Multiply Minis

Relevant, Timely Trainings to Multiply Your Impact

Multiply Minis are live, interactive trainings for ministry leaders to break out of the norm and  hear fresh ideas. These Minis will encourage, inspire, and resource churches with the most current topics and innovative best practices from practitioners across West Ohio and beyond.  

Each participant will  leave the 90-minute webcasts with practical, ready-to-use tools along with “the one big thing” to take home. At each Mini, you'll also learn about “Co-Labs”: specialized learning groups designed to help you move from information to action. 

Multiply Minis are open to both clergy and lay:

  • Free for West Ohio participants
  • $25 for participants outside of West Ohio

*Space for each Mini is limited to the first 150 participants.
*Deadline to register is the Friday before each Mini.
*Continuing Education Units are available for each Mini. See registration for details.
*All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time Zone. 

See below for the full listing! 


Multiply Minis 2021 Schedule thru November

Innovative Expressions

May 12 | 10:30-12 | West Ohio Innovative Expressions Team 

Fresh Expressions have spread across West Ohio as people gather in breweries, art studios, nursing homes, gyms, golf courses, barns, and more. These innovative new expressions have empowered both laity and clergy to “go” into the world to make new disciples. During this Mini, this team will share from their various perspectives, offering steps for you to experiment with creative new ideas to reach your community via micro-communities, micro-campuses, and micro-gatherings.  
Suggested Book:   A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions by Michael Beck & Jorge Acevedo


Reimagine Your Sacred Rhythms of Prayer

May 12 |  1:30-3 | Rev. Karen Cook & Rev. Brenda Buckwell

Zoom fatigue. Decision fatigue. Compassion fatigue. It’s been a challenging year in so many ways. This Mini focuses on helping you and your team discover/rediscover a sacred rhythm of personal prayer. A sacred rhythm of prayer will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation, and establishing a sacred rhythm could be one of the most important choices to move into this next season of ministry and life.   
Suggested Book:   We Drink From Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People by Gustavo Gutierrez


Where Do We Go From Here?

May 26 | 10:30-12 | The Unstuck Group

Many churches are stuck. Some are stuck because of old ways of thinking; some because they can't figure a way out after the pandemic; others because they are happy with the status quo. Whether you've been serving the same church for years or beginning a new appointment, this Mini will challenge your paradigms, stretch your thinking, and help you determine if it’s time for your church to develop a new vision for the next season.
Suggested Book:  The Unstuck Church  by Tony Morgan


Growing Spirit-Led Leaders Utilizing the Enneagram

June 16 | 10:30-12 | Rubber Band Creations  

Healthy leaders are connected and guided by the Holy Spirit. Becoming a healthy leader requires courageous and vulnerable internal work of self-discovery. The Enneagram is a personality typology tool that gets to the core motivations of why you do what you do. Join us in this Mini to discover how this tool can be used for personal discipleship and leadership growth.
Suggested Book:  Self to Lose - Self to Find: A Biblical Approach to the 9 Enneagram Types by Marilyn Vancil


Building Trusting Teams Utilizing the Enneagram

June 16 | 1:30-3 | Rubber Band Creations

Healthy Teams trust each other. Becoming a trusting team requires bridge building which means finding ways to increase connections, promote compassion, and build teams based on strengths. The Enneagram is a tool that can help teams examine the strengths and contributions of each person. Join us in this Mini to discover how this tool can be used to increase team engagement and accountability.
Suggested Book:   9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century by Beatrice Chesnut


Leading Through Uncertainty

June 30 | 10:30-12 | Rev. Dr. Suzanne Allen

The only certainty we have these days is that they are days filled with uncertainty.  How long will our aging congregations survive?  Will the church split and if so, when?  What will the church be like post-pandemic?  There is no simple answer, quick fix, or wise guru to save us from this uncertainty.  There are, however, skills that we can learn and habits that we can practice that will help us to grow as resilient, adaptive, faith filled leaders who will guide our churches, influence our communities, and transform our world during these uncertain times.  Join us as we discuss, embrace, and grow in these skills and practices that help us lead faithfully through uncertainty.
Suggested Book: Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World by Gil Rendle


Stewardship and You

July 14 | 10:30-12 | United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio

Every church needs funds to survive yet giving remains a topic that many clergy would be happy to avoid if possible! How can pastors move from fearful to faithful when talking about money? In this Mini you’ll learn the essential ingredients of a successful stewardship program, explain the benefits of legacy giving, and help you face your fears about fundraising so you can lead your church into the future with confidence. 
Suggested Book: Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate by Clif Christopher


Finding Funders: Be Prepared!

July 14 | 1:30-3 | United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio

Our churches are doing incredible things in our communities, but we continue to look to congregations for almost all our financial support. In this Mini you’ll learn the basics of how to find other funders in your community, what those funders want to know about you, and how to prepare the materials you’ll need to make a financial request. Come with a specific project or need in mind to make the most of our time together. 
Suggested Book: Help! They Want Me to Fundraise! By Susan Black, CFRE


What is a House Church?

July 28 | 1:30-3 | Fresh Expressions US

The pandemic has changed the nature of church, which means your church's typical Sunday gathering isn't going away, yet this is a great opportunity to expand the bandwidth of our faith communities for our neighbors. Could it be time for you to gather in smaller and more distributed groups that still provide the opportunity for worship, fellowship, and community? How is house church different than a small group? What about children’s church? In this Mini you'll learn house church and micro-gathering basics from a seasoned practitioner. 
Suggested Book:  Deep Roots, Wild Branches by Michael Beck


Innovative Evangelism: How to Connect with New People, Build Community, and Make Disciples in a Digital World, Bit by Bit

August 17 | 10:30-12 | Rev. Brent Levy 

The world has changed. The church is changing, too. With more of our lives moving online, our hunger for community, connection, and belonging is stronger than ever. In this Mini you’ll learn how to facilitate real, authentic connection, nurture disciple-making, and share the good news of Jesus in an increasing digital-first world. 
Suggested Book:  The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker


What’s Standing Between You and Courageous Leadership?

August 25 | 10:30-12 | Rev. Dr. Sara Thomas

...It’s likely  not  what you think. Amidst uncertainty and change, you’re being called to be a resilient, courageous leader. Join us to explore the foundation of courageous leadership, what’s standing between you and courageous leadership, and walk away with tools you can use today. 
Suggested Book: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown


How to Last in Ministry: Disciplines for Sustainable  Leadership

September 1 | 10:30-12 | Rev. Dr. Mike Slaughter 

If you can’t lead yourself, you won’t be effective at leading others. Self-leadership precedes strategic leadership. God has entrusted us as pastors and church leaders to share the Gospel, and we need to be the best version of ourselves to do so. During this Mini, you’ll learn from a life-long practitioner about five key disciplines to help you maintain a ministry that will enable you to face the challenges and finish the race.
Suggested Book: Momentum for Life by Michael Slaughter


How Can My Church Become More Diverse?

September 8 | 10:30-12 | Rev. April Casperson & Sam Rodriguez  

We often think it and sometimes say it out loud – “how can my church become more of a reflection of our neighborhood, our local school, or the Kingdom of God?” There is no easy answer to this great challenge that many churches face and desire. All communities have some form of diversity whether its socio-economic, racial, social background, generational, family make-up, or other. In this Mini you’ll learn ways your church can consider reengaging your city/town to become better positioned to welcome them into the life of your faith community. 
Suggested Book: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves


Fewer Meetings, More Ministry

September 14 |  10:30-12 | Rev. Geoff  Posegate

Your church's administrative structure should support your disciple-making mission, and not work against it. A cumbersome grid of multiple committees and endless meetings acts like a clog in the artery of your missional effectiveness. Learn how less is more, in numbers of committees, numbers of people involved in administrative governance, and numbers of meetings. Stagnant and declining churches have lots of meetings. Growing and impacting churches do lots of ministry, unhindered by complex structure. Your church can go lean and do more. 
Suggested Book:  Winning on Purpose by John Kaiser


Preaching  When You Don’t Feel Like It 

October 6  | 10:30-12 | Bishop Gregory V. Palmer  and Rev. Valerie Bridgeman

Preachers love opening up the Word of God for the People of God. And yet, some weeks it can take everything in us just to get to church; the weeks when life and the world seem like they might fall apart right around us. Through a year of division and heartbreak and online everything, God still has something to say through us, even when we don’t feel like it. 
Suggested Book: The Fully Alive Preacher: Recovering from Homiletical Burnout by Mike Graves


I Don’t Like Them, I Need to Get to Know Them Better

October 12 | 10:30-12 | Sam Rodriguez & Rev. April Casperson 

We all have our opinions and biases. We live in a divided world. There are adjustments we can all make to become more aware of those biases to be able to follow Jesus’s commandment to “love your neighbor.” Is it necessary? Is it easy? Is it worth it? This Mini will help you acknowledge your realities and equip you to become a better neighbor, and most importantly more Christ-like. The change must start with you. This is for any leader or team looking for 
Suggested Book: I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown


Building Community Partnerships

October 20 | 10:30-12 | Rev. Dee Stickley-Miner 

We all have something to offer. As we look outside of the walls of the church, there are organizations, businesses, agencies, institutions, and other churches working for the good of the community. Making a difference in our local communities can begin by coming alongside these organizations with mutuality and a common vision of a whole community.
Suggested Book:  Having Nothing, Possessing Everything by Michael Mather


Should We Start a Dinner Church?

November  2  |  10:30-12 | Fresh Expression US

Christians in the early church gathered together around a meal, telling the story of Jesus’ last supper, breaking bread, and sharing the cup. Ritualized meals have been practiced by a variety of Christian denominations through the centuries. Churches across the US are experimenting with micro-gatherings via Dinner Church and reaching those who aren’t interested in the norm. Is this ancient-futuristic approach to reaching your community something your church could explore? 
Suggested Book: Welcome to Dinner Church by Verlon Fosner 


Creating  a Healthy Staff Culture

November 3  |  10:30-12 | Rev. Dr. Jon Ferguson & Rev. Jordan Wilson

Leading a church that transforms the world requires more than the latest leadership strategies or team building activities. Healthy churches are driven by a culture where people are more committed to leading out of who they are than out of what they do. A healthy staff culture also requires courageous decisions about hiring, developing, and knowing when to let go of a team member. Ultimately, an effective ministry flows out of building a healthy culture. 
Suggested Book:  The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero



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