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Learning and Innovation

Connecting leaders in brave conversations that create enduring relationships of courage, learning, and innovation to empower the church to stand to its full height and witness.

Learning Communities

Deep, lasting change starts with meaningful conversations in communities that learn together

Courageous Congregations Collaborative

Learning to strengthen and flex the “Five Muscles” to thrive

Courageous Leadership Imperative

Leaders from the center and edge grow vibrant church communities

Impact Story

Launch 3.0 emboldens innovators

Igniting Imagination Podcast

Rich conversations spark the Spirit within you


Insights and tools to engage challenges and grow the church

Blending Tradition and Innovation to Inspire and Equip Leaders

Resilient change starts with leaders in conversation and community with one another, sharing ideas and innovating together to adapt and grow the church and their ministries.

Learning and Innovation blends design and innovation processes with deep faith traditions to inspire and equip leaders for a changing spiritual and religious landscape. We bring leaders from diverse traditions and perspectives together to support congregations in building the resources and capabilities they need for thriving.

Impact Story

Launching Spiritual Innovators Across the Country

Launch 3.0 was an energetic and inspired three-day event. Spiritual entrepreneurs and church leaders from around the country came together to catch their breath, flow through an intensive design process, and generate innovative, actionable ideas to better serve their congregations and their communities.

Throughout the three days, attendees were coached and inspired by Locke Innovative Leaders discussing new ways to spread God’s love across a rapidly changing spiritual landscape. Launch 3.0 culminated in a pitch event providing seed funding for several innovations.

Overall, Launch 3.0 is a vibrant example of how we’re continuing to help grow the church during times of change, blending investments with learning and innovation to create the loving world that God imagines.


Contact a Learning and Innovation Representative

Blair Thompson

Rev. Dr. Blair Thompson

Chief Learning and Innovation Officer

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Kathi Mc Shane

Rev. Kathleen McShane

Director of Learning and Innovation

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Derrick Scott III

Derrick Scott III

Associate Director of Learning and Innovation

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Janet Klosterboer

Janet Klosterboer

Learning and Innovation Executive Assistant

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Krystol Wheeler

Krystol Wheeler

Assistant Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

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Leah Yancey 2

Leah Yancey

Learning and Innovation Administrative Assistant

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