Vital Growth Mission Team

The Vital Growth Mission Area Team's mandate will focus on UCC identity, local church evangelism, member retention, parish revitalization, new church starts, marketing and advertising.  The Vitality and Growth Mission Area Team (or MAT) will assume the responsibilities formerly entrusted to the Commission for Church Development and the Communications Committee.VGMAT Logo smaller

Facilitator:  Rev. Mike Cooper

Conference Staff person: Rev. Cheryl Burke

Purpose:  Making Space for the Transforming Love of God


The Michigan Conference’s Vital Growth Mission Area Team supports the growth of faithful vitality in your congregation and spurs the growth of new churches in our midst. Here are a number of resources available to your existing congregation or new church start vision:


The Vital Growth Mission Area Team has worked with and developed a number of resources over the past few years.  Descriptions and websites for these resources may be found in the VGMAT Toolbox .

Growth/Revitalization Resources

   Center for Progressive Renewal provides a wealth of coaching, consulting and training services for church vitality and new church starts. See more about how the Michigan Conference works with CPR to support vitality in local congregations. 

   The Center for Parish Development provides resources and consulting to transform churches for the sake of God’s mission. 

   Clergy Leadership Institute and Voyle and Voyle Consulting provide coaching, training and resources for church transformation. 

   GraceNet provides research, coaching and consulting in the effective spiritual leadership of new and revitalizing congregations. 

   MissionInsite can provide your church a wealth of statistical information about your community that supports your plan for growth and change.

How To Register

        New Mapping Registration

   The United Church of Christ’s Congregational Vitality Team offers a wealth of free, downloadable resources.

Conference Programs & Grants

  • New Beginnings program for small churches considering a fresh start for ministry in their communities.
  • Grants from the Bertha C. Dayton Fund are awarded annually for assisting rural, small town or village churches in Michigan and supporting their pastors and families.
        Click HERE for the Bertha Dayton Fund Application.
  • Vitality or Innovation Awards - The VGMT offers a Vitality or Innovation award of up to $5,000 to support an innovative or new ministry. We would like to encourage small churches to apply for this grant to support new or needed ideas. Applications are due by September 15, 2020 and can be obtained from the Conference office or by clicking HERE.

Teachers & Thinkers

   Author Anthony Robinson serves as speaker, teacher and coach in the area of church renewal and vitality. 

• Author, speaker and teacher Diana Butler Bass provides insight about the larger cultural trends affecting the church.


New Churches 

   Church Development Start Up Kit. Please contact Lisa Soulliere This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your own free kit.

Upcoming Church Vitality Events:

2020 Vitality Day!
April 25, 2020  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Registration 9:30 a.m.
Fee:  $15 (includes a lunch of assortment of subs, chips & soda)


Upcoming 2020 Meeting dates - @ 10A.M. (meetings take place at the Conference office)

April 30
July 30
October 29




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East Lansing, MI 48823

P.O. Box 1006
East Lansing, MI 48826

Voice: 517.332.3511

Fax: 517.339.2621

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