Congregational Development

God calls on God’s people to make disciples. A sign and a result of deepening discipleship is church growth. The BWC’s Office of Congregational Development oversees and nurtures new church starts in creating new places for new people, and assists in the renewal and revitalizing of faith communities.

By being relevant and vital, United Methodists will touch more lives and draw more people to Christ. Our primary purpose is not to help churches grow, but rather we seek to help them reach more people with the good news of the Gospel, to grow more people as gifted and called disciples of Jesus, and to send more people into the world to love and serve God and their neighbors in all they do. We provide tools, resources, workshops, events and training to help congregations more effectively make disciples for the transformation of the world.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Conference Events

  Five Things Your Visitors are Thinking But Won't Ask

   Friday, March 23, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
   BWC Mission Center in Fulton

  Five Things Your Visitors are Thinking But Won't Ask

   Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
   Nichols Bethel UMC in Odenton

Beyond the Conference

Exponential East 2018 HERO MAKER
Feb 26, 2018
Orlando, Florida

Festival of Homiletics
May 21, 2018
Washington, District of Columbia

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Grants and Loans for New Church Starts and New Faith Ministries

The Unified Funding Task Force (UFT) of the Baltimore-Washington Conference assists congregations with grants and loans for new faith ministries, new church starts, and strategic growth. Grants and loans are available for congregations seeking financial assistance for facilities and programs that enable them to grow disciples for the transformation of the world.

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