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 previous years’ grantees, and information about process, please see the following special reports:
New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant Report for 2018 Awardees: Innovation and Inspiration: What’s New in the UCC?!
New Spiritual Communities and ReNewing Churches Grant Report for 2019 Awardees: https://www.ucc.org/meetingmeasuring
Apply for a Grant: Application Coming!
We have had some delay in opening the granting application for those to be awarded in 2020. It will be open before General Synod. Once it is open, applications will be available here.
In the meantime, you can begin by working on your performa budget (download here,) and checking to be sure that your conference is well acquainted with your ministry in order to provide a potential reference.
Due: First Friday of September: September 6th, 2019. New deadline! Midnight, Friday Sept. 13th, EST.
When you begin the application, 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.
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.
References MUST be in before you can "submit" the application. It is recommended that applicants contact references early on in the process so as to meet the deadline of the first Friday of September
The New and Renewing Grants can be matching UP TO $40,000; or UP TO $20,000, non-matching; for the calendar year of 2020. Each community and/or applicant is eligible for up to $100,000 grant lifetime, from this program.
If awarded, it is understood that grant recipients will also have ongoing coaching support throughout the term of the grant.
In 2018, we arranged the following (recorded) webinars for potential grantees to help structure their applications: