We have equipping and training materials for:

  • church health and revitalization
  • Bible study and presentation enhancement
  • leadership training for pastors, staff and lay leaders
  • evangelism strategy development
  • missions partnerships and training
  • conflict resolution
  • pastor search committee training

We provide many different services such as:

  • assistance in preparation of flyers and mailers
  • demographic analysis of your church field
  • gathering and compiling annual church statistics


Our Lending Library is free of charge. Items may be checked out for 3 weeks (more, if approved prior to checkout). We have DVD Bible study kits, small group studies, teacher training materials, marriage enrichment, parenting helps, outreach and evangelism tools, church health and revitalization resources, administrative materials, student and children resources.  There are also resources for church planters, deacons, co-vocational pastors and tools for apologetics and bible storying, plus an array of DVDs for training and entertainment. (See list: Book and DVD Library)

block party trailer newBLOCK PARTY TRAILER

Our block party trailer is equipped with carnival-type food machines, tables, chairs, EZ Up tents, coolers, games, and more. (See list: Block Party Trailer Contents) A sound system is also available.

Call or email us to reserve these resources, made available by the cooperative effort of the member churches of your association.


Online Training



Harvest Ministries is committed to helping people know God and make Him known. That is why they have developed a free online course called Tell Someone—taught by pastor, author, and evangelist Greg Laurie.

Click here to get signed up


training courses
Below is a list of the training courses/modules that Dr. Tracy is certified to teach or those that he has created and presented. Each course will be presented in a manner specifically geared to meet the needs of your church. Most can be taught in a short setting (1-2 hours), but some require a retreat/workshop setting that demands multiple hours. Let Dr. Tracy know if you are interested in more information or to schedule one of these training opportunities.  (Most courses are taught through interactive study and multimedia presentations.)
 1.  Assimilation — finding people and keeping them
 2.  Building a Better Sunday School
 3.  The Cost of True Discipleship
 4.  Friendship/Relationship Evangelism
 5.  How We Got the Bible and Which Translation is Best
 6.  Know What You Believe
 7.  Congregational Life Cycles
 8.  Making a Good First Impression
 9.  Perceptions — how to keep from confusing them with facts or truth
10. Priorities God’s Way
11. Sharing My Faith without an Argument
12. Stewardship of Life — the process of managing another’s property
13. The Art of War — spiritual warfare
14. The Power of the Spoken Word
15. Victorious Family Living — rearing godly kids in an ungodly world
16. Victory over Sin
17. Visioning — based on Malphurs’ Developing a Vision in the 21st Century
18. Worship — how does God want us to worship Him?
19. Practicing Praise Perfectly — utilizing the Hebrew words for praise
20. Pastor Search Committee Training
21. Conflict Resolution — turning conflicts into opportunities
22. Discipleship Planning
23. How to be a Healthy Church
24. The Practical Basics of “How to Direct Music”
25. How to Change Music Styles without having to Change Churches
26. Developing a Mission, Vision, Purpose Statement
27. Church Readiness Assessment — ready for change? Really?
28. Church Restoration/Revitalization Process
29. Dealing with Secularism and its Influence on the Church
30. Potential Worker Training (an apprenticeship process)
31. Prepare and Enrich — Premarital and marriage workshop
31. Creative Thinking or Critical Thinking – how to have forward thinking



CO-VOCATIONAL PASTOR RESOURCES             Uniquely Bivocational

The role of a bi-vocational pastor is unique. Training videos and other materials are available through our office.

Additional resources:



four steps to revitalizing your churchThrough God’s power, revitalization in your church is possible.

Four Steps to Revitalizing Your Church video training course includes:
• more than seven hours of step-by-step training & instruction
• downloadable notes and practical examples
• simple and immediate steps you can take to see results of revitalization and gain momentum going forward.

Learn at your own pace. You can take your entire church staff or leadership team through the consultation videos on your time table and at your convenience.

Learn wherever you are. All videos can be played on any internet-connected device. Watch on your phone, tablet, or computer. No special equipment or software needed.

Contact the association office for more details.



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