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					      Overview  
Church Development 2012
                                    David Schoen
Changing Lives
UCC Bold, Inspirational Goals 
           (BIGs)
    Church Development & BIGs

l Church Development, both New Church 
  Planting and Church Renewal are 
  connected to all the  BIGs
l Church and Leadership Development 
  are especially involved in #2, 3, & 4
l   2. There is a welcoming UCC community of faith that is accessible to all — no 
    matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey.
l   3. Every UCC member is well-equipped to be growing in faith, be theologically 
    conversant, and be active in the global mission of the church.
l   4. The UCC has a wealth of prepared, excellent leaders that reflect the diversity 
    of God’s beloved community.
            Looking Back to 2005

l                                               God is Still Speaking               
                                                Initiative has shown us  
                                                that the field is ready.
                                               There has been a great 
                                                response of people 
    looking for a church like the United Church of Christ.

l   The Stillspeaking Initiative and General Synod 
    generated enthusiasm for new church planting and for 
    existing congregations to join the UCC in witness to 
    God’s extravagant welcome.
How Can the UCC Respond to this Kairos 
Moment for  New Church Development?



l   Our response to this Kairos moment in 
    the United Church of Christ calls for a 
    focused cooperative effort between 
    congregations, associations, 
    conferences, organizations, national 
    ministries, and seminaries to increase 
    our capacity for planting and 
    welcoming new congregations.
       Now is the Time! – 2005 
    Consultation, Suggestions, Goals

l Nurture a church culture that embraces 
  and engages in New Church 
  Development
l Create systems that recognize, recruit, 
  assess, train and coach new church 
  planters.
l Encourage and empower 
  Congregational Multiplication. 
l Prepare for increased outreach and 
  welcome of Affiliating Congregations.
    Now is the Time! Outcomes
l   New Church Planter Assessment,Training & Coaching

l   New Church Planter Assessment
l        Gallup Assessment – 306 interviewees
l   New and Renewing Church Training  660 participants
      l New Church Leadership Institute 2007
l   Center for Progressive Renewal  2010
l   To renew Progressive Christianity by training new
    entrepreneurial leaders, supporting the birth of new
    liberal/progressive congregations, and by renewing
    and strengthening existing progressive churches
          Center for Progressive 
                Renewal
l   New Church Leadership Training
    l   National Church Leadership Institute
    l   Online Courses - 260 participants
    l   Weekly Webinars 
    l   Events in 30 Conferences
    l   New Church Planter Certification 
l   New Church Planter Coaching
    l   Individual Coaching and Coach Share
         l 110 participants

    l   Conference Coaching Programs
           Church Multiplication
l   Growth in Churches Birthing Churches
    l   Iglesia Hispana de la Communidad UCC, Jamaica Plains MA
    l   Mayflower UCC, Naples FL
    l   Trinity UCC, Chicago IL - 3
    l   Cathedral of Hope UCC, Dallas TX – 3
    l   City of Refuge UCC, San Francisco CA  - Fellowship
    l   United Church of Chapel Hill, NC - Hispanic
    l   Judson Memorial, NY, NY - Korean
    l   Freidens Peace UCC, Geronimo TX
    l   First Congregational, Huntington WV
    l   Harold O. Davis UCC, Philadelphia PA
    l   Claremont UCC, CA -  New generation
    l   Riverside UCC, NY, NY – Korean
    l   Samoan Congregations Congregations, Long Beach CA
         Church Multiplication

l   CPR is working with 4 Conferences to 
    create Multiplication Networks In their 
    settings: 
    l  Minnesota Conference 
     l Southeast Conference 
     l Central Atlantic Conference
     l Southwest Conference 
l   Wrote a Churches Birthing Churches Manual 
    to use as a resource by the churches starting 
    this process.
     Big, Huge, Audacious Goal 
               2005
l   If we wish to see the extravagant welcome 
    of Jesus and the still speaking witness of the 
    United Church of Christ continue and grow 
    we will work to increase new church 
    development.

l   Denominations that are growing are starting 
    and welcoming 2% - 3 % of total 
    congregations each year. 

l   The UCC could grow to 3% in 15 years
         A 15 Year Challenge to Grow
                  Total         Percent        Percent      New          Successful New             Net New
  Year            Congregatio       Loss           Incre   Congregatio       Congregatio   Losses    Congregatio
                      ns             es             ase     ns Started          ns (*)                   ns


  2006            5,750         1.50%           0.5%        29                26            86        -60
  2007            5,690         1.50%           0.5%        28                26            85        -60
  2008            5,630         1.20%           0.5%        28                25            68        -42
  2009            5,588         1.00%           1.0%        56                50            56        -6
  2010            5,582         0.75%           1.0%        56                50            42         8
  2011            5,590         0.75%           1.0%        56                50            42         8
  2012            5,599         0.75%           1.5%        84                76            42        34
  2013            5,632         0.75%           1.5%        84                76            42        34
  2014            5,666         0.75%           2.0%       113                102           42        59
  2015            5,726         0.75%           2.0%       115                103           43        60
  2016            5,786         0.75%           2.0%       116                104           43        61
  2017            5,847         0.75%           2.5%       146                132           44        88
  2018            5,934         0.75%           2.5%       148                134           45        89
  2019            6,023         0.75%           3.0%       181                163           45        117
  2020            6,141         0.75%           3.0%       184                166           46        120
  2021            6,260         0.75%           3.0%       188                169           47        122
Total New Congregations                                    1612                                       633
            How Are We Doing?

l        Now is the Time Goal of 
  250 New Churches from 2006 – 2011
l 174 New Congregations from 
  2006- 2011 were celebrated at GS
    l   21 now gone or closed  (12%)
         l 17 closed
         l  4 left process of affiliating

l 153 active new churches
l  26 Conferences with new churches
          New Congregations 
             2006 - 2011

l   What were the 174 new congregations?
    l 83 Affiliating congregation    (48%)
    l 73 New Church Plants           (42%)
    l 18 Multiplications             (10%)


l   60 congregation ONA spirited (34%)
       New Churches in 26 
          Conferences

l   These Six Conferences 
           50% of New Congregations
      l 24 Southern California Nevada
      l 15 Northern California Nevada
      l 14 Central Atlantic
      l 12 Hawaii
      l 11 Ohio
      l 11 Southeast
          New Churches and 
            Conferences
l  Add these Eleven Conferences 
   89% of New Churches in 17 Conferences 
    l   8 Massachusetts 
    l   8 Southwest Conference
    l   8 New York
    l   7 South Central 5 Indiana Kentucky
    l   6 Kansas Oklahoma 
    l   6 Florida
    l   6 Missouri Midsouth
    l   6 Southern
    l   5 Illinois 
    l   4 Rocky Mountain
    l   4 Pennsylvania Southeast
        New Churches and 
          Conferences
l   9 Conferences with 1 or 2 new churches
     l 2 Penn Central
     l 2 Wisconsin
     l 2 Iowa (one with South Dakota)
     l 1 Maine
     l 1 Michigan
     l 1 Montana Northern Wyoming
     l 1 Penn Northeast
     l 1 Connecticut

l   12 Conferences no new churches (32%)
    Conferences with designated 
     church development staff

l   14 Conferences have designated church 
    development staff 
    (37% of Conferences)

    l MA, NY, CT, 
    l PSE, PC, FL, 
    l MI, OH, IL, WI, MOMS, 
    l MN, SCNC, NCNC (?) 
           New Churches in UCC reflect 
             new diversity and new 
             populations our nation 

In 1957 ……
new churches in the
UCC were 92% Euro-
American


In 1997…...
66% of new churches
are congregations
reflecting and reaching
diversity of American
population
      New Churches reflect USA 
    diversity and new populations 

l   From 2006 – 2011

l   Hispanic     12%
l   M/M            1%
l   African Am    11%
l   Asian Am      30%
l   Euro Am       47%
    New and Renewing Church 
          LCM Funding
l   100 congregations and 3 conferences were 
    funded by LCM from 2006 – 2011  
    l   New and Renewing congregations      $3,673,999.00
    l   Conferences Funded                       600,000.00
l    Grand total                             $4,273,999.00
 
l   Breakdown of the 100 congregations is as follows:
    l   70 New Churches
    l   29 Renewing Churches
    l   32 Churches (Euro-American)
    l   68 Churches  (Hispanic, African American, M/M,            
                             Asian American, Pacific Islander) 
 Funding for New Congregations

l   LCM New and Renewing Funds
    l $500,000 each year in LCM budget
    l New and Renewing Churches Endowment
    l OCWM/STC

l   Make A Difference endowment
    l   $18,000 a year
l Conferences Funds 
l Strengthen the Church 
  Special Mission Offering
    New Church Benefit Support

l New Church Benefit Support Program is 
  offered by the UCC Assistance Board 
  thru CVD/LCM.
l Provides funding for up to three years 
  for Benefit programs of Pension Board

l   27 Congregations supported with 
    $363,574 from 2009 - 2012
                       How are We Doing?
                        Do the UCC Math
Churches Gained                                             2006      2007   2008   2009   2010             total 
Planted & affiliated                                             18     16     13     15      20               82
Merger                                                            4      4      3      3        4              18
Sched 1/ 2 or reinstated with standing                            3      1      2      2                         8
Total                                                            25     21     18     20      24              108
                                                                                                                 0
New Proposed congs w/o standing                                  10     15     19     10        3              57
                                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
Churches Gone                                                                                        
Closed                                                           19     29     30     21      32              131
Merger                                                            8      6      4      7        4              29
Dropped                                                           2      2      1      0      14               19
Withdrew                                                     111      *125     40     25      34              210
Total                                                        140       162     75     53      84              514
                                                                                                     
Closed proposed congs w/o standing                                3    **7      7      3        7              27
Sched 1/2 dropped                                                 3     17      3      3        7              33
                                                                                                     


Net Change                                                  -115      -141    -57    -33     -60             -406


* Puerto Rico Conference withdraw, including their 66 churches
         How are we doing?
           Do the math

l   174 new congregations represents a 
    growth of 3.3% from 2006 – 2010

l 514 congregations closed or withdrew 
  represents a decline of 9.9% in the 
  same time
l 5,194 UCC congregations, yesterday 
          Going Forward

How do we work together to double new
congregations from 174 to 300 – 500 in the
next five years?          What’s working?
    CVD Purpose and Focus – Bigs 
                       Picture
To increase welcoming, accessible and vital UCC Congregations 
which engage/equip members as well as spiritual seekers to 
grow in faith and missional discipleship.
          CVD’s Relationship with 
       Center for Progressive Renewal
CVD’s Purpose: To increase welcoming, accessible and vital UCC 
Congregations which engage/equip members as well as spiritual seekers 
to grow in faith and missional discipleship.
                                  IN-SOURCE
                          New Church Planter and 
                          Renewing Pastor
                          Assessment  à
                          Coaching & Trainingà
                          Webinars & Coursesà
                          Church Consultantsà 
                          NewTimes Magazineà
                          ßWork with Conference 
                          Partnersà
                          ßFunding for CPR
                          ßAdvertising for CPR
                          ßScholarships for Events 
                          and Courses


CPR’s Purpose: To renew Progressive Christianity by training new entrepreneurial
leaders, supporting the birth of new liberal/progressive congregations, and by
renewing and strengthening existing progressive churches
   CVD Purpose and Focus – BIGs 
To increase welcoming, accessible and vital UCC Congregations 
                       Picture
which engage/equip members as well as spiritual seekers to 
grow in faith and missional discipleship.

                   Vital 
                 Statistics 
                   and                            Assessment 
                 Research                          Program 
                Reports on 
                                                      For 
                  Church 
                  Growth                         Congregations




  Centers of 
  Excellence 
                                                                  Ecumenical 
    create
                                                                   Partners
   Ongoing  
  Resources


                        Best                                Church of the 
 Center for          Practices,     Interactive                Wider 
Progressive          Emerging      Networks with             Fellowship
  Renewal              Ideas       Constituencies 
                     Resources
                     First Focus for  
                          CVD Work
                      RECOMMENDATIONS
   l   Research Assessment Programs for Congregations
        l   Speak with Disciples of Christ about their New 
            Beginnings Assessment programs 
        l   Speak with Russell Crabtree, Holy Cow Consulting, 
            about assessment programs
   l   Create assessment program for congregations 
       making critical decisions about future, whether to 
       seek renewal, become legacy congregation or do 
       something radically different. (2013)
   l   Expand assessment program into multiple 
       platforms and moments for congregational use. 
   l   Congregations seeking funding would go through 
       assessment program
    Renewing Congregations
l Several Conferences engaged in 
  renewing and vitality programs
l MA, CT, SCNC involved in DOC New 
  Beginnings
l ‘From Surviving to Thriving’ program in 
  New Orleans, LCM, WCM, NO Assoc.
l Center for Progressive Renewal
     l reNew Training
     l Consultants
     l 98 Church Redeveloper Gallup Assessment 
          Going Forward

What’s working to encourage a culture of
assessment and renewal in congregations?
Continuing Testament, Extravagant Welcome, 
               Changing Lives 

				
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