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  1. Vital Church Initiative (VCI) Overview Presentation

  2. 5 Primary Components • Holistic Generosity • Leadership Excellence • Accountability with Support • Congregational Development • New Church Start Process

  3. Task Force Progress • Reviewed Other Conferences: AK, VA, LS, GA, N. TX, MO, IN • ‘Effectiveness Criteria’ & Accountability • Received ‘Call to Action’ Report • Drivers & Signs of Vitality

  4. Turnaround Leadership Vision Purposeful Inspiration - help people see beyond their self interests Character - do the right thing Cultural Competence Emotional Intelligence Empathetic Attentive to results

  5. Trust Win their hearts Authentic Admit when you are wrong Empathy Give them greater challenges

  6. Metrics Goals Benchmarks Why? Set direction Identify priorities Evaluate progress

  7. Vital Congregations What is a vital congregation? How do we measure vital congregations? Grow over time Attendance/Engage more of their people Engagement in the community

  8. Vital Congregations What are we learning? Drivers of vitality We have a lot more to learn Laity are more open to measures than clergy

  9. Vital Congregations How many vital congregations in our conference?

  10. Learn MoreCall to Action and Vital Congregations • www.westmichiganconference.org • Click on “Resources” • Click on “Vital Congregations”

  11. Fall 2010 Task Force Progress • Both Conferences continued New Church Development • Identified MO Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) • Most comprehensive & implementation ready

  12. 2011 • Pilots Initiated: Albion (SCP), Crossroads (LCP) • August, 2011 Others attended “MO training” in Indy • September, 2011 PLD begins on Lansing District • Training Modules Begin

  13. Vital Church Initiative A “process” of renewal for growing healthy and fruitful congregations in the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church.

  14. Two Paths Smaller & Larger Involving Both Laity & Clergy

  15. Overall VCI Components • Learning • Coaching • Preparation for Consultation • Compile materials • Participate in workshops

  16. Components • Consultations • Prescriptions • Coaching • Implementation

  17. 1. Radical Hospitality 2. Risk Taking Mission • Intentional Faith Development 4. Passionate Worship 5. Extravagant Generosity 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations

  18. 5 Expectations • Christ-centered • Fruitfulness • Excellence • Accountability • Collaboration

  19. Core Purpose • Develop leadership skills • Develop core competencies • Prepare pastors and churches for the weekend consultation

  20. Objectives • Become Mission-driven • Develop leadership skills • Become faithful and fruitful • Develop life-long learners • Continue the journey through VCI

  21. Strategies • Continuous peer learning • Coaching • Weekend consultation • Accountability • Laity involvement

  22. Assumptions • Healthy churches grow • Leadership is everything • Requires outside help • Creates urgency • No quick fix

  23. Smaller Church PathSCP Average Worship Attendance less than 80

  24. SCP Session Titles • Building the Case for Hope • Getting Beyond Our Church Walls • Leadership Development: The Foundation for Growth • Conflict: Co-Causal for Good • Empowering Laity Beyond Committees • Casting Vision for Missional Clarity • Developing Vision Statements & Goal Setting

  25. Purpose of Readings • Pastors & lay leaders learning together • Key concept or two expanded or augmented in monthly sessions

  26. SCP Reading Texts • VITAL SIGNS, Dan Dick • ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE, Sue NilsonKibbey • EVANGELISM IN THE SMALL MEMBERSHIP CHURCH, Royal Speidel • CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN ANXIOUS TIMES, Peter Steinke • ADVANCE STRATEGIC PLANNING, Aubrey Malphurs

  27. Larger Church Path (LCP) • Average Worship Attendance more than 80

  28. PLD OverviewPastoral Leadership Development • Four-hour Monthly sessions in 12 months • Trained Facilitator • Core curriculum/books monthly • Peer Mentoring • Develop 3 teams: prayer, vision/leadership, and assessment • Embeds “The 5 Fruitful Practices”

  29. LLD OverviewLay Leadership Development • Four-hour Monthly Sessions in 12 months • Led by a trained facilitator • Lay Leaders recommended by pastors • Pre-requisite – pastor must have taken or is currently taking the PLD course • Commitment to attend every session

  30. LCP Monthly Sessions • Orientation • Our World has Changed • Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field • Personal Leadership • Conflict: Co-Causal for Good • Focusing for Transformation • Focusing Outward • Preaching • Real Life Evangelism

  31. Pilot Experiences2011 Smaller Church Path Albion District Larger Church Path Lansing District

  32. Coaching • Monthly coaching sessions for pastor and church leaders • Trained coaches • On-site and phone coaching

  33. Benefits of coaching • Provides accountability • Keeps the church focused on the goal • Outside party to give new ideas • Maintains forward momentum • Decreases negative impact of conflicts

  34. Vital Church Initiative (VCI) Consultation prescriptions Implemented Action Plans

  35. Consultation Weekend Administrative Council or equivalent governing body votes ‘YES’

  36. Peer Mentoring

  37. Monthly Coaching • Directive • To accomplish Action Plans • 2-4 hours /month (early), then 1-2hours/mo • Across 18 months Assimilation -To apply learning -30 minutes/mo

  38. Before Weekend Consultation • Pre-Consultation workshop • MissionInsite Demographics • Mystery Worshipper • Self Study • VCI team created

  39. Consultation WeekendData • Community Demographics • Congregation Demographics • Self Study • Beliefs and Practices • Mystery Worshippers

  40. Consultation WeekendTeams Vision Prayer Leadership Assessment

  41. Consultation WeekendSelf Study • Annual Reports • Annual Budgets & Full Financial Statements • Sample Bulletins & Newsletters • Policies • Other Printed & Posted documents • Strengths, weaknesses, changes to be made…

  42. Consultation WeekendSelf Study Summary • 5 greatest Strengths • 5 most significant weaknesses • 5 desired changes • How much leaders desire growth • Willingness of leaders to make difficult decisions required

  43. Consultation WeekendPastor’s Self Study • DISC personality inventory • ‘Conflict Strategy Instrument’, DISCOVER YOUR CONFLICT MANAGEMENT STYLE by Speed Leas

  44. ConsultationWorkshops • Cultural Change: How Our World Has Changed • Assess current health of the Congregation • “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”

  45. Consultation Weekend Interviews • Pastor • at least 5 more interviews • Each Paid and Unpaid Staff Person • 3-4 key lay leaders

  46. Consultation Weekend Focus Groups • Pastor and Pastor’s Spouse • Focus Groups

  47. Consultation Weekend On-Site SCP • Saturday & Sunday LCP • Friday through Sunday

  48. Consultation Weekend Strengths Concerns Prescriptions SCP: 3 LCP: 5 Presented at Town Hall Meeting Written Report

  49. Consultation Weekend Receive Prescriptions Questions & Responses No revisions Worship and town hall meeting

  50. Prescriptions Typical Content Communication Worship & Sunday morning experience Vision Discipleship & Follow Up Process Leadership development Facilities & signage