Fresh Expression House of Studies

The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center honors the legacy of Bishop Bruce Ough, who guided and supported creative ministries through his ministry as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Launched in honor of his retirement, the Innovation Center also continues United Theological Seminary’s commitment to providing innovative theological education. Bishop Ough continues to serve the Church as Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops.

The Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center provides learning opportunities to resource church leaders and congregations with creative, practical, effective tools for unleashing God’s Church as the spiritual movement of Jesus Christ. One of the core initiatives is an 18-month congregational renewal cohorts for pastors and lay teams centered on breakthrough prayer and equipping possibilities. Pastors will also have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree at United with a project tied to the work their church is doing in their Innovation Center cohort. The Innovation Center also offers webinars, events, and online resources throughout the year to go beyond the trends and share what innovative church leaders are actually doing about them. The goal of the center is to become a hub of innovation.

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey – Director

[email protected] | 937.529.2321

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey is the Center’s inaugural director. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Kibbey shares her passions for breakthrough prayer, missional movements and spiritual renewal as a speaker, coach and congregational consultant. For the past 10 years, she has served as Director of the Office of Missional Church Development for the West Ohio Conference of The UMC.


To learn more about the Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center or to become an Innovation Center Partner, please contact:

Sue Nilson Kibbey – Director
[email protected]

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Upcoming Events

Worship & Preaching in Post-Covid 19

October 19, 2022 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST

A seminar with special guest Dr. Byoung Sam Kim, senior pastor of Manna Church in South Korea, focusing on two concerns: ‘How will we persuade those who hear our message to live according to what they hear?’ and ‘How will we design the overall worship service to make this persuasion possible?’.

Emotionally Intelligent Teamwork: Navigating Anxious Times with Rev. John McGill

FOUR Thursday sessions online: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 2022 | 10:30am to 12pm EST

What is “EQ”? It’s Emotional Intelligence.

Just learning ministry strategies and tactics won’t lead to success without an emotionally healthy leader and team.

These crucial, game-changing four sessions will provide the “basics” of EQ, plus eye-opening user-friendly tools for self-awareness and self-management. You and your team will find yourselves better able to maintain ease during conflict and anxiety situations. You’ll add creativity, adaptability, resiliency and peace to your daily ministry. You’ll learn how to uncover the “hidden agenda” of the emotions and fears truly driving your church. Best of all, emotional intelligence can enable you and your team to lead past your greatest obstacles.

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