Next Steps

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Vital Congregations: Next Steps is a process of training and support for Great Plains area congregations to continue their mission of moving toward greater vitality in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Congregations are eligible for the process upon nomination of the district superintendent and invitation from the Bishop.

PHASE ONE:  Spiritual Leadership Development training

Your team, consisted of the pastor(s) and three to 10 laypersons, commits to a series of five monthly training events. You will join with other Next Steps teams from your area for a livestream presentation by an outstanding speaker, followed by a time of applying what you have learned to your local community. Trained facilitators will direct this process. You also will be guided through an assessment of your local congregation and receive an individualized report to help your church target priorities for continued growth and fruitfulness.

PHASE TWO:   Coaching for Congregation and Pastor

Your team will lead the congregation to plan and implement strategies to move toward your locally identified goals. A coach will be assigned to work with your leadership for up to 18 months.  

DATES: Monthly Training Events

Phase One:  $250 per church, payable during the first half of year
Phase Two:  $500 per church, payable in following year

Rev. Evelyn Fisher,  director congregational excellence,, 316-684-0266
Rev. Jan Todd, vital congregations coordinator,, 316-684-0266