NExT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - Training for Church Startups

For those interested in leading a startup ministry - pastors, ministry staff, ministry students, and highly involved lay people.

NEXT Leadership Academy 2019 from North Georgia Conference on Vimeo.



     1.    Gain on-site inspiration from practitioners in startup churches and ministries.
     2.    Gain exposure to the ten essentials which make for a successful startup. 
     3.    Make new ministry friends as you learn and dream together.
     4.    Discern and clarify God’s call regarding startup ministries.  
     5.    Write a startup plan for a new ministry and present it to potential partners. 


Ten Essentials for Successful Start-ups:
     1. Call
     2. Vision
     3. Launch 
     4. People
     5. Funding
     6. Preaching
     7. Leadership
     8. Family
     9. Staffing
   10. Systems


When: August 2019 – May 2020: Begin with the overnight Kick-Start Retreat in Augusta, GA where we will visit three startups and set the foundation for the next nine sessions together.  Meet each month at a unique startup ministry site located in the North Georgia Conference.  Gain practical training in startup systems and competencies from David Walters while also benefiting from the knowledge and experience of the on-site ministry teams. 


NEXT Leadership Academy Schedule

August 26-27: Beginning Retreat in Augusta: Quest, Mosaic, Wesley West

Sept. 23: The Vine UMC (Multisite Church)

October 28: Mt. Pisgah (Fresh Expressions)

Nov 18:  Eastside UMC

​Dec. 9: The Nett

Jan. 27:  Alpharetta First UMC

Feb. 24: 12 Stone and Sugarloaf UMC

March 23: Impact Church

April 27- Neighborhood Church

Cost and Registration:   $75 (includes key books and Augusta hotel)

Click here to register


Read about what Covington First UMC has to say about the NExT Leadership Academy and how it is helping their church!   
Their story was posted in the NGUMC e-newsletter re: Vision dated October 24, 2017.