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A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness

By David Teel

Reigniting Lay Leadership for a Post-Pandemic Church

Dates: August 12 & 19, 2021
6:30 p.m. CDT
Kay Kotan & Blake Bradford

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Church leaders want to equip more people for ministry. They long for a simpler decision-making process focused on discipleship, not endless meetings. But simply having fewer meetings won’t inspire more people to live into their calling. What will? Creating a clear and focused accountability structure that places the church’s disciple-making mission front and center.

This two-session webinar series with leadership coach Kay Kotan and Rev. Blake Bradford looks at how simplified, accountable leadership structure (often called the “one-board” model) can empower, equip, and set laity and clergy free to focus on the mission of making disciples of Jesus who change the world.

Based on the updated Third Edition of their best-selling book, Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness, this webinar provides practical, field-tested steps to simplify your church structure, practice accountable leadership, and unleash more people into ministry.

Simplification and accountable leadership means that meetings—and leaders—are transformed. Kotan and Bradford walk you through the three distinct phases of SAS:

  • Discern the right path
  • Equip participants for accountable leadership
  • Implement both the technical and adaptive changes to simplify your structure and align your resources for missional effectiveness

Webinar One (08/12/21):

What is a Simplified, Accountable Structure (SAS)?

Participants will discover:

  • What simplified, accountable structure is
  • Why churches should consider this model
  • How accountability plays a significant role in simplification

Watch the video archive of this webinar:

WEBINAR TWO (08/19/21):

How to Implement a Simplified Structure in Your Church

An overview of:

  • The three distinct phases of simplified, accountable structure
  • What players are involved in each phase
  • The elements of each phase and what the timeline looks like

Watch the video archive of this webinar:


Kay kotan

Kay Kotan is a professionally credentialed coach who has coached hundreds of pastors and churches across the nation, helping them become more vital in reaching new people. She has authored more than a dozen books on church and leadership transformation. Kay is a Coach U & Advanced Coach U Graduate, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coaching Federation. Kay also served on the Faculty of Coaching4Clergy, is a Certified Path One Coach for the UMC, and was a member of the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) Executive Team for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has worked with hundreds of pastors and congregations across the nation in becoming more missionally effective through coaching, workshops, and consulting.

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Dr. Blake Bradford is a District Superintendent in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. A co-author of Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness and IMPACT! Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry, Blake has pastored churches of different sizes and contexts, including serving as executive pastor of a 3500-member congregation in Little Rock. Before his appointment to the Cabinet, Blake served the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality as a congregational coach, consultant, and conflict transformation mediator. Dr. Bradford, a graduate of Hendrix, Vanderbilt, Iliff School of Theology, and Perkins School of Theology at SMU, has taught at conferences and trainings across the country, including an annual role as a workshop leader at the Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute.

David C. Teel is Director of Laity and Spiritual Leadership at Discipleship Ministries and a writer, editor, and Christian educator in Nashville, Tennessee. He studied at Vanderbilt Divinity School, serving United Methodist Churches since 1997.

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