MIV Building Bridges Academy - Bring out the best in you and your church
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Event sponsored by the MIV district

Are you the hope of the glorious things to come?  This is your next step!

Building Bridge Academy – Bring out the best in you and your church
United Theological Seminary – Saturday, January 26, 2019  8:30am – 3pm

Kay Kotan 

Kay Kotan currently serves as the Director of Equipping Vital Congregations for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Her responsibilities include congregational revitalization and new church starts.
She is a CoachU and Advanced Coach U Graduate, an accredited coach (Professional Certified Coach – PCC) with the International Coaching Federation, certified Path 1 coach, and once served on the faculty at Coaching4Clergy.  As a passionate lay person, she has worked in corporate America and was a business owner for more than 20 years.  Kotan has been serving churches, pastors, conferences, and judicatory leaders for the past decade.  She is most proud to be the wife of Bob for 26 years and the mother of their 23 year-old son, Cameron.
Kay is the author of multiple books/workbooks including Gear Up:  Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church, Mission Possible:  Structuring Your Church for Missional Effectiveness, Full Schedules, Barren Souls as well as the co-author of the book entitled, IMPACT!:  Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry, Small Church Check-Up, Insights on Productivity, Strategic Ministry Planning, Renovate or Die – Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission, Ministry 3.0 and Get Their Name , Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church and Necessary Nine – Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently. 
Mrs. Kotan spends her time investing in pastors, laity leaders, churches, and judicatory leaders in teaching, coaching, creating resources, and moving them into greater effectiveness and fruitfulness in their ministries to reach more people for Jesus Christ.  She is an enthusiastic and passionate presenter who challenges her workshop participates in both their thinking and their doing.

Keynote Focus - Leading by Offering New Relationships

Offering “hope of the glorious things to come” starts with relationships and, in particular, new relationships.  In our 21st Century nonchurch centric world, we Christians must build relationships in our communities using new methods if we are to offer love and hope to the world.  We will explore the progressing steps of building new relationships through servant evangelism, sharing our story in small groups, sharing our story in worship, and then going out into the community to share our story in our neighborhoods.  Come ready to receive practical information and steps to take home to implement.


8:30-9am: registration
9 – 9:30am: welcome, devotion, song
9:30 – 10:30: keynote
15 minutes break
10:45 – 12:30 – session 1
45 minutes for lunch
1:15-3pm – session 2

WORKSHOPS - the same workshops will be held in the morning and in the afternoon.  Choose the two workshops that work the best for you and your ministry!

Equipping for results


  1. IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call to Lay Ministry - Kay Kotan   Laity, clergy and staff are ALL called to ministry. Our Wesleyan heritage is rooted in a lay-driven movement. This learning opportunity explores a variety of areas in the life of the church where laity can IMPACT! the ministry in powerful ways.  Come explore areas such as culture, missions, worship, leadership, and relationships for laity IMPACT!
  2. Building A Strong SPRC – Karen Grube & Charlie Bosworth
    Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (S/PPRC, SPRC) connects the Pastor, staff and congregation by building strong relationships.  Let’s discuss how to do just that.
  3. Financial ABC’s:  Best Practices for Audits, Budgets, Compensation and Beyond - Bill Brownson
  4. Ad Board/Leadership – Jon Ferguson & Ken Woode
  5. Lay Leader - Are you the “Lay Leader” in your local church?  You likely wear many hats, but did you know that the Lay Leader is “the primary lay representative of the laity in that local church” (BOD paragraph 251.1).  Join MIV District Lay Leader, Dan Vanoli, and Assistant to the Superintendent, Rev. Wendy Lybarger, to review the responsibilities of the Lay Leader, explore some best practices, and develop a plan to bring out the best in you and your church in the coming year.
  6. Trustees - Jocelyn Roper & Don Hayashi

Living into ministry

  1. Men’s Discipleship Today - Ben Shaeffer  I have had the privilege to serve as West Ohio Conference President of the United Methodist Men since April 2016.  In that time I have experienced the movement and power of one on one and small group discipleship that will assist the local church in reaching all generations of men with the healing and transformative power of Jesus Christ.  Men are engaged in discipleship and mission all over our conference.  I will be sharing best practices that will help create a vision, capture moment, and sustain change.   Studies indicate that an intentional discipleship ministry targeted at reaching all men in the local church will bring 45% more men to church and engage 84% of them in discipleship.
  2. Being a Good Samaritan for Crime Victims and Justice-Involved Families - Reba Collins   Join us as we explore our call to healing ministry with people involved in the criminal justice system. Much like people living through a long-term illness, a fatal diagnosis, or a recent death, victims of crime and families transitioning through the criminal justice system are in need of aftercare from compassionate ministers. The first half of this session will provide simple steps to guide a person and family toward healing and wholeness following a crime. The second half of this session will explore launching a “Good Samaritan” Team in the Miami Valley District.
  3. Community based ministry - Peter Matthews
  4. Discipling Children - Deb Egloff   This will be a great discovery session on approaching any curriculum or activity with children in order to encourage depth of purpose, stimulate "wonder", and engage in shared learning between child and adult. 
  5. Taking Back Your City -- One Life at a Time - Jeff Cartwright   Learn from one urban practitioner with 20+ years of experience in the same neighborhood what's working (and what hasn't) to change one of the Miami Valley's poorest and most addicted communities into a place of hope and healing for individuals and families.
  6. Structuring the Local Church for Disciple-Making - Dan Glover   Using the metaphor of the ocean we will cover the 6 stages of spiritual formation. After laying the discipling foundation, we will then open up the workshop to discuss specifics based on the needs of the participants. (Specific needs might include: When you have nothing happening in Discipleship – where do you start; Developing a core of teachers; Where small groups fit into discipleship today; Mission trips as a kick-start to Discipleship; How to sustain Discipleship when you have an Evangelist for a pastor)
  7. Music and Worship Design: Guiding the Congregation Through an Encounter with God – Tesia Mallory & Michael Cunningham
    Why do we “do what we do” in worship? How does your church make decisions about what happens on Sunday mornings? Is it what you’ve always done or based on another church’s worship order? How do you craft worship experiences that guide people into God’s presence? How does music fit into that framework? This practical training will help you think about the different movements of worship and how music can be used to invite congregants into a transformational encounter with God. 

Lunch options:  ($10)

  • Deli Sub on a multi grain roll, fruit salad, chips and a brownie
  • Chicken Salad, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, gluten free bread, gluten free dessert
  • Vegetable Salad (w/boiled egg), fruit salad, assorted muffins, brownie
Location Name
MIV District Offices @ UTS
Terri McClain