Transform Your Ministry

Join Cutting Edge Ministers in this 4-Day Intensive

Discover What Seminary Forgot to Teach About Growing a Dynamic Church

Ephesians 3:20-21, New Living

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.


We envision a church whose minsters speak to the real life issues in their congregation. We envision a church that both values tradition and embraces change. We seek to assist church leaders in living their giftedness.


We are committed to a living, relevant, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.


Day 1: Transform the Messenger

See the you God sees. God your loving father who wants infinitely more for you than you could ask, think, believe, or imagine.

Day 2: Transform the Message

Speak in such a way that your congregation will understand the power and love of Jesus as never before. Meet the real heartfelt needs of the people you serve.

Day 3: Transform the Method

Fine-tune your skill as a speaker. Leave your audience wanting more rather than wanting to be dismissed.

Day 4: Transform the Milieu

Lead so the dry bones in your congregation will come alive and walk again! Know your audience; know your community; minister to the real needs of real people.


Please take this 2 minute survey about your congregation. We want to learn more about your concerns so we can adequately address them.

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Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)

Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne

Make Your Giftedness Come Alive See Living Hope Through Different Eyes


Dr. Lawrence Wilkes, Pastor, Educator, Networking Expert. Lawrence brings a wealth of expertise to the Institute. He is Pastor Emeritus at the Crystal Cathedral where he served as Dean at the Robert Schuller School of Preaching. In this capacity, he developed the California Graduate School of Theology and trained thousands to pastors to fulfill their highest calling. He served Crystal Cathedral as interim Pastor during their difficult transition. He has helped to develop numerous seminaries and currently serves as president of California Leadership University and Vice President of California Pacific School of Theology.

Dr. Sandra Herron, Professor, Pastor and Communications Coach. Sandra has degrees in Psychology, Speech Pathology, and Theology. She trained thousands of pastors as faculty in the Robert Schuller School of Preaching. She has expertise with church support programs, including singles, lay development, and grief recovery. She is a speech coach, life coach, and therapist.

Sharon Marshall Lockett, Author, Educator, and Speaker. Sharon is founder and director of Lockett Learning Systems, home to the exemplary SCORE program which she developed. In addition to being a recognized business professional, Sharon brings the perspective of talented laity who volunteer to further the mission of the church. She has experience in Sunday School teaching, youth leadership, womens’ ministry, and care ministry. For twenty years, she served as volunteer leader of the Divorce and Grief Recovery program at Crystal Cathedral. You can view her website at


Persons desiring to improve their preaching and leadership skills are invited to apply. Enrollment is limited. Before anyone may enroll in the other workshops, someone from your congregation must attend the preaching and leadership intensive offered June 27-30, 2017.


Transform your local church AND earn your next degree. Ask us about transferring your prior experience into college credit.


This start-up year, credit unit cost is scholarshipped. You can earn units toward your next degree for only $75 per unit. This summer, join the Fast Track to your next degree. Earn 4 units in just one week for $300.


Persons actively involved in ministry but not wishing to work toward a degree are welcome to attend and are charged the same tuition as those who wish to earn 4 units of credit. No visitors are allowed in classes during the session. However, the Orange area is near Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and the lovely Southern California beaches. Families can enjoy the area during the day, and participants will have evenings free.



Travel and accommodations are the sole responsibility of participants.

John Wayne (SNA) and Long Beach (LGB) airports are approximately 35 minutes away. Los Angeles (LAX) and Ontario (ONT) airports are approximately 75 minutes away.


Doubletree Hotel, 100 The City Drive S., Orange, CA 92868; 714-634-4500
Ayers Hotel, 200 N. The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868; 714-919-7940

Workshops Delivered By Michael E. Gerber Coming Soon!