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.
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/is provided services in the following areas. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us and/or check out the websites provided. Vitality Tool Box .
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.
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:
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.
The United Church of Christ’s Congregational Vitality Team offers a wealth of free, downloadable resources.
Applications will be available soon.
Church Development Start Up Kit. Please contact Lisa Soulliere email@example.com for your own free kit.
Here’s an update on some resources and good practices around closure, legacy, and merger.