Fruitful Congregations Process Workshops forming


The series of Fruitful Congregations Process (FCP) workshops hosted by the Iroquois River District will begin on Oct. 15-16.

This 2 1/2 year process is designed to bring new life and fruitfulness to congregations. The process includes five workshops, each based on one of the practices of fruitful congregations (Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, by Bishop Robert Schnase). To participate, a congregation must send a team to each event that includes the pastor and three to five laity. Churches that are making progress in the FCP may request on-site consultation. In addition, there will be monthly learning communities for pastors.
The October workshop is Radical Hospitality: How to Reach More People and will be led by Mike Crawford, IGRC Coordinator of Congregational Development.
The cost for a church team to attend the workshop (and cluster coaching) is $250. There is an early registration discount of $100, if the church covenant is completed and full payment is made by Sept. 1. The registration cost is for a team of 4-6 people and includes snacks and Saturday lunch. Additional meals and lodging, if needed, are not included.
A new Fruitful Congregations Process hosted by the Mississippi River District will start in early 2012. There is an Advance Workshop scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Collinsville First UMC in Collinsville. Leaders can attend this free workshop to find out more about the process. To register, visit:
If you are interested in learning more about the Fruitful Congregations Process or would like a church covenant for participation, contact Mike Crawford, Coordinator of Congregational Development at