We long to see an increasing number of diverse, locally rooted, and globally connected congregations and ministries bearing faithful witness to Christ’s reign and actively making disciples who live in the way of Jesus. This vision takes place through starting new churches and through strengthening existing churches. No matter which phase of life your congregation is in, these are some of the resources available for being a mission-shaped congregation.
Are you a potential Church planter looking to get started? Your first step is to connect withRandy Ledeboer orAmy Schenkelfor the assessment process.
Great Lakes RAVAH Gathering
This gathering provides support, encouragement, prayer, and training for Great Lakes church planters. Open to anyone currently involved or interested in planting new churches. Contact us for more information.
Coaching is the process, guided by the Holy Spirit, of coming alongside ministry leaders, teams or groups to help them discern and realize God’s call for their life, leadership and ministry. Contact our office 616-224-0753 to be connected with a coach.
Our coaches help your congregation discern the tools and resources that will help you bear faithful witness to Christ's reign and actively make disciples who live in the way of Jesus. Call us for a list of coaches that will fit your coaching needs. (616) 224-0753
MissionInsite Demographic Survey
Demographics that help church members connect to their communities. These reports are free for CRC churches in the US and someone from our team can guide you and your congregation through the report. Contact the Great Lakes office to get firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Discipleship
Congregational Consultation: A process facilitated by a trained coach, involving leadership retreats and tools such as those listed below.
Healthy Church: A CRCNA-developed church health assessment and planning coach-supported process providing congregational opportunity to discuss and process the results of an eleven-category health survey that can serve as a basis for ministry plan development.
Willow Creek's REVEAL: A process based on a spiritual life survey that provides a clear snapshot of spiritual attitudes and behaviors of congregational members.
Ridder Congregational Leadership Initiative: A two-year process that works through the pastor and a small leadership team of a church, using a series of retreats to bring additional clarity and mission momentum to a congregation.
Calvin Theological Seminary Renewal Lab: A two-year renewal journey for the purpose of developing intentional missional congregations that make more and better disciples who transform lives and communities for Christ
Missional Leader Coaching
Connect with a coach:
Coaching is the process, guided by the Holy Spirit, of coming alongside ministry leaders, teams or groups to help them discern and realize God’s call for their life, leadership and ministry.
Who benefits from Coaching?
Various ministry leaders
A testimony from Nate Visker, Spring Lake, MI - "Meeting with my coach helped me gain clarity around the role I play in my church. More importantly, it helped me identify next steps and tasks that needed to be achieved. Although I could have done some of this on my own, I know I wouldn't have. I found the perspective, encouragement, and accountability I needed to get me going again."
Train to be a coach:
The Great Lakes Regional Team offers an excellent two day Coach Training and also ½ day events to practice your coaching skills.
Part one: Foundational Coach Training – two day event, offered periodically
Part two: Coaching Triads – 6-9 months of hands-on experience
Part three: Coaching Excellence – one day training to review and practice skills
Coach Refreshment Training
Half day events to review and practice skills
Learn about specific types of coaching
Gather with other coaches for encouragement and support
Three month trial - Try coaching for three months for the price of one month. This is a savings of $200 over the regular cost of $100 per month. A limited number of three month trial experiences are available through the Great Lakes Team and Sustaining Congregational Excellence.
Continuing Education funds provided from your local church
Continuing Education funds through Pastor Church Relations
Contact our office to be connected to a coach or be trained as a coach: 616-224-0753