EVOLVE continuing education series designed to equip courageous leaders in the new normal


The COVID-19 pandemic means we are living in a new normal and we need new tools to reach people for Christ.

In order to help equip North Alabama church leaders for this new normal, Bishop Wallace-Padgett, the Cabinet, Ethnic Ministries, New Church and the Board of Ordained Ministry are sponsoring an online continuing education opportunity designed to provide powerful tools, information and resources to help North Alabama Conference clergy and laity courageously lead into a future we cannot yet imagine.

EVOLVE features top-notch leaders who will speak to participants through the Zoom platform. Each session will also feature breakout sessions for group discussion and connection.

Executive Director of New Church Rev. Suzanne Katschke explains, “This world-class training is entitled EVOLVE. The definition of ‘evolve’ means to move from something simple to something complex and there is no question that our world has gotten very, very complex in the last 21 weeks.”

These online learning events will be on select Tuesdays between September 15 and November 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. The sessions include the following:

  • September 15: Carey Nieuwhof: “Surveying Our New Normal”
  • September 29: Olu Brown: “Navigating Our New Normal”
  • October 20: Leonard Sweet: “Discerning Our New Normal”
  • November 10: Tony Morgan: “Strategizing Our New Normal”

Participants may register for any individual session or the entire series. Early bird registration prices are available through the end of August. Those prices are $45 per session or $160 for the entire series. On September 1 prices go up to $50 per session or $180 for all four sessions.

Participants are encouraged to register soon. Each session will be limited to 100 people. Zoom sign-on information will be provided by email to participants the day before each event.

Rev. Katschke adds, “We hope that you will join us as together we sit at the feet of some people who are on the leading edge of what’s happening in this new future we are headed toward.”

For more information and to register visit www.umcna.org/evolve.

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