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Use the links below for worship and materials from the March 10, 2018 event: Beyond Sunday School: Empowering regular folks to lead a God movement featuring Rachel Billups
Worship Video     
Mentor Experience Guide  by Ginghamsburg Church Women's Ministry Core Team (pdf)
Mentor Participant Expereirence Guide  by Ginghamsburg Church Women's Ministry Core Team (pdf)

The Rev. Rachel Billups serves as Ginghamsburg’s Executive Pastor of Discipleship and as part of the preaching team. Rachel, an ordained elder within the United Methodist Church, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible/Religion and History from Anderson University and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. 

Use the links below to view videos from the Oct. 19, 2017  5 Talent Event featuring Jacob Armstrong, focused on Evangelism.
Session 1    
Session 2     
Session 3    
Question and Answers

Jacob is a native of Nashville, TN. In seminary, Jacob began dreaming of a church where people who feel disconnected from God and the church could find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus. In 2008, at the age of 27, Jacob and Rachel moved to Mt Juliet, TN to start Providence Church. Providence has grown into a thriving congregation with 1,600-1,700 in weekly attendance, with  Mission partnerships in East Nashville, Clinton, Oklahoma and Los Cerritos, Nicaragua. Jacob is the author of seven books. Jacob and Rachel have three  daughters, Mary, Lydia, and Phoebe. 



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What is the 5 Talent Academy?

The 5 Talent Academy is a group of like-minded pastors and laity across the Virginia Conference who are committed to learning the tools and techniques to have healthy, fruitful congregations. As a member of this community, you will learn new ways to increase worship attendance, professions of faith, faith development, ministry to the poor and stewardship.

There is no cost to your church to join the 5 Talent Academy, just a commitment to grow in fruitfulness and multiplication of ministries centering on worship, mission, discipleship, evangelism and stewardship. The 5 Talent Academy can help you achieve your church goals by giving you access to inspiring leaders, proving a venue to brainstorm concepts with peers, and offering you resources to help your church multiply its God-given talents. Consider becoming a member of the Academy today.


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 attendance
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


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)

Previous Teaching Events & Videos

Please click here to view portions of previous 5 Talent Academy teaching events and other videos related to the 5 Talent Academy.

Connect With the 5 Talent Academy


5 Talent Academy Leadership Team Link
(You must be a member of the team to view this link)


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