Church Development
 

Church Development

“Making disciples and transforming the world” is what we’re about! Our charge is to assist the United Methodist churches of Indiana as they make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. So, won’t you join us!

The purpose of this blog is to engage with you this exciting task. We hope to provide you with ideas, resources, and stories that will help you and others carry out our mission. On our related Facebook page will allow us to hear from you and interact with the ideas and challenges that we encounter.

So send us your story of what how God is at work in your church as it makes disciples and transforms the world. You can send it to Ed Fenstermacher at ed.fenstermacher@inumc.org.

Church Development reports gains in development, hope to establish 30 new congregations

Senior Associate Director Steve Clouse began the Church Development Team report by presenting a video about the Fruitful Congregation Journey (FCJ), a growth program for congregations. Building new generations within current churches are the adjustments we need to make. FCJ is bringing new life to churches. Not only welcoming people to churches but also bringing the church to the community.

Associate Director Ed Fenstermacher introduced a new Fruitful Congregations Journey program for churches with under 50 people in worship attendance. It’s coming this fall.

Bishop Mike Coyner emphasized the importance of FCJ in helping congregations reach out to their communities. Church Development is now working with un-churched and de-churched people. New Hispanic congregations are being launched across the state. There are 23 Hispanic pastors now studying seminary curriculum online. Riverside in New Albany and Branches in Plainfield Community Churches were featured for their new growth to younger adults.

Coyner said the more choices we can provide the more we will grow as a church.

Associate Director Sharon Washington says she said “yes” with God doing a new thing in Indiana. We are just getting started. God is asking us to move deeper into the waters by establishing 30 new congregations in Indiana by 2020 in the “exceed” campaign.

Church Development announced “exceed” to raise $1.5 million to assist in reaching new people. The ultimate mission is the make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Coyner said we are in the new church-start moment. Church Development helps tell us where the hot spots are. One dream is to start 100 new worship services or other form of community during the next year.

There are 25 new faith communities that have been created during the past 15 years. Each one of these locations are bringing vitality to new locations.

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Dave Neckers
David Neckers

Director of Church Development

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Steve Clouse
Steve Clouse

Senior Associate Director
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Ed Fenstermacher
Ed Fenstermacher

Associate Director
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Ann Handschu

Associate Director
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Sergio Reyes

Associate Director
of Church Development

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Sharon Washington
Sharon Washington

Associate Director
of Church Development

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