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Tools and Resources

Tools  |  Recommended Reading  |  Resources for New Congregations  |  Resources for Existing Congregations  |  Grants and Loans

Tools

MissionInsite

MissionInsiteDiscovering your church’s ministry opportunities has never been easier. MissionInsite provides instant access to community information for your church via The MI System. You’ll get desktop, web-based access to demographic data for a variety of geographic levels.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference provides free, unlimited access to MissionInsite to churches within the conference. To register as a first-time user of MissionInsite, contact Jo Chesson.

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Readiness 360

Readiness 360A web-based tool that can be personalized to your congregation and context to help objectively assess your readiness to accept and nurture new people God sends. This tool is used by people in your congregation and potential stakeholders to provide input about your church from their vantage point. The resulting report provides feedback to the leadership of your congregation about its current capacity to bear fruit and multiply. Contact Jo Chesson or your regional strategist.

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Path1

Path1The denominational church-planting movement encompassing national, regional and local levels of The United Methodist Church. Path1 provides collaborative leadership to re-evangelize the United States so that we might reach more people, more young people, and more diverse people for Christ by creating new places for new people. Path 1 seeks to cultivate the leaders, develop the systems and implement the strategies necessary to regain our healthy denominational habit of starting one new church a day.

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Recommended Reading

Many of these titles may be purchased through Cokesbury or Amazon.

  • Christ Centered Coaching
  • Get Their Name
  • I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church
  • Missional Renaissance
  • Multiply Your Impact
  • Not Your Parents Offering Plate
  • Renovate of Die
  • Rich Church Poor Church
  • Roadmap to Renewal
  • Safe Sanctuaries In A Virtual World
  • Seven Levers
  • Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church
  • 7 Practices of Effective Ministry
  • Make or Break Your Church in 365 days
  • Emerging Black Church
  • Not Safe for Church
  • Get Off Your Donkey
  • Last Call
  • Weird Church
  • Shift
  • A Missionary Mindset

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Resources for New Congregations

Contact the Office of Congregational Development if you are interested in any of these resources.

  • Guidance and training for starting new campuses or missional faith communities.
  • New Church Leader Institute (NCLI) to assess clergy and laity to discern their call to help plant new faith communities.
  • Boot Camp and/or Launch Pad training to help launch teams prepare for successful starts.
  • BWC Discernment Retreat.
  • Targeted training and/or consultation for pastors and laity leading larger (over 400 in attendance) congregations.
  • Training and/or consultation to help empower and equip laity for ministry.
  • Training and/or consultation for identifying and reaching your mission field.
  • Training and/or consultation to help start new worship services.

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Resources for Existing Congregations

Contact the Office of Congregational Development if you are interested in any of these resources.

  • Training and/or consultation to help congregations grow to the next level.
  • Training and/or consultation to help small churches identify their unique gifts.
  • Training and/or consultation for growing mid-size churches.
  • Targeted training and/or consultation for pastors and laity leading larger (over 400 in attendance) congregations.
  • Training and/or consultation to help empower and equip laity for ministry.
  • Training and/or consultation for identifying and reaching your mission field.
  • Training and/or consultation to help start new worship services.

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Unified Funding Grants and Loans

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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