The Institute of Congregational Development is a comprehensive, year-long leadership development opportunity for those leaders ready to take their ministry to the next level. This year, the New Ministries Strategy Board and the office of Congregational Development will be offering four follow up events to graduates of ICD. These training events are also open to other clergy and laity with passion for starting new ministries. The trainers will be provided by Discipleship Ministries and Path 1.

The four training events are listed below. Download the flyer for more details on each event. To register, contact Rev. Jorge Luis Mayorga, Director of Congregational Development, by phone (1-888-240-7328) or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Strategies and Strengths Discovery Day for Planting New Ministries: Participants will learn how to take ownership of their personal talents and strengths as they discern which Church Planting Strategy is best for their unique ministry context and their unique blend of talents and strengths. This full day training event will be on May 7, 2019 at Madison Bashford UMC. Registration cost of $100 includes your Discovery workbook, CliftonStrengths Assessment and Church Planting Strategies workbook.
  • First Twelve: In this training, combined with a year of practical coaching follow-up, you will learn the skills, habits and lifestyle practices that will give your new vision the best chance of launching with a team of 12 committed leaders. This two-day training will be on July 9 and 10, 2019 at Tomah: First UMC. Registration cost is $30.
  • Pioneering Missional Communities: Pioneering Missional Communities is especially focused on planting teams looking at a missional community, spiritual entrepreneurship Fresh Expressions and asset-based community development models of church planting. This two-day training event will be on September 17 and 18, 2019 at Neenah Faith UMC. Registration cost is $30.
  • Launchpad: In an effort to provide training reflective of planting experiences with more missional approaches, we offer a year-long process for planters and their teams called Launchpad. These events mark the beginning of the process. This training event will be from November 12 – 14, 2019 at Verona Sugar Rivers UMC.