Congregational Development is a holistic approach to the development and growth of a congregations ministries, participation, and impact on its community and world. Merging the studies of missions, evangelism, leadership, discipleship, and organizational development, Congregational Development seeks to extend the Gospel of Christ by supporting the work of congregations of Christians in their core tasks of making more and better disciples and having a greater and deeper impact on the world.
For information on the 2013 School of Congregational Development, visit the SOCD homepage at www.newenglandschool.org. Early registration is open now!
The Northeastern United States is about to experience a wave of new United Methodist churches – the most new faith communities that this region has seen planted in more than a century! It is a wondrous and amazing time! Conferences that planted only a few new faith communities in a decade are thinking about planting up to ten in a single year!
And yet, the NEJ is different territory from other parts of the United States. The Path 1 Team of The United Methodist Church has heard the people of the Northeast say clearly, “It is a different game up here! We cannot use planting models based in suburban communities in the South and Midwest and expect them to work here.”So... Path 1 and the congregational developers of the NEJ introduce LAUNCHPAD as a response to the unique challenge of planting new churches in the Northeast! This three day event will be held August 23 - 25, 2013, the in Harrisburgy, PA. Registration is $59 for the planter leader (and spouse if applicable) or $149 for the planter and up to 4 additional team members plus the cost of travel, lodging and some meals for the entire year's training. Register online by going to www.susumc.org/launchpad
2013 Congregational Development and Urban Ministry Grants
Please click to the Congregational Development News page to access information and nomination packets for the Together for Tomorrow and Urban Ministry Grants awarded by Congregational Development. APPLICATION DEADLINE is May 15, 2013 for these grants.
Hebrews 11 Grants
Hebrews 11 grant requests are being accepted by the Office of Congregational Development for significant development of new congregations and/or revitalization of existing United Methodist congregations. Priority will be given to new or existing congregations that serve a geographic region where a church has been closed or will reach other underserved population groups. Grant proposals are considered twice a year by the Board of Congregational and Community Development, at the Board's September and February meetings. Completed proposals are due in the Office of Congregational Development by September 1 to be considered for the September meeting, and by February 1 to be considered for the February meeting. Click here for application instructions.