New Church Leadership Academy (NCLA): Are You Called To Start a New Place for New People?

Is God calling you to be a partner in New Church Planting? 

The New Church Leadership Academy (NCLA), coordinated through the Office of Congregational Development Development, is a twelve month process designed to help pastors better discern their ministry call, and assess if planting a new United Methodist congregation might be in God’s call for their ministry future.

The NCLA is broken down into eleven modules over the course of the year and is held on the first Monday of each month, with the exception of July (no class is held). The group meets in a different new church location each month. Phil Schroeder, Director of Congregational Development is the facilitator of each session, with the teaching component conducted by other pastors in the conference, as well as some guest pastors from outside the conference.

The day begins with gathering from 9:30 to 10 a.m. The morning session covers the new church and planter. Lunch is provided. The afternoon session (1:00 – 3:00) is covers principles of planting a new church. Meetings are held one Monday a month during the school year at new church starts across North Georgia. 

Phil Schroeder
Congregational Development


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New Church Leadership Workshop

In partnership with Candler School of Theology
Starting the third class session in the 2016-2017 Academic Year