NExT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - Training for Church Startups

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

     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

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

Contacts:  Ben Cathey - 678-462-5642, Shannon Karafanda - 404-452-2677, or David Walters -

Register:   NExT Leadership Academy-Training for Church Startups

When: August 2018 – May 2019 with follow-up year. 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 the 2nd Monday of each month at a unique startup ministry site located in the North Georgia Conference.  Gain practical training in startup systems and competencies from Ben Cathey, Shannon Karafanda, and David Walters while also benefiting from the knowledge and experience of the on-site ministry teams.  

2018-2019 NEXT Leadership Academy Schedule

  •  August 27-28: Beginning Retreat in Augusta: Quest, Mosaic, Wesley West
  • Sept. 24: The Vine UMC
  • October 15: Rachel Gilmore (Epicenter Group ) will be facilitating. Location TBD
  • Nov 12:  Eastside UMC
  • ​Dec. 10: Harvest Point UMC
  • Jan. 14:  Impact
  • Feb. 11: Sugarloaf UMC and 12 Stone
  • March 25: The Nett 
  • April: Date TBD.  North Decatur UMC - Path One The First 12.
  • ​May: Final Assessments

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.