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UCC New Church Development Basic Planting Check List

A Guidebook for Planting New Congregations

 A Guidebook for Planting New Congregations in the United Church of Christ.
God is Still Speaking through new churches in the United Church of Christ today.

The Guidebook may be downloaded here - 

  Complete Guidebook [PDF]     
64 pages (301k)

  Table of Contents/Introduction [PDF]

  Part 1 - Seeking Leaders [PDF]
We need leaders who seek to be empowered by the Holy Spirit

  Part 2 - Stirring [PDF]
Are you utterly convinced the Holy Spirit has called you to develop a new church?

  Part 3 - Equipping [PDF]
God speaks to church planters

  Part 4 - Financing [PDF]
Building trust around money issues is important pastoral work in new church development

  Part 5 - Launching [PDF]
To claim covenantal partnership with the United Church of Christ requires an understanding of the denomination's policies and polity.

  Part 6 - Challenging [PDF]
The Body of Christ is strengthened as new churches are born in our midst

  Bibliography [PDF]

  Guidebook Bible Study Scriptures [PDF] 

  United Church of Christ Resources [PDF]

The Guidebook is a tool for:

United Church of Christ Conferences and Associations.
Committees on New Church Development.
New Church Pastors.
Potential New Church Planters
Core Group Members of a New Church Initiative.
Seminaries teaching about Evangelism and New Church Development.
Ecumenical Partners planting churches with the United Church of Christ.
And more . . .

We celebrate this new resource in the United Church of Christ! It is so timely to the The Stillspeaking Initiative. In December 2004 and January 2005, the Evangelism Ministry Team responded to the more than 320 email questions that came from the Find a Church Website.

41% of the emails came from people who could not find a church or had a question about a church in their neighborhood.

50% of those emails turned into "there is no church" in this community (21% of the total emails)

3% of the emails expressed interest in starting a new church!

The Stillspeaking Initiative has not only given great witness to a message of hope and extravagant welcome in the name of Jesus. It has given an invaluable visibility to the United Church of Christ, and it is also giving us invaluable information about the location and demand for new church development. The challenge before us is to begin communities of the still speaking God where there are none. What perfect timing for this resource and guidebook in that journey!

Use it! Order more copies for your people at United Church Press
Look for additional updates as new chapters are written.

Also Coming Soon ... Church Renewal Workbook!

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CONTACT INFO

Rev. David C. Schoen
Minister and Team Leader, Congregational Assessment, Support & Advancement (CASA)
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3827
schoend@ucc.org