Congregational development video shows creative edge in reaping harvest


By Paul Black
PEORIA – When it comes to church development, the possibilities are endless and IGRC Coordinator of Congregational Development pushed that creative thinking with a humorous video entitled Dreaming New Places for New Faces.
“Not every dream of new places is the right idea for a new church, but many can be great ideas of new places to connect with people in small groups or other new ministries,” Crawford said in his part of the Connectional Ministries report. “So keep dreaming!”
Two ideas that have emerged or are emerging:

  • Springfield First UMC launched a new ministry in October 2015 aimed at young adults,  Christ, Community, Coffee, an additional worship opportunity, located in the church’s community life center. The coffeehouse style worship is now attracting an average of more than 200 each week.
  • A new-multi site ministry partnering Murphysboro UMC with a restart of the Desoto UMC through its youth and children’s ministry later this summer. Currently in the planning phase, a launch is expected during the summer.

Congregational Development is also leading the effort on the Journey of 10x10, which was introduced to the 2015 Annual Conference. More than 90 congregations began The Journey of 10x10 in February as individuals and churches look to increase the spiritual vitality of its people. Associate Coordinator of Congregational Development Peggy Hisey ( is leading the effort.
Upcoming Workshops
To encourage individuals to create new places in their lives for new people, the Office of Congregational Development offers a workshop: Reaching New People. Since January 2015, 565 people from 94 charges and 110 IGRC churches have participated in the workshop.
Three dates and locations are already scheduled for the fall of 2016. For more information, visit: