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The Leadership Development and Discipleship team wants to invite you to participate in free and excellent equipping opportunities during the coming months. In March, April, and May, LDD will host three webinars on topics relevant to ministry leaders. We believe that these webinars will offer you an opportunity to enrich your ministry and become better equipped to serve.

On Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 pm EST Leadership Development and Discipleship will host a webinar with Thom Ranier. Thom Ranier has nearly 40 years of ministry experience, and has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of the local church and her leaders. Currently Thom serves as the founder and lead coach for Church Answers, an organization that provides resources, experts and community for pastors and ministry leaders on church growth, revitalization, and leadership. Thom will be sharing insights from his most recent book, The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities. I know this topic is relevant to our pastors as they navigate the return to church post-COVID.

Jonathan Olavarria, one of COGOP’s own young pastors and church planters, will be sharing his knowledge and experience on the topic, “Assimilating New Believers”. This webinar will be presented on Tuesday, April 27. Jonathan’s presentation is founded on his experience over the past five years as he and his team planted a multi-racial church in Jersey City, New Jersey. Through that experience Jonathan has developed a process for first-time churchgoers to become fully assimilated into the life and ministries of the local church. His insights provide biblical, practical guidance on helping first-time attendees move from visitors to contributing members of the local church.

Our final guest in the spring webinar series will be Steve Cuss. Steve is the lead pastor of Discovery Christian Church in Broomfield, Colorado. Steve desiresto bring relief to leaders by equipping them with tools for individual and team health. His work and ministry experiences as well as educational background allow him to offer wise counsel and practical guidance on the principles in his current book, Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs. Steve will present on Tuesday, May 25th.

Please mark these dates on your calendar and make plans now to participate in these equipping opportunities.


Kathryn H. Creasy
Executive Director
Leadership Development and Discipleship
Engaging, Equipping, and Enriching Those Who Lead!