Training Events

Congregational Development offers a number of training opportunities for churches and individuals. Here are some of what's on offer:

The first twelve people to join you in starting a new ministry, new church, or new faith community will set the tone and shape for the future, set the pattern for replicating leadership, and begin a cascade of invitation.First 12 is a two-day training event designed to help you gather and grow the first twelve committed, core people. Combined with a year of practical coaching follow-up, you will learn the skills, habits, and lifestyle practices that will give your new vision the best chance of launching with a team of twelve committed leaders.

The training, led by Path 1, is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6, 2016. Learn more and register.

Shift Network 

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.

Growing with Hope

"Growing with Hope" is a year-long learning community for church teams offered by HopeGateWay, a United Methodist community in Portland, ME, in partnership with the New England Conference Office of Congregational Development.
Church teams of four to six persons each, including the pastor, are invited to apply to participate in the program. The deadline is June 1, 2016, and the first session is Friday to Sunday, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. A maximum of eight churches will be invited to participate.