learn how to launch and LEAD A community on mission

In this Onboarding Class, you will learn the ins and outs of Communities on Mission. Through 5 lessons, which you can work through in your group, or at your own pace, we will teach you everything you need to know to launch and lead a Community on Mission.


You will understand and appreciate the bigger WHY behind Communities on Mission while at the same time get a step-by-step guide to help you launch and lead a Community on Mission.

The class consists of 6 videos and 13 supporting documents.


This Class is for church ministry leaders or other lay people who are looking for ways to engage the community around them and re-engage those within their churches who are no longer interested in ‘church as usual.’


topics covered in the ONBOARDING class



Dr. Philip Zimmermann

Founder Church in Action

Dr. Philip Zimmerman is the co-founder and pastor of Church in Action. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Philip is known for strategic thinking and creative problem solving. He is a social entrepreneur, pastor and church planter who has started and led many churches, non-profits, and businesses.

Philip received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from European Nazarene College, a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University, a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. When he is able, Philip teaches university courses in leadership and spiritual formation and speaks at leadership conferences around the globe. Philip has written two books: Problem Solving and Creativity and Time Management.

He loves to read in coffee shops, is working on his golf game to become a single-digit handicap, and his exclamation of choice when cut off while driving is “Aardvark” (yes, he means the animal).

Personal Motto: If you have a problem, solve it. If you cannot solve it, give it to God.

Dr David Sharpes Portrait

Dr. David Sharpes

Director of the Center for Applied Learning

Dr. David Sharpes has been a local church pastor and district superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene since 1989, serving from Philadelphia to Phoenix and a couple of points between. He married Carol on June 15, 1985. They have two children, Jonathan, his wife Katelyn, and son Campbell, who live in Nashville, TN, and a daughter, Hannah that lives in Olathe, KS.

Dave is a graduate of Mid-America Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. His passion is to join the activity of Jesus in the world, bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to this earth. Currently, Dave is a Professor of Evangelism and Christian Witness and Director of Praxis at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

Personal Motto: (With God) It’s never too late to dream a new dream or imagine a new destination.


Dr Jim G Cooper Portrait

Dr. Jim G Cooper

Head Coach of the Center for Applied Learning

Dr. Jim Cooper has served as youth pastor, lead pastor, global missionary, and District Superintendent both in Brazil and the United States. His most recent pastoral assignment was 13 years as Lead Pastor for The Point~Church of the Nazarene in San Jose, CA. The Point was an innovative response to ministry in a city with 53 language groups and no majority population. The Point effectively functioned with seven language-based congregations and 22 nationalities.

An advocate of Kingdom impact through church health and missional church focus, Jim has participated in some of the most effective local church experiences.  He resonates with the statement of Catherine Booth, “There is no changing the future without disturbing the present”.

Jim’s years of formal preparation focused on Political Science, Sociology, Old Testament, Theology and Parish Ministry.  He received his AB in Sociology and MA in Old Testament from Southern Nazarene University, Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Graduate Seminary. 

Jim resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Betty (Pittenger), and enjoys his California family: daughter Kristan, son-in-law Mike and five grandchildren.

Personal Motto: Humankind’s most binding prison is self-focus; but thanks be to God, Christ sets prisoner’s free!


Ed Dean

Director of Church in Action USA

Ed Dean is the Director of Church in Action USA. Born in Cincinnati, OH, Ed spent the first 27 years of his carreer in Sales and Marketing as the Senior VP of Sales for Westinghouse Lighting and seven years as the Senior VP of Marketing for Dorman Products. In 2004, Ed left the marketplace to serve as an executive pastor and has served at three churches.

Ed has a degree in Sales and Marketing from Cincinnati State Technical College, Graduate School of Sales and Marketing Certificate from Syracuse University, and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Ed is also a certified church consultant and has a Certification in Spiritual Direction.

Ed and his wife Vickie live in Phoenix and have two adult children: Kristopher, and his wife Samantha, located in Queens, NYC; and Kelsey, located in Phoenix. Ed enjoys being an instigator of challenge , and great food, including Skyline Chili and Gates BBQ.

Personal Motto: “The root of all our personal and emotional difficulties is a lack of togetherness…” – Dr Larry Crabb

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