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The ORIGINAL SERIES is all about the objects, symbols and terms we often hear in church. Take a couple of minutes each week and have some fun while you learn from Chuck. Each week a different video is released on YouTube and announced on the Chuck Knows Church Facebook page. There are currently more than 90 episodes available on a variety of topics with more being produced. Each episode is approximately 2-5 minutes.



Church Council What's My Role?

The church council or leadership team will discover important support resources for building and overseeing a comprehensive plan for ministry and discipleship. Additional resources for discerning the feasibility of using a single-board leadership model, conducting community assessments, and evaluating decision-making practices are included.

Presenter: Jacqui King

Duration: 1 hour

Ministry Leadership Models (N.O.W.) 2018

Date Recorded: November 5, 2018
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

How can leaders build a ministry team to address the concerns and conditions of people in the congregation and community so that people grow in their spiritual life and live as Christian disciples? Gain insights about ministry models that can help leaders to evaluate, plan and implement new ways of moving forward with fulfilling its mission of transformative disciple-making.

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For the Small Membership Church:

Small-Membership Congregations (Part I) - Focus on being effective

Date Recorded: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Duration: 60 min.
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

How can leaders "See All the People" in your community? Build ministry teams to address the concerns and needs of the community while growing disciples. Gain insights about ministry models that can help leaders evaluate, plan and implement new ways of moving forward with fulfilling the church's mission of transformative disciple-making.

Small-Membership Congregations (Part II) - Nurture Outreach Witness (NOW) Model

Date Recorded: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Duration: 60 min.
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Small vital congregations are growing through missional outreach and nurturing people. How does the N.O.W. ministry model work in your congregation? This webinar shares "vitality on the journey" from the lens of helping congregational leaders walk through the steps of making changes to increase missional-focused outreach.



Inter-generational Approaches for Stewardship

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Tanya Eustace and Rev. Rosanna Anderson

Duration: 54 min.

The Church Audit: You Can Do This!

Presenter: Ken Sloane

Duration: 76 min.

Stewardship & Finance: Getting it Right at the Starting Line

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2019
Time: 6:30PM, Central Standard Times
Duration: 120 min.
Presenter: Ken Sloane

We start each new year with this webinar focused on the new member of the stewardship team, finance committee, or church council - those who are looking to get started strong right from the first week! Bathe your work in prayer. Remember, you are not alone; there are places to find help!

Generosity Now: Doing Stewardship in a New Way

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 6:30PM, CDT
Presenter: Ken Sloane

We are living in a new day, a new landscape when it comes to giving and funding ministry. Churches that are holding tight to older models of funding ministry and facing frustration and despair. Some churches are finding new approaches to promoting and supporting the mission and ministry of their congregation, and some are putting their energy into growing generous disciples. Join Ken Sloane, Director of Generosity as we look with new eyes at funding the church's mission today.

Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 1 hr 5 min.
Presenter: The Rev. Rosanna Anderson, Associate Director of Stewardship Ministries and the Rev. Rosario Picardo, author of Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes

Are you looking for new ways to financially support your church's ministry? Rosanna Anderson is joined by the Rev. Rosario Picardo, a church planter who serves as executive pastor of New Church Development at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. He will share ideas from his book published by Abingdon in 2016. Pastors and leaders in stewardship and finance will engage in questions to prompt creative thinking and hear about innovative methods that are working in different contexts. You may discover resources and potential that can bear fruit when placed in the Lord's hands. 

Webinar Resource: Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes Participant Handbook (PDF)

Clergy Taxes: Keep All You Can!

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 10:00AM, CST
Duration: 120 min.
Presenter: Ken Sloane

Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. Your corner tax preparer may not understand the unique situation of clergy and finding one who does can save you substantially in money and aggravation. Join us as the Rev. Don Joiner, a certified financial planner, helps us navigate the preparation of taxes and planning for a sound financial future.

Webinar Handouts (PDF)
Clergy Tax Q&A (PDF)

Clergy Taxes
Church Employee Taxes


Local Church Lay Leaders to Annual Conference: What's My Job?

Date Recorded: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 60 min.
Presenter: Jody Cataldo, Director of Laity in Leadership

Lay leaders and lay members to annual conference who engage in mission and ministry as part of a disciple-making movement have significant impact on the vitality of the local church as they partner together with their clergy leadership. Join Jodi Cataldo, Discipleship Ministries' Director of Laity in Leadership, in a discussion around these roles in relationship to the overall mission of the church.

Leadership Development - Developing New Leaders

Date Recorded: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Duration: 60 min.
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Is your community changing? Who are your new leaders? How does community transformation shape contextual ministry in your area? Is building key relationships within the community challenging? What show the focus be, and where should the church begin to develop its outreach mission? This webinar will explore general community information to help congregational leaders gain a greater understanding of needs, challenges, discipleship practices and ministry opportunities.

Leadership Development - Evaluating Ministry Leaders & Building New Leadership Teams

Date Recorded: October 9, 2018
Duration: 60 min.
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Was the year so full of planning that you missed time for reflective thinking and Sabbath? How should your leaders evaluate, prepare, pray and develop ministry action plans for the upcoming year? Focusing on building and transforming small groups, this webinar will share insights about moving forward with implementing healthy annual learning schedules that promote increasing spiritual practices to support leadership development, small groups, and community mission experiences. 

Leadership Development - Get into Action

Date Recorded: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 60 min.
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

The new year brings additional ideas to the church. What kind of leaders are needed to develop and implement new ministries to reach new people? How does your congregation serve God together to meet unfulfilled missional needs? This webinar will share ideas on developing ministry plans, creating common calendars, developing leadership groups, and expanding small groups.

Leadership Transition: Pastoral and Key Leadership Changes

When leadership change happens, both laity and clergy must be prepared to manage the transition process. As the SPRC chairperson, you are preparing to share the news of a pastoral change.  At the same time, the pastor and church council chairperson may be identifying new leaders to help move the church forward while they are developing people to complete unexpired terms. This webinar will help all leaders gain insights about praying for the pastor, leaders and the congregation as they transition into a new leadership season.  This webinar will also help participants develop ministry actions plans and identify dates when the congregation can bid farewell and embrace new leadership in healthy ways.

Presenters: Jacqui King

Duration: 60 min.

Leadership Development - Celebrating Leaders

Date Recorded: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Duration: 60 min.
Presenter: Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Praying through the Christian Year is a gift! As new people from different cultures and ethnic groups connect within our congregations, celebrating community and spiritual practices is important. This webinar shares ways to use Discipleship Ministries' resources during the year to help increase communication and prayer lives in our congregations.

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SPRC, What's My Role?

Understanding the roles and ongoing responsibilities of staff parish relations committee (SPRC) is crucial for creating a healthy work place for all staff. Since building effective and vital ministries is our focus, this webinar explores strategies for goal setting,  practices for increasing staff accountability to your congregation’s goals, benefit recommendations, and ideas on promoting positive relationship development.

Presenter: Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Duration: 58 minutes

SPRC, Our Pastor Is Moving, Next Steps?

As the chair of the SPRC committee, you are preparing to share the news of a pastoral change. The SPRC team wants to know the next steps beyond sharing the initial announcement. This webinar will help leaders to gain insights about praying for their pastor, their family and the congregation. Also, developing leadership plans for preparing your congregation to bid farewell and embrace pastoral leadership in healthy ways.

Presenter: Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality

Duration: 59 min.



Trustees Manage for Ministry

Trustees Committee is elected by their congregation to lead in the stewardship of property. Participating in this webinar will help provide Trustees with key tools on managing current and future property. This administrative leadership role involves managing property, assets, and implementing new ideas for effective property utilization. Whether you are a new trustee or a continuing trustee, the start of the calendar year is a good time to look at the big picture of your responsibility.

Presenter: Jacqui King and Steve Lambert

Duration: 52 min.



The United Methodist Way

This webinar is designed for staff and volunteer leaders who have responsibility for planning classes, small groups, and Bible studies. Join our guest Tom Albin, Dean of The Upper Room and Ecumenical Relations, as he shares what the United Methodist Way is.

Presenters: Carol Krau and Tom Albin

Duration: 65 min.

What is a Methodist?

This webinar is intended primarily for United Methodist laity and clergy leaders in the U.S.A. and will look at historic Methodist practices as a basis for future direction. We explore John Wesley’s definition of a Methodist found in his brief tract “Advice to the People Called Methodists”

Presenter: Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership

Duration: 62 min.

Thoughts on Wesleyan Leadership

John Wesley said “By Methodists I mean, a people who profess to pursue (in whatsoever measure they have attained) holiness of heart and life.” In this webinar, we will explore the implications of this for missional leadership today.

Presenter: Steve Manskar

Welcoming Ministry 100

How do you welcome visitors to your church? Learn how to lead your church in establishing a dynamic ministry of welcoming and radical hospitality:

  • Interpret what it means to be a welcoming congregation
  • Learn to build a team for welcoming ministry
  • Assess your congregation’s welcoming strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify your church in the local community

Cost: $29.00

Remaining 2016 Course Dates:

  • September 7 - October 19, 2016 - [Registration open Aug. 19 - Oct.18, 2016]
  • November 2 - December 14, 2016 - [Registration open Oct. 3 - Dec. 13, 2016]

A limited number of virtual seats are available for this course and are first come, first serve. Seats will no longer be available after the course is full or once the course begins.

Preparing and Empowering Prayer Warriors
Journey to Discipleship



World Council of Churches, Evangelism Webinars

 These North American events are organized by the World Council of Churches, in cooperation with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and in consultation with the Canadian Council of Churches. These six webinars seek to inspire discussion and reflection on key aspects of mission and evangelism in contemporary settings in the U.S. and Canadian contexts. Each webinar features panelists from different Christian faith perspectives, traditions, and experience in ecumenical cooperation as they answer questions from the live audience.

Sharing Our Faith

As United Methodists, many of us are uncomfortable with the idea of sharing our faith. Have you ever taken the time to think about and narrate your own spiritual journey? This presentation will help us discover simple tools for identifying and describing our experiences of God, and how to share our faith in a spirit of love.

Presenters: Heather Heinzman Lear and Carol Krau

Duration: 55 min.

United Methodist Communications Online Training

United Methodist Communications Training also offers affordable online courses, with professional instruction available on YOUR time. We can teach you how to engage with your congregation online, reach out to seekers, and share God’s love with the latest Internet tools. We’ll share best practices for building a team for welcoming ministry. We can even help you plan a mission trip to improve the quality of life in developing countries through information and communications technology.

Register for online communication training courses for church leaders



Your Church Website: Rethinking Your New Front Door

This course will cover the basics of creating your church website. However, this course also looks at going beyond just having a church website focusing on how to effectively implement a broader online presence. By engaging your audience online first, you extend your reach beyond Sunday services and expose your audience to your message before                                                         they visit your church.

                                                    Cost: $89.99 for one year access starting at registration

Church Marketing Plan – Introduction Article (not a webinar)

The Church Marketing Plan Tool provides several templates and step-by-step instructions to help you create a custom plan that helps connect the unique church God has created you to be with the people He has called you to reach.

Overcoming Your Fear of Flying Article (not a webinar)

"Church marketing is the process of the church identifying and meeting or contributing to the spiritual, community (sense of belonging) and service needs of its neighbors and surrounding neighborhood."

Website Imagery Article (not a webinar)

It is a well-known fact that a picture is worth a thousand words, and on the Internet this is key since people stay twice as long on a webpage that has engaging photos than one that has only text. So how do you locate, tweak and add photos and graphics to your website or other Web presence to get people to linger longer on your site? And how can you share photographs online in safe and secure ways?


Human Resources 101
Employee Appraisal