Large or small, our churches are important centers for mission and ministry. By following the core principles of congregational development and redevelopment, all of our congregations can make an even bigger impact in their communities as vital churches.
Natural Church Development (NCD) is a proven technique to enhance healthy discipleship in existing congregations based on decades of research from around the world. It is for the local church, large or small, that desires to improve its spiritual health. NCD is for congregations that are just beginning their life together, those that are actively engage in worship and ministry, and those that are seeking revitalization and new vision.
The Turnaround Church Process is part of the Office’s efforts at promoting healthy discipleship in all churches. The reality is that many churches in the United States are in decline. A variety of factors contribute to this decline, and there is no “secret formula” to revitalize a congregation. The Office aims to address healthy discipleship through a holistic approach.
The Office of Congregational Development and Redevelopment offers mission field demographic data through MissionInsite. MissionInsite is a powerful tool that provides church leaders with essential demographic, economic, and religious data about their communities. This up-to-date data is accessible to all members of the Northern Illinois Conference.
The Institute for Congregational Development (ICD) seeks to create a pool of prepared ministers to lead our Conference in missional growth. This two-year intensive process provides support, professional growth, and leadership training in order to prepare clergy to start new churches and redevelop existing churches within the Northern Illinois Conference.
The Office of Congregational Development and Redevelopment can provide churches consultations regarding congregational redevelopment/revitalization process, building remodeling, purchasing or selling property, church planter assessments, discipleship systems, fundraising, demographic services, new church start, mergers, relocations, co-operative parishes, close & restart, close, satellite/multi-site, strategies for ministry action plan, ministry growth plan, space-sharing plans, reaching new immigrant communities, and more.