The Office of Congregational Development and the New Ministries Strategy Board continually work to support the development of new ministries within the Wisconsin Conference. Learn more about two of their recent training events to support church planters, Pioneering Missional Communities and the Coaching Program for New Ministries.
Pioneering Missional Communities
The Pioneering Missional Communities Training Event took place on November 8-9 at Neenah: Faith UMC. Pioneering Missional Communities focuses on planting teams looking at a missional community, spiritual entrepreneurship Fresh Expressions, and asset based community development models of church planting. Pioneering new communities of faith requires imagination, creativity and innovation. It requires adaptability, discipline, and the ability to organically grow friendships, build networks, and embrace collaboration. Blazing new trails while building community is an art of building on the strengths in a community, building income for sustainability and viability.
The facilitators of the training event came from PATH1: Rev. Bener Agtarap, Rev. Rachel Gilmore and Rev. Sharon Williams.
Coaching Program for New Ministries in the Wisconsin Conference
The program will last for six months. The objective is to train and prepare the participants of this group to coach church planters and ministry innovators.
The facilitators of this training program are Rev. Paul Nixon and Rev. Beth Estock from the Epicenter Coaching Group.