Shift Network is a year-long process of training and coaching for local churches that focuses on five areas of faith development: Worship, Hospitality, Discipleship, Service, and Generosity.
Face-to-face training and phone coaching sessions are led by Phil Maynard and his team of high caliber church leaders.
This from a pastor who has participated: "Shift provides an intentional process for looking at where you are and
where you are going. This has given Thornton Heights an opportunity to take honest inventory of ministry in several areas. It is bringing to light areas for improvement that were not on the horizon." – Kathleen Towns, Pastor, Thornton Heights UMC, ME.
From a lay participant: “For many years I have been skeptic about religious training courses and whether they really change anything. I have found the SHIFT training quite different. I think that Phil Maynard has really thought through each of these SHIFTS. He presents his material well and in an interesting manner and has the background experience to back it up. And having to set goals and be accountable for them makes participants responsible to stay engaged. … Certainly for me (and I'm not a really outgoing person), I have been more focused on being welcoming to new people, and we have made it a point to publicize our intention of this at all church meetings.” – Nancy King, Leominster United Methodist Church.
Suncook UMC in New Hampshire started new small groups and events and enhanced their worship design. Read what they had to say about the Shift Network process here.
Applications are now being accepted for the Shift Network process that is running from May 2016 to April 2017. Participation is limited to 12 churches. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2016.
Click here for a PDF application or