Congregational Development & New Ministries

Office of Congregational Development

Imagine Wisconsin Anew!

            Through Planting New Ministries, in New Places for New People!

Is a response to the Mission of The United Methodist Church:

            “To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World”

And in response to the commission that our Lord Jesus Christ has given to his Disciples:

"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20

The Office of Congregational Development serves as a resource to the Bishop and Cabinet; coordinates conference planning for the planting of new ministries; provides training, demographic information and consultation to local churches and districts; provides administrative assistant for the Congregational Development fund; assists District Strategy Teams and the New Ministries Strategy Board in developing strategies and resources for planting new ministries.

Provides leadership and resources in the implementation of the Conference Strategy for Hispanic/Latino Ministry: Hispanic/Latino Pentecost Emergence to plant new ministries and revitalize existing Hispanic/Latino congregations in Wisconsin.

It plays a very important role in equipping clergy and laity for planting new ministries through the Institute of Congregational Development (ICD) and Instituto de Desarrollo Congregacional (IDC).

It works in collaboration with Ethnic National Plans in the effort of planting new ministries in the state of Wisconsin.

Supports and resources local congregations to become partners congregations in the process of Church Planting

Current reality regarding Congregational Development

  • Congregational Development through the New Ministries Strategy Board currently supports 25 New Ministries. This support is through Shepherding Teams, coaching, and finances.

  • In the last five Years (2014-2019) we have planted 21 New Ministries! In New Places! For New People with 21 New Planters that have been trained and equipped by the Institute of Congregational Development, Praise the Lord!



Rev. Scott Carlson
Director of Congregational Development
Wisconsin Annual Conference
750 Windsor St, Suite 202
Sun Prairie, WI 53590