Church Planting 1.0
Church Planting 1.0, a five-week online learning opportunity, will provide a comprehensive overview in progressive church planting for people exploring starting a new church. This course will cover:
• Week One: Shaping Vision and Mission
• Week Two: Church Planting: The Basic Process
• Week Three: Fundraising and Stewardship
• Week Four: Networking in the 21st Century
• Week Five: Writing a Ministry Plan
The course begins on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7 p.m. EASTERN time with a one-time, all-class conference call. After this, the course is "a-synchronous," meaning each week's work is completed according to the participant's individual schedule. There is no specific time each week when the class is held. Written lectures, PowerPoint presentations and videos all are accessed online any time during the week. Additional books and resources also will be assigned. Each week, forums will be offered for students to interact with each other and the instructor about issues related to that week's material. Finally, weekly reflection papers submitted to the instructor will demonstrate the student's understanding of the material. Presenting the material in an online course is the cutting edge of technology and learning.
At the conclusion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion. CE credit is also available through our partnership with the Pacific School of Religion.
This course includes a 100 page e-Book on the basics of progressive church planting!
For more information or to register click here.
Church Planting 2.0
Church Planting 2.0, a five-week online learning opportunity. Created by a team of church planting practitioners, Church Planting 2.0 is focused on the post-launch experience of starting a church. Church Planting 1.0 is a prerequisite.
This course will cover:
• Week One: Ready, Fire, Aim - What to do when the plan doesn't work.
• Week Two: Leadership and Conflict - Leading through change
• Week Three: Practical Planting - Finding meeting space, setting up a database and creating a marketing strategy
• Week Four: Financial Sustainability - Building longer term financial support
• Week Five: Worship and Preaching - Preaching to Post-Moderns
The course begins on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. EASTERN time with a one-time, all-class conference call. And like our Church Planting 1.0 this course course is "a-synchronous," meaning each week's work is completed according to the participant's individual schedule. At the conclusion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion. CE credit is also available through our partnership with the Pacific School of Religion.
For more information or to register click here.
New and Renewing Church Funding
Please go to our website: www.ucc.org/grow-your-church
New Church Grant Benefit Support Program
The New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches grant program of the United Church of Christ seeks to enact the Vision, Mission, and Purpose by investing in programs and ministries which live into the ethos of the United Church of Christ’s becoming. Ministries that are meant to be sustaining, as well as ministries that are meant to be impactful for a particular time and place, are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded based on how the ministries are impacting their local communities in alignment with the Vision, Mission, and Purpose of the UCC.
For more information about 2017’s process, as well as those who were awarded, please see a special report here:
New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches 2017 Grant Report: Innovation and Inspiration: What’s New in the UCC?!
Apply for a Grant
Apply now for a New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant
Due: September 7th, 2018, 5pm EST.
In case of technological difficulties with the website, we recommend that you answer first in a word document and copy and paste your questions into the application above. For your convenience, a document with the short answer questions is available for download, here. Please note: Only applications completed in SmarterSelect will be considered.
The New and Renewing Grants can be matching UP TO $40,000; or UP TO $20,000, non-matching.
DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS
This grant is available to faith communities affiliated with the United Church of Christ. If the applicant is not a Member in Discernment or UCC minister in good standing, a UCC accountability structure must be described and agreed upon through the local conference or committee on ministry.
The first thing applicants should do is determine who will serve as references for this application. References MUST be in before you can "submit" the application. See the application linked above for details.
Each community and/or applicant is eligible for up to $100,000 grant lifetime, from this program.
If awarded, coaching will be a requirement for grant recipients.
Applicants have the option to join in webinars to ask questions communally and learn specifically how to prepare their applications. Register to receive zoom links by emailing CasaGrants@ucc.org
The webinars will be available on the following dates/times:
Preparing SMART Goals and working with a budget: July 25th 3:30-5pm EST
General FAQs: August 13th, 3:30-5pm EST