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 training events. These follow up events for graduates of ICD are also open to any clergy or laity with a passion for starting new ministries. The trainers will be provided by Discipleship Ministries and Path 1.

  • 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. Register at by April 26.
  • 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. Register at by July 2.
  • 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. Register at by September 10.
  • 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. Register at by November 5.

Visit an event’s registration site to learn more details, or you can download the flyer to learn more about all four events.