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).


Looking for past webinars? Visit the Learn + Lead Archive


February 19

How to Start a Recovery Ministry

A recovery ministry is a group of any size that helps people recover from addictions, such as Celebrate Recovery or another Christian 12-step approach. Revs. Shane Laswell and Keith Scarborough will share about the successful Celebrate Recovery ministry at Morning Star Church and how your church can step into the realm of recovery ministry.

Rev. Keith Scarborough is the Care and Recovery Pastor at Morning Star Church in O'Fallon, Missouri. Rev. Shane Laswell is the Pastor of Recovery at Morning Star Church in O'Fallon.

March 19

Missional Community 101

A missional community is an ongoing group of any size outside the walls of a church that offers the good news of Jesus Christ to unchurched people in a neighborhood or community around a specific need or interest without the expectation that people will come to a church building.

Rev. Brandon Wrencher will share about The Good Neighbor Movement, a movement that returns to a vision of the local church as networks of small covenant communities that follow Jesus’ way of life in the neighborhood, and what your church needs to start its own missional communities.

Wrencher is a provisional elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

April 16

Starting a New Worship Service

A new worship service is a group of 15 or more that meets at least twice monthly to experience the Living God and reach persons not currently involved in a worshiping community. Jason Moore will share how your church can start a new worship service.

An award winning digital artist, Jason continues to establish new styles for visual imagery in worship that he hopes will help the church reach the culture we live in. Known for his pioneering work in digital images for worship, he has devoted the last fourteen years to developing professional, highly emotive graphics, animation and video that are being emulated in churches throughout the country. 

May 21

Churches Planting Churches 

Troy McMahon, his wife and group of 25 people from the Chicago area moved to Kansas City in 2007. They launched Restore Church in March of 2008. It now runs about 1,000 in attendance between two sites. They are planning to launch a third site in March 2019. In total, this Restore Church has planted 44 churches/multisites in the past 10 years—39 of them are still in existence. For reference, the Missouri Conference has started 42 in the same time frame and 32 of them continue today.  

June 18


How to Start a New Church or Multisite

Bishop Robert Farr shares how to start a new church or multisite.

Robert Farr serves as Bishop of the Missouri Area of The United Methodist Church. Elected by the South Central Jurisdiction in July 2016, he was assigned to the Missouri Area beginning September 2016. The Missouri Conference includes 781 local churches, approximately 1,000 retired and active clergy and 72,000+ weekly worshippers, offering ministry through local churches, colleges, campus ministries, social services and mission projects throughout the world.