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5 Talent Academy
What is the 5 Talent Academy?
A team of pastors and laity from several healthy, fruitful congregations across the Virginia Conference designed this academy for all of us. We seek to support the achievement of each of the 5 goals (see below) by focusing on one goal at a time. For each topic, you will learn from an inspirational leader, brainstorm customization of concepts with peers, and have opportunity and 24/7 resources required for your church to multiply its God‐given talents.
Invitation to Harvest
All are welcome to become a part of the 5 Talent Academy. Churches are encouraged to bring the 5-Talent Academy Covenant to annual conference.
View the video, 5-Talent Academy--An Invitation
To enroll, you must:
1. Enter into the 5 Talent Academy Covenant by action of Church Council.
2. There is a registration fee at each learning event (approximately $25 per person attending).
3. Sign the covenant along with your District Superintendent, and bring to Annual Conference or return it to the Virginia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence.
1. Worship: 5% annual increase in average worship attendance
2. Evangelism: Professions of faith represent 10% of average worship attendance
3. Faith Development: Small group participation represents 50% of average worship
4. Engage in Mission and Ministry with the Poor: a. 50% of worship attendance
serves by actively participating in relational ministries (e.g. not just donating socks but face
to face with the poor; b. 10% of annual operational giving supports ministry with the poor
5. Stewardship: 5% annual increase in giving
Rice urges churches to be 'doers of the Word' in ministry with the poor - Oct. 2, 2012
Cuban Bishop tells of amazing church growth - Feb. 23, 2012
Event in Chesapeake Focuses on Evangelism - October 6, 2011
Giving guru says churches must get people excited about their mission - Feb. 19, 2011
"Simple Church" author says many churches are drifting off message - Sept. 23, 2010
Worship expert tells 5 Talent Academy participants to think outside sanctuary - Feb. 20, 2010
Tony and Bart Campolo lead first 5 Talent Academy teaching session - Oct. 1, 2009
5 Talent Academy kickoff held March 30 at Ebenezer UMC, Stafford - March 30, 2009
5-Talent Academy - An Invitation
Click here for video from the Feb. 23, 2013 on Faith Development
Click here for video from Oct. 2, 2012, Ministry with the Poor Teaching Event - The Rev. Dr. Alan Rice
Videos from 2011 5 Talent Academy Evangelism Event (Various churches)
Click here for videos of 2011 5 Talent Academy Teaching Events - Ted Hart
Click here for videos of 2009-2010 5 Talent Academy Teaching Events - Bart Campolo, Tony Campolo, Eric Geiger
5 Talent Academy Brochure (pdf)
5 Talent Academy Covenant Form (pdf)
5 Talent Academy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (pdf)
5 Talent Academy Summary (pdf)
Transformational Leaders Worksheet (pdf)
5-Talent Academy Leadership Team Link
(You must be a member of the team to view this link)