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

   Convergence, formerly The Center for Progressive Renewal, supports the reshaping of organizations, congregations and leaders engaged in an age of movement from “organized religion” to “organizing religion” driven by the values of an inclusive, progressive theological vision for a more just world for all. The Michigan Conference works with Convergence to support vitality in local congregations. 


courageous faith summit

The Michigan Conference UCC has purchased a Lifetime Access; please use the link below to your own virtual gathering of people, of faith and moral conscience:

Important Instructions:

  • Follow the link above
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page 
  • Click "Enroll in Course for $249 FREE"
  • Fill out Form
  • Enter Code:  2020SUMMIT4EVER


   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.
  • 2021 Vitality Awards - The Vitality awards are offered by the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ through its Vital Growth Mission Area Team (VGMAT).  Your church or UCC ministry group can request a grant of up to $5,000 to support your project or ministry. Deadline to apply is September 15, 2021.
    Visit the link below for more information and view the Vitality Awards Proposal Details and Cover Letter.

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:



Upcoming 2021 Meeting dates

September 30 @ 10:00 a.m.





Contact Us

5945 Park Lake Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

P.O. Box 1006
East Lansing, MI 48826

Voice: 517.332.3511

Fax: 517.339.2621

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