev. Dr. Ken Nash is the lead pastor of Wesleyan Church of Hamburg in Hamburg, New York. He formerly served as teaching pastor and multisite director at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, Michigan.

April 17

Discipleship: Why and how to create a discipleship pathway for your church with Mike Schreiner

Mike Schreiner started at Morning Star UMC in 1999 as
a new church out of SunRise UMC in O’Fallon. Morning Star has been the fastest growing church in the Missouri Conference, and is also
the largest, with an average weekly worship attendance of more than 2,000. Schreiner’s new book, co-authored with Ken Willard, is Stride: Creating a Pathway of
Discipleship for Your Church

May 15

Why and how to start a new worship service with Brad Kalajainen of Cornerstone UMC.

Brad Kalajainen is the founding and lead pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Grand Rapids. MI. Cornerstone began as a church plant 26 years ago. Cornerstone is now a multisite church of three campuses with a projection of more in the next few years. Brad coaches, consults, and speaks on a variety of planting, leadership, growth, and multisite ministry related topics. Brad is married to Colleen, and has two grown children.

June 19

Why and how to start a new small group with Angie McNeil and Robyn Miller of Woods Chapel UMC

Angie McNeil is the Small Groups Pastor at Woods Chapel. Robyn Miller is the Lead Pastor at Woods Chapel.

July 17

Narrative Budgeting: Why and how to do narrative budgeting to tell your church’s story

Our discussion will be centered on the book A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen.

August 21

Why and how to change the world through social entrepreneurship

Our discussion will center on the book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein.

September 18

Why and how to influence for behavioral change

Our discussion will center on the book Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph Grenny,‎ Kerry Patterson,‎ David Maxfield,‎ Ron McMillan,‎ Al Switzler.

October 16

Innovative Mission: Why and how to innovate mission through Fresh Expressions of the Church

Our discussion will center on the book From the Steeple to the Street by Travis Collins.

November 20

Let's Talk About It: Why and how to have crucial conversations in your church and community

Our discussion will center on the book Holding up Your Corner by Willis Johnson.

December 18

Why and how to lead forward

Our discussion will center on the books Spiritual Leadership by Tom Bandy and Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute.