Ignite Leadership Academy



Is your church making a SIGNIFICANT difference in relevant mission or ministry? 

As a leader, are you seeking to know how to lead into the future?

What would a fresh wind that rejuvenates a declining congregation

navigating societal shifts, look and feel like?

One word: Resurgence.


Free Resurgence books to the first 20 registrants

Plus, free next-step coaching


Why the Ignite Leadership Academy Resurgence Class?

The St. Louis Caucus of BMCR through conversation honed in that leadership among both laity and clergy was a key need in churches. Armed with this information, the Caucus took action to apply for a grant to come alongside the annual conference to identify and develop more leaders; not just deacons and elders, but leadership at every level of the church, local, district, and general.

Mission: To develop effective prophetic leaders to engage and transform the church and community. 

Vision: Igniting and leading prophetic leaders to impact the 21st century church and world to build God’s Kingdom on earth.

Resurgence: a rejuvenation fresh wind.

Resurgence is the next season of transformation the church can experience. It is the identification of a new skill set called “navigating” that will help you discover best practices and new pathways that create new life in once vital congregations. By helping you interrupt the congregational decline, and understand the societal shifts that are requiring pastors and leaders to lead differently.

By definition resurgence begins with a defined starting point and evolves through an on-going journey.

Resurgence results in:

  • a new season of life
  • vitality and kingdom impact within the congregation that overflows into the community.
  • momentum for reimagining your church’s future in a digital age



9:00 - 12:00 P.M.

Opening Prayer

Welcome & Introduction of Presenters

Session 1


Session 2


Report out

Next Steps

Closing Comments and Prayer



Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis is the 17th President Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is Gammon’s First Female President-Dean in its 138-year history. She served as a District Superintendent of the Gulf Central area of the Florida Annual Conference from 2016 – March 2021. She had oversight of 89 pastors and churches.

Prior to becoming a Superintendent, she served as the Executive Director of Path1 New Church Starts at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, TN. She is a relentless advocate for revitalizing existing churches and creating new places for new people through planting new churches and new faith communities. 

She also serves as a consultant, coach, and resource person to Bishops, Conference Leaders, Church Planters and Pastors in starting and revitalizing congregations. She started ministry as a church planter and is the founding Pastor of the New Life Community UMC, where she served from 1997 – 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida. 

For the full bio go here.


Rev. Dr. Rodney Thomas Smothers is a native of Washington, D.C. He served in the United States Air Force for seven years prior to attending seminary. He currently serves as the Interim Lead Pastor for Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Washington, MD, and he serves as the Director of Leadership and Congregational Development for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Lead Pastor at Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville, Maryland. Also he served as the Lead Pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Oxon Hill, Maryland. During his tenure at St. Paul, he led that congregation in staff development, implementation of small groups, installation of computer technology in all of the learning areas, physical improvements to the campus, development of a website, and outreach ministries to ten schools. In 2011, he led in the development of the St. Paul and Corkran Memorial Cooperative Parish multi-site campus ministries. 

For the full bio go here.

If you have questions or need help with registration

 contact Rev. Michelle McGhee at or 314-623-4955