CAD Services Catalog
Through the services linked below, our Church Administration and Development (CAD) ministry development team outfits churches for a mission-focused journey with Jesus. The services they offer include seminars, consulting, mentoring and coaching (click a link to jump to that section). Also listed is information about contacts, scheduling and costs.
To assist in the continuing education of our pastors and other ministers, GCI's ministry development team offers districts and individual churches the training seminars listed below by topical category. For information about our Pastoral Continuing Education Program in the US, click here.
Theology, ethics, doctrine & church history seminars
This seminar overviews the theology that informs GCI doctrine and mission. This theology is centered on Jesus, who is united to the Father and Holy Spirit in the Trinity, and to all humanity in the Incarnation. The seminar reviews the history of Trinitarian theology, discusses its scriptural basis and answers frequently asked questions.
- Trinitarian Ethics
This seminar discusses Christian ethics from a trinitarian, incarnational perspective, exploring biblical answers to the question, How then shall we live? It starts with the key theological principles that shape our understanding of biblical ethics, then looks at various ethical issues faced by church leaders, including ones related to human sexuality.
- Christian Doctrine
This seminar reviews the core Christian doctrines, with time for questions about GCI beliefs. For details, click here.
- Church History
This seminar overviews 2,000 years of church history including GCI's Adventist roots. For comments from participants, watch this:
Church development & mission seminars
- Missional Church
This seminar examines the Trinitarian foundations of God's mission to the world, and explores practical ways that churches may share in what Jesus is now doing in the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill that mission through the church.
This seminar discusses ways for churches of any size to implement a "disciplemaking pathway" by which they help people know Jesus, then share actively in what he is doing through the Spirit to fulfill the Father's mission to the world.
This seminar explores practical ways for churches and individuals to participate with Jesus in sharing the love and life of God with those who do not yet know and trust him.
- Why Don't My
This seminar explores proven strategies for addressing the assimilation challenge: helping occasional visitors become active participants in the life and ministry of the church.
This seminar examines an approach to church leadership that expresses the love and life of our triune God. Included is an exercise that helps participants understand their God-given “relationship style” and learn how differing styles interact in a ministry team.
Ministry life & skills seminars
- Preaching/Fun with
This seminar outfits preachers and teachers for preparing and delivering expository sermons and studies that lead to life transformation as people encounter in Scripture the living Word of Life, Jesus Christ. For comments from participants, watch this:
- Ministry Coaching
This seminar helps ministry leaders and pastors apply the principles and skills of coaching ministers - helping them develop as leaders within the body of Christ. As a follow up, CAD offers services to certify individuals as GCI pastoral ministry coaches.
- Spiritual Formation
This one day seminar provides an experiential learning opportunity for participants to gain knowledge and understanding of spiritual practices that enhance a personal and intimate relationship with God. It also presents a balanced congregational model for healing prayer ministry and discusses avoiding ministry burnout.
- Ministry Renewal
This three day event provides pastors and ministry leaders a time to be refreshed and renewed in the context of a focused relationship with our triune God. Through periods of solitude, prayer, meditation, communion, fellowship and other spiritual practices, participants experience inspiration and strengthening for their service in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Church multiplication seminars
Disciples by Multiplying Churches
This seminar explores the Trinitarian foundations of church planting and then looks at ways churches of any size can share in starting new churches (including taking part in a district church planting network). It concludes with a discussion of the essential characteristics and practices of churches that reproduce.
- You Might Be a
Church Planter If...
This seminar examines characteristics of leaders who start new churches that grow and multiply. It also offers information about how congregations and district networks can identify, train and deploy leaders with the gifts and competencies needed to start new, reproducing churches.
- Church-Next Training
This multi-day “hands on” intensive prepares potential church planters for starting new churches that multiply. Topics include vision, mission, strategy, core group development and going public.
Youth & family ministry seminars
This seminar helps congregations develop ministries that disciple children and teens, helping them experience and express their connection in Jesus to God's love and life. For a brochure, click here.
- Parenting with Grace
This seminar teaches a way of parenting and grandparenting based in God's unconditional love and acceptance. This interactive seminar gives time for participants to share frustrations and victories and thus learn from one another. For a brochure, click here.
- Connected Marriage
This seminar helps couples grow in Christ's love, deal with gender differences, understand communication styles and the "seasons" of married life.
The Office of Reconciliation & Mediation (ORM), an affiliate of GCI, offers seminars about mending broken relationships by removing walls and building bridges and thus finding positive solutions to difficult issues that separate people (racism, sexism, conflict, etc.). Click here for the ORM brochure. ORM training is provided by Curtis May; email him at Curtis.May@gci.org or phone 800.574.2299.
CAD's ministry development team offers the following consulting services via email, telephone and on-site meetings.
- Transformational Church Consulting
This set of consulting services helps churches identify and develop the key characteristics of churches that participate actively in what the Holy Spirit is doing to transform the lives of individuals and communities. There are seven of these characteristics that make up the Transformational Loop (see diagram below). Research indicates that these characteristics predominate in churches where people are encountering Jesus, choosing to follow Jesus and growing as co-workers with Jesus.
Transformational Church (TC) consulting services include a church-wide survey, a day-long interactive retreat and formation of a detailed action plan that defines the journey forward. Follow-up coaching is also provided.
TC consulting is offered by CAD ministry developers certified to use LifeWay's TC tools. For an issue of Equipper devoted to Transformational Church values and resources, click here. For videos concerning TC consulting, click here. For comments from a pastoral couple about these services, watch this:
- Conflict resolution
Providing a mediator to help congregations work through issues of conflict.
- Starting new churches
Helping districts and congregations plant new churches. See CMM.
- Youth and family ministry
Helping churches minister to families, children, teens and young adults. Consulting is also provided to help districts establish camps and mission trips. See GenMin.
Helping churches resolve conflict related to racial, cultural and related issues. See ORM.
MENTORING & COACHING
Because GCI highly values ministry coaching (see the video below), CAD provides mentors for new pastors and church planters (via the pastoral internship program) and certified ministry coaches for established pastors and church planters. If you are interested in being mentored or coached, or in serving as a certified mentor or coach, please contact any of CAD's ministry developers (see contacts below).
CONTACTS & SCHEDULING
Following is contact information for the members of CAD's ministry development team, which provides the seminars and consulting noted above (click on a name for a resume). Feel free to contact any of these team members to schedule CAD services. For general assistance, email Ted.Johnston@gci.org.
- Lorenzo Arroyo
- Randy Bloom
- Ted Johnston
- Anthony Mullins
- Dan Rogers
- Greg Williams
When a member of the CAD ministry development team conducts a seminar for a district network, the denomination pays the ministry developer's travel to and from that event (one event each calendar year in each district). For more than one seminar in the district in a year, or if the seminar is being held for an individual congregation (or circuit), the host district or congregation covers the cost for the ministry developer's travel to and from the event location.
In all cases, the host either provides or pays for the ministry developer's on-site lodging, meals and car rental. The ministry developer will help estimate all costs up front. The host provides or pays for other seminar needs including meeting hall, handouts, meals and refreshments. Costs incurred by the host are typically recovered in the seminar registration fee.