A DP Life Workshop Experience in New Hampshire

Heather Thalheimer of the Faith Fusion community in New Hampshire will be holding a seminar on January 10th, 2015 called Deeper With God. This seminar will feature Gerry Servito as the main speaker and aims to “educate our current membership and new guests through practical application/life guidance sermons based on the Divine Principle and Unification Thought.” This seminar will delve deeper into the three hearts of God as a follow-up to the current sermon series “What to do when you feel disappointed with God.” If you are interested in attending, bringing a guest or learning more about this … [Read more...]

Ministerial Leadership Course Available

We hope you and your family are fantastically well. Getting ready for the Holiday Season can be both exciting and extremely busy. So know that you are in our prayers.We are happy to bring you the next course in our new One Year Foundation in Ministry Diploma, Ministerial Leadership. Dr. Demetrius Carolina will be teaching this 5 week course to give you practical and constructive theological tools to adequately care for your families, congregations, and communities.  This course is designed to help you to better approach and address questions such as; where do I stand, and what do I do when I … [Read more...]

Ministerial Leadership, the Next Course in Our New One Year Foundation in Ministry Diploma

In line with True Mother’s vision for leadership education, the Ministry Support team and the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) are offering ongoing professional training for our ministry leaders.Foundation in Ministry DiplomaIn order to promote a professional approach to leadership training, we are now offering a Foundation in Ministry Diploma for all Pastors, Ministry Leaders, and Tribal Messiahs upon successful completion of the six online courses.Any courses you’ve already completed will count towards your first diploma.We will soon be offering correspondence classes for any courses … [Read more...]

Register for the Next CEU Course, “Spiritual Formation,” Today!

Earlier this year the ministry and education team conducted an educational survey amongst our pastors, youth pastors, and other ministry leaders. What we found was a desire for access to ongoing education on subjects such as: Ministry Leadership, Divine Principle, Preaching, and The Life and Legacy of Rev. Sun Myung Moon. As you may know, the Ministry Support team is partnering with the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) to offer ongoing professional training for our ministry leaders. Two courses (Growing Your Church and Exploring Divine Principle Level One) were offered earlier this … [Read more...]

Leading a Ministry is Easy?

Leading a ministry is easy, right? You just talk for half an hour once a week and pass an offering basket. That’s the work that everyone sees. What most of us don’t see is the hours invested in preparation for Sunday, supporting families and individuals throughout the week, running small groups and other ministries, and encouraging the ministry team. Ministry is more than a full-time job. It doesn’t stop when the sermon ends on Sunday or the workday ends at 5 o’clock. Simply put, if we can’t take the time to invest in ourselves then we won’t have the fuel to serve our communities.    As a … [Read more...]

4 Practices I Relearned about Church Growth

A few years ago I heard a young man play at an open mic. As he ended one of those incredibly fun and lively songs where every ones hands are clapping and feet are stomping, he said “thanks that was my first time.” I had the chance to chat it up with him afterwards and said to him “There’s no way that was your first time.”  He admitted that it wasn’t and what he said next had a profound impact on me. He said “I always tell myself, this time is the first time. That way I don’t get caught up in the routine of what I do and have an experience filled with wonder and awe.” So many things in our … [Read more...]

Connect, Learn, and Give in 60 Minutes

Time is precious and it's easy to feel like there just isn't enough of it. But a lot can happen in just an hour. Enough to make a difference in your ministry. That's why we give you an opportunity just about every week with the Leader's Call so that you can pack in some nuggets of wisdom in just 60 minutes. If you haven't participated in one of the weekly Leader's Calls or it's been awhile, here are three reasons to jump on the call in 2014! Connect. You aren't alone. There are pastors out there experiencing very similar issues and challenges as you. By connecting with them and building … [Read more...]

Five Things We Learned at ENERGIZE

Get a bunch of youth leaders together and it’s guaranteed that someone’s gonna get wet, voices are gonna get lost, and things are gonna blow up. Yes, blow up. And we're not just talking about blown minds. ENERGIZE 2013 was a blast. Literally. (Read on to the end to find out what we mean!) As organizers for these conferences, we plan these events so that we can expect these sorts of outcomes. We know what our goals are. We know what we want participants to walk away with. We know how to make it a good time. What we don’t plan for is what we, the Lead With Impact Team, will walk away … [Read more...]

Making The Choice

It was in October of 2012 that Maio Baiocco began a 40-day condition of daily study of the Divine Principle. Through this process, she says she became aware of a general need among Unificationists to have a deeper personal understanding of God’s “First Blessing,” that is, to “Be fruitful” (Genesis 1:28). This revelation inspired her to write "The Choice" small group curriculum. “We have been tasked by our Heavenly Parent to ‘Be fruitful’ in order to become the children that God could be proud of,” said Baiocco. “However, this process is difficult and uncomfortable, so we tend to skip that … [Read more...]

Featured File: Pocket Devotionals

Free Downloads! Located on the File Exchange   Today's Featured File: Pocket Devotionals Uploaded by Michael Hentrich, Pastor, Colorado Family Church A three-part series containing excerpts of Father's words. Wisdom True Love Marriage and Family Life After Death Formatted into easy-to-read "bite sized" portions, Unificationists can use these for inspirational daily readings, hook-dok-hwe practice, or study groups. They are great introductions to Father for those who are unfamiliar with him and his teachings. You can easily print them on 8.5 x 11 paper, cut in half, and … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Be A More Approachable Leader

Some people are like magnets. They’re likeable. They’re helpful. They’re resourceful. People are drawn to them for advice or just for friendly conversation. Some people are like the plague. Okay, sorry, that's a bit severe. But some folks are avoided now and then. We’re not talking scary bad breath here, but rather those people that just aren’t easy to talk to. Maybe they’re intimidating. Maybe they talk too much. Maybe they’re out of touch with reality. As a leader, you talk to a lot of people. All sorts of people. You know there are those that are easier to talk to than others. … [Read more...]

Your Impact Just Got Greater

You’ve heard it before. You can make a difference. You can change the world. You can save lives. You can do anything. And for a moment or two, you’re charged with inspiration! You see yourself really doing it…making a difference, changing the world, saving lives. You get this vision of yourself on top of the world. You’re happy. You’re alive and you know your purpose. People respect you. People look up to you. You’re being quoted. You’re on the next TedTalks. And then the moment passes. You wake up from your daydream. This other thing called “reality” sets in. All of a sudden you … [Read more...]

3 Simple Steps for Custom Invite Cards

  We've all been there. You get all fired up about reaching out to people, but printed materials are sometimes an after-thought. Perhaps someone is handy with photoshop and is able to volunteer, but for those of you who don't have outreach materials ready to go, consider ordering some new Invite Cards from the Print Shop. Custom order your own cards! Simply choose your front cover design, enter your info on the back, and submit the order. They will be processed through Next Day Flyers and delivered to your door. It's as easy as one-two-three: Introducing the Great … [Read more...]

Behind The Scenes. Episode 1

Did you hear about those great windows in NYC? You may have seen clips of the NYC church windows in last week's message from Dr. Balcomb. However, this project didn't stop with decals. We aim to make this artwork available on everything from post cards to wall hangings if you'd like it. Check out the Print Shop to find out what we're developing. So what do they get up to in HQ anyway? There is a lot of creative force here. Find out what happens when we unleash the team on our old dusty windows at 4 West 43rd street in NYC. It may seem a simple project, but it's always a challenge to … [Read more...]