Resources

FRESH EXPRESSION
A Fresh Expression is quite simply a fresh expression of church. Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church – the presentation of the gospel and church in context – alongside existing congregations in order to reach changing, diverse cultures and world. At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society in order to share a message that is transformative. It’s reclaiming our Wesleyan heritage -- taking Church to the people and changing local faith communities of the Mississippi Conference back into growing, vital communities of faith, mission and outreach.

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READINESS 360 is an online survey assessment tool that assesses four critical capacities for multiplying thriving ministries: Spiritual Intensity, Dynamic Relationships, Missional Alignment and Cultural Openness. The resulting report provides valuable information essential to knowing which areas are thriving and which areas need more attention. 

READINESS 360+ is the online survey PLUS a 12-month process of learning, partnered with a coach.

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PARAGRAPH 213
Churches today are at a crossroads as to how to fruitfully and effectively share the message and love of Jesus Christ to transform lives, the communities in which we live, and the world. Paragraph 213 in the 2016 Book of Discipline, describes a foundational process of discovering a congregation’s identity and mission field. 

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DISCOVERING THE POSSIBILITIES
Whether you want to start a new worship service, a new ministry or even to transform an existing faith community, you have to know where your starting point is in order to create a plan to get where you want to go. Discovering the Possibilities is a 5-hour facilitated process designed to assist church leaders in understanding their current context so they may begin to discern possibilities for their future. 

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28 DAY CHURCH CHALLENGE
John Wesley wanted the members of his movement to work on personal holiness and acts of service to others. We all want our Church to be vibrant and alive. The 28 Day Church Challenge, designed around five challenge areas, will help the church and each individual member keep the Main Thing (Jesus) the main thing. The five challenge areas are: fasting, prayer, study, outreach and the Great Commission. 

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Use MISSIONINSITE to unlock the secrets to your community! Execute a demographic analysis to determine best ministry opportunities, answer strategic questions, understand population trends before they happen and more. MissionInsite is an online demographic analysis tool available, free of charge, to all United Methodist Churches in Mississippi. 

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COMMUNITY ANALYSIS/ASSESSMENT 
Learn how to create a community analysis using a full array of demographic tools, site visits, economic development office and other community interviews, the church’s 10-year metrics data and other available resources. 

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TRAINING & COACHING 
Instructional training is available to all local United Methodist churches on the above tools and resources. Contact the Faith Community Formation Office to schedule at online form. 

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SMALL AND RURAL CHURCH RESOURCES
The vast majority of United Methodist churches (roughly 70%) are small membership churches with fewer than 200 members. Most can be and are vital places of ministry that matter. The size of the membership will determine how the church goes about its mission and ministry, not whether it will or not.

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ONLINE DIRECTORY & STATISTICS 
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) offers general statistical information about the church, formerly contained in the printed General Minutes, in a free, easy-to-use online directory and statistics website at www.umdata.org

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CONSULTATIONS | STRATEGIC PLANNING | VISION CASTING
Creating a vision (and strategic plan) and learning how to effectively cast that vision to your church members and community is vital for leading the flock. Let us help you fulfill the dream God has given you!

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In response to the ‘Call to Action’ to focus on fostering and sustaining an increase in the number of vital congregations, the VitalSigns Dashboard tool was [and is] designed to help congregations follow their progress on the goals they set each year, allowing them to track their metrics.

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