Advance # 194815
Linking strong, established congregations with churches desiring to grow and become more vital
||General Board of Discipleship
||North America, United States, US Regional
Background / History
The closing of black churches has pained the United Methodist program for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century - SBC 21. Most recently between the years 2001-2009, 226 black churches were closed. Accomplishments of this program include Congregational Resource Centers (training churches), which are fulfilling their roles as the primary places for training lay and clergy teams and establishing covenant relationships with Partner Churches for congregational transformation. There also continues to be a desperate need for black churches to be in mission in bold and meaningful ways.
Goals & Objectives
1. Equip as many of the 2200 black congregations in The UMC as possible.
2. Enhance and strengthen collaboration between SBC 21 and Annual Conferences via Cabinets, Connectional Ministries, and other appropriate Annual Conference entities.
3. Explore new program paradigms and structures for implementing SBC 21 training events within Annual Conferences.
4. Promote, interpret and recruit local congregations to enroll as Congregation Resource Centers and Partner Congregations
6. In Leadership Development: Provide an infrastructure through the Academy of Interns (AOF) designed to select, deploy and expose eight (8) potential rising clergy to a full complement of experiences that will provide them with the skills and competencies needed to transform, establish or maintain a vital congregation. The program will also outline a new paradigm of training for SBC21's two year, Academy of Interns, that will prepare rising ministers for assignment to a church within the Path1 initiative or other churches in need.
1. Recruit, train, and deploy up to forty Collaborative Network Coaches
2. Eight (8) Annual Conference Bishops/Cabinets, Boards of Ordained Ministries to confirm the selection of eight (8) interns to be deployed to sixteen (16) of the most effective senior pastors and their respective staff and congregations for a two year internship deployment.
a.) Sixteen (16) of the most effective senior pastors and their respective staff and congregations accept responsibility for nurturing, mentoring, and coaching eight (8) deployed interns in support and in partnership with launching a sustainable SBC 21 two-year internship program.
100 new Partner Congregations will be linked with Congregational Resources Centers, and their churches and communities will be transformed and revitalized.
After successful implementation of this program a short term and long term radical track will develop a partnership between SBC-21, Annual Conference Cabinets, Board of Ordained Ministries, General Boards of Higher Educational and Ministry, Global Ministries , GBOD/Path,1, Seminaries and Wesley Foundation to enhance the efforts of the General Church in identifying and supporting a continuous stream of potentially high performing black clergy leaders for Congregation resource Center placement and ultimately strategic appointments to assist in the transformation and revitalization of existing predominately black congregations
Ongoing follow-up activities will be conducted for the 100 new congregations to both document the outcomes of the initiative and "to tell the story and share the successes."
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|Deployment of coaches to local churches
- Advocacy, Organizing, Grassroots, Campaigns, Networking
- Annual Conference/District/Church Development
- Black/African Descent
- Church and Mission Leaders
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Education, Training, and Research
- Elderly/Older Adults/Aged/Senior Citizens
- Evangelism & Church Growth
- Housing, Transitional Housing, Shelter, Sanctuary, Rent
- Human Rights
- Hunger and Meal Programs
- Leadership Development and Education
- Leadership Training, Workshops, Networking, Job Counseling
- Mission Initiatives
- Pastors, Clergy, Retired Clergy, Evangelists
- Peace, Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution
- Persons Experiencing Addiction
- Persons in Mission Program
- Persons In Prison, Incarcerated
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Poverty Issues/Economic Justice
- Racial Justice
- Rural Evangelism and Church Growth
- Rural Populations
- Rural Poverty
- School Children
- Social Justice
- Social Justice Education: Political, Peace, Human Rights, Poverty
- Street Children
- Technology and Computer Education
- Teenage Mothers
- Theological/Christian/Mission Education, Seminaries, Vacation Bible School
- United States
- Urban Education
- Urban Poverty
- Urban/Inner City Evangelism and Church Growth
- Urban/Inner City Populations
- Youth and Young Adults