Equipping Leaders for Ministry is a program to mentor 25 local churches over the course of five years. The churches come from Volusia County in central Florida and represent different denominations and demographics. The focus is on small congregations, with a weekly attendance of 150 people or fewer, who have a part-time or bi-vocational pastor. After a pilot program with a single church at the start of its grant, the program gathers teams of pastors and leaders from six churches each academic year to form a learning community for mutual encouragement and education. Each year, the church leadership teams work with consultants from Ministry Architects to understand the unique needs and goals of their own congregations. A study of the community surrounding each church, along with reports and demographic maps of the county, provides important data for mission decisions. The curriculum for the learning communities focuses on four key areas: hospitality, worship, systems, and technology. During the program, each church develops their own blueprint for action and begin to implement plans that align with their mission and goals. The program includes coaching support and follow-up for an additional six months after the cohort ends.
Equipping Leaders for Ministry
Daytona Beach, FL