New June Elective: Healthy Options in Church Multiplication

Ed Stetzer and Bob Whitesel are (pending approval) teaming up to teach an elective from June 24-28 in Nashville, Tennessee!

Healthy Options in Church Multiplication 

Ground zero for the elective will be at the LifeWay Conference Center, Nashville TN, and the course is a 3 credit hour elective.

Dates & Times:  Monday – Friday, June 24-28, 2013; 8:30 am – 5 pm. Some days we will dismiss early so we can visit growing churches in the evening.

Target Audience: This course is designed for leaders of plateaued churches, leaders involved in new church plants, churches considering a new service, denominational leaders interested in new innovations in church multiplication and anyone interested in expanding their impact of the Good News.  Students will learn about the essential steps to multiply a church’s impact through all of the following models: new church starts, multi-venue models, multi-site congregations, satellite campuses, multi-ethnic congregations, church mergers and church closures.

Cost:  The usual Wesley Seminary rates.

Location:  LifeWay Christian Resources National Headquarters, 1 Lifeway Plaza, Nashville, TN 37203

Accommodations:  As with all our courses, you are responsible for your own travel, hotel and meals.  However adjacent to the LifeWay National Headquarters is the Holiday Inn Express – Nashville Downtown, 920 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-244-0150.

Special Features:  In addition to spending personal time with Dr. Ed Stetzer and Dr. Bob Whitesel, during several evenings you will be visiting innovative and growing churches in the Nashville area.

Readings: Stetzer’s Planting Missional Churches and Viral Churches along with Whitesel’s ORGANIX and the upcoming The Healthy Church.

Format: There will be pre-course reading and an 8 page paper due on June 24 at the beginning of class.  A final 12 page paper will be due on July 19, three weeks after the one week classroom experience.

Registration & Info: Contact or call 765-319-7866

Description: Are you thinking about adding a new service?  Considering launching a new venue or a satellite campus?  Or partnering with a denomination or church to plant a new church?  I’m honored that Wesley Seminary will be offering the course PLANTING FOR A CHURCH’S FUTURE: Healthy Options in Church Multiplication w/ Ed Stetzer Ph.D. & Bob Whitesel Ph.D. at the LifeWay Conference Center, Nashville TN, June 24 – 28, 2013.  As you may know, Ed and I are too of the most actives  researchers on church multiplication. Thus, this course will investigate the major models of church planting (multiplication) including: new church starts, multi-venue churches, multi-site congregations, satellite campuses, multi-ethnic congregations, church mergers and church closures.  If you, your church, or denomination wants to multiply its Good News impact, this course may be the most comprehensive and practical course on church multiplication you have ever taken. Email or call 765-319-7866 for more info.

I hope you can join me.  Accommodations are available right next door to the LifeWay site at the Holiday Inn Express, and we will be taking excursions to local Nashville churches who are multiplying their impact through innovative methods (they also have some very awesome worship musicians 😉  Join Ed and I as we look at the future of church multiplication in multiplying venues, campuses, new churches, etc.   – Bob

Course Objectives:

  • Students will be able to asses their ministry, denominational network or congregational potential for health and growth through the lenses of emerging and effective church multiplication models and examples.
  • Students will explore the suitability of various church multiplication strategies such as: church planting, multi-venue models, multi-site congregations, satellite campuses, multi-ethnic congregations, church mergers and church closures.
  • Students will research and draw up a tactical plan to implement the model that they deem best suited to enhance their ministry health and their Great Commission impact.
  • Students will create a measurement tool to determine progress toward their goal of increasing ministry health and Great Commission impact.