Academy of Leadership & Innovation Launches 2022-2023 Season


The 9-session North Georgia Academy for Leadership & Innovation launched last week with an opening session on Pastoral Innovation for Our New Day at UMC Global Ministries headquarters. Offered by the Center for Congregational Excellence, the annual training opportunity is open to pastors, ministry staff, students, and laity interested in learning about launching new faith communities and innovative ministries. 

The purpose of the Academy is to develop a pipeline of laity and pastors who are ready to start new faith communities and serve in our changing communities with innovation and creativity. There are still spaces for two to three more participants who register in advance of the next gathering on September 27.

Over the next 8 months, the group will gain on-site inspiration from practitioners in startup churches and ministries, insights on the changing models of church innovation in our current environment, and coaching on developing a startup plan, building a team, and assembling partners. The group will travel to Exponential 2023 in February, a worldwide gathering of church innovators and planters.

Learn more about the North Georgia Academy for Leadership & Innovation at