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

Rev. Monica Jefferson, senior pastor at St. Andrew UMC in Florissant, and Rev. Tracey Wolff, pastor at North Hills UMC in St. Louis, will lead our conversation. 

Together they will share stewardship best practices, tips, and tools that they're using at St. Andrew and North Hills individually and as a cooperative parish.

August 21

Why and how to change the world through social entrepreneurship

Rev. Brad Aycock and Dave Warner will lead our conversation.

Brad Aycock is the Director of New Church Development for the West Ohio Conference. He is a Missouri native, growing up in the Bootheel. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University (playing baseball there) with a degree in Biology. Brad started two businesses, later selling them to enter seminary and vocational ministry. He served at La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau and First UMC in Sikeston before moving to Ohio in late 2015 to launch this newly created position. Brad is married with two boys.

Dave Warner is the pastor of Engage Newark Church and founding Director of Little Arrows Play Cafe in Newark, Ohio.  With as strong belief in relational discipleship, the team at Little Arrows has met and begun a journey with hundreds of families in the region.  Dave enjoys coaching, sports, music, vegetable gardening and spending time with his wife and two daughters. 

September 18

Breakthrough Prayer: Why and how breakthrough prayer can impact your church

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey will present and Rev. Jason Wellman lead our discussion.

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey is an ordained United Methodist elder who serves as the Director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) for the West Ohio Conference, a comprehensive 360-degree training and coaching effort that assists congregations and their pastors to jump-start a new life cycle of fruitfulness. Kibbey served as executive pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio for 10 years, where she teamed with Pastor Mike Slaughter to create and deploy the vision of the church as well as provide oversight of the staff and all discipleship/mission initiatives. Sue is also the creator of the Ministry by Strengths program, which helps leaders connect into individualized areas of ministry service passion, and is an adjunct professor for ministry leadership at United Theological Seminary. She is a speaker, trainer, consultant and coach across the country. Rev.

Jason Wellman is the senior pastor at Scioto Ridge UMC in Hilliard, Ohio.

October 16

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

Luke Edwards will lead our conversation.

Edwards is the Pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions and the newest campus of Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, NC. King Street Church currently has fresh expressions meeting in bars, coffee shops, the local homeless shelter, and the county jail. Luke is also the Fresh Expressions Coordinator for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (WNCC). Luke is a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. His life and ministry are dedicated to folks on the margins who have been excluded from the church. He enjoys writing about his wild little church, fresh expressions, and the future of the American Church.

November 20

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

Rev. F. Willis Johnson will lead our conversation.

A third-generation educator, Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson is a spiritual entrepreneur and elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Johnson formerly served as senior minister of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, a predominately African-American intergenerational urban parachute church plant. 

Rev. Dr. Johnson is respected for his leadership and strategies around social and racial justice issues.  Recognized as a scholar-practitioner, Johnson authored Holding up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community, and is a sought after thought-leader who empowers individuals and communities towards prophetic response—healing, justice and reconciliation. 

December 18


Why and how to lead forward

Rev. Jason Byassee will lead our discussion.

Rev. Byassee is the inaugural holder of the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. His primary vocation is to reinvigorate today’s church with the best of ancient and contemporary wisdom for creatively faithful living. He is the author of 13 books, , including Trinity: The God We Don’t Know.

He was previously senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, North Carolina. There he directed eight other pastoral staff members and pastored a congregation of 1,500 from five worshiping communities.