Traction Tracks

“Traction Tracks” are specific training/resourcing/coaching/implementation components developed within West Ohio’s Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI), now available in individual short courses for churches of any size and setting.  

Does your congregation need to gain a new specific aspect of traction in order to begin moving forward into renewed vitality? Consider which of these next Traction Track offerings might be right for you. *Every Traction Track involves your pastor plus a team from your church. Click on any of these links to find out more, and to register online. New Traction Tracks are launching in  2020. 


Breakthrough Prayer Initiative (one-session training)

Every new movement of church renewal always begins through prayer, asking God to bring new possibilities and hope. Learn how to lay a foundation of churchwide prayer that will move your congregation from looking down and in, to up and out!   
Requirement to attend:  Your church 's team must include your lead Pastor plus at least 5 persons who have agreed to be the implementation team for your congregation's prayer initiative afterwards.  Bring as large a team to the training event (beyond the pastor plus 5 leaders) as possible.  We have learned through the MCCI that by bringing a team to the training of 6, 10, 15 persons or more - the more likely the momentum you will have to launch when you get home!
Learn more about the Breakthrough Prayer Initiative here.
Registration links for next session below:  
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:00pm-7:00pm  -  Host Location:  Lebanon UMC (ORV district)  Register here.
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, 1:30pm-7:00pm  -  Host Location: Ironton UMC (SHV district)  Register here
  • Sunday,  March 29, 2020, 2:00p-7:00p -  Host Location:  Stillwater UMC (MIV) Register here

Cost is $75.00 per  Team (pastor plus 5 members)   $10.00 for any additional members   (includes lunch and materials)


Family Ties: Home, Church, and Community (four-session training)

Family Ties teaches churches how to rethink and intentionally change your current approach to reach and disciple new children and families at home, in church and within your local community. Connect anew with the next generation! This four-session Traction Track intentionally focuses on developing leadership skills and teaching best ministry practices while leading churches, pastors, staff and unpaid leaders in the most important and proven strategies in creating a Family-driven/Church-empowering ministry.  The team from your church should include Pastor with minimum of 2-3 leaders.  Learn more about Family Ties here.

  • New sessions begins Saturday,February 8, 2020, and will hosted at the Sulphur Grove UMC, 7505 Taylorsville Rd, Huber Heights, OH 45424   
  • Second session - Saturday,March 7, 2020
  • Third session -  Saturday, April 4,  2019
  • Fourth session - Saturday, May 2, 2019

*Each Session is from 10:00am - 3:00pm

Register here.

Cost is $50.00 per person ( this includes all four sessions, lunches and materials)




Be Our Guest (two-session training)

How to welcome and integrate newcomers into your church.

This is a  two-session Traction Track for Pastors plus 2-3 leaders.  Together, teams will learn how to develop a system for welcoming, tracking, follow-up, and connecting newcomers into your church.  The course will have specific implementation steps that can be applied to any church, any size, any setting.  For more information click here

 * Registration is limited to 8 churches

Will be rescheduled for early 2020


Doing the Math of Mission (one-session training)  

— and invite your church leaders to participate in a game-changing new Traction Track based on Gil Rendle’s best-selling book with this same title.  Pastors, CEU units will be available for this Traction Track!Do you struggle to know whether or not your church’s ministry is really making a difference?  Are you tired of tracking numbers you’re not even sure are measuring the right things? In our rapidly changing environment, we can’t simply do what we’ve always done—and need to focus our resources in ways that we are sure make a difference.  This Traction Track will bring you practical new skills and perspectives on how to customize to measure your church’s impact of your church cares the most about—beyond only the usual stats you enter on your “end of year” conference reports.Training will be provided via live video satellite by Texas Methodist Foundation’s Lisa Greenwood, Director of Leadership Development, and (retired) Bishop Janice Huie—both experienced and outstanding trainers in this material.  The team from your church should include Pastor with minimum of 2-3 leaders

 Will be rescheduled for early 2020