"The death of the mainline church has been exaggerated," said the Rev. Michael Piazza, CPR co-executive director. "These new services are designed to bring wood to fires of new life that are springing up across the country and across denominational lines."
Available only through the CPR, the consultants will help local churches, associations, regions, districts, synods and conferences in areas such as: use of social media; re-creating core values, mission and strategic programming to attract a new generation; creating new styles of worship, small groups and spiritual formation that speaks to needs of a new generation; assessing and strategizing a future built on assets rather than reacting to liabilities; and streamlining structures to reduce management and enhance ministry.
In addition to Piazza and CPR co-executive director Cameron Trimble, the new senior consultants are: William McKinney, former president of Pacific School of Religion; Anthony Robinson, renowned speaker, preacher and coach; Kenneth Samuel, pastor and founder of Victory for the world, one of the UCC's largest churches; Glenna Shepherd, organizational expert, worship/music consultant and homiletics coach; Coy James, marketing, advertising and stewardship expert; and Lisa DePaz, coach, pastor and founder of Hispanic Community Church, a revived UCC new-church start in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
"Our future lies not in imitating evangelical or conservative churches," said Piazza, "but in reclaiming our prophetic voice and realizing that God has given us a future with hope."
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