Missional Church Consultation Initiative

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First launched in 2011, the West Ohio Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) resources churches and their pastors with an intensive consultation and clergy coaching model designed to intervene in local churches that are currently plateaued, are in decline, or are on the way "up" but not sure what should come next -- and have the pastoral leadership and potential resources to jumpstart a new life cycle of ministry fruitfulness. 

MCCI is comprised of a flight of churches each year that have been recommended by the cabinet as meeting this specific criteria, and then are prayerfully selected and invited by the Bishop to participate.  For congregations that sign the MCCI covenant, a 2-3 year process is launched that includes:

  • Concentrated new ministry leadership skills training each month for the pastors in the Initiative (80 plus hours total throughout the year, along with accountability for implementation back home at their churches)
  • "Undercover Worshippers" who visit and worship at each of the churches in the MCCI, and then provide extensive feedback about their experiences
  • A detailed self-study completed by each church, including history, finances, staffing, organization, ministry activities and demographic setting
  • An MCCI on-site consultation provided by the West Ohio MCCI Team that culminates in a consultation report with unique "prescriptions" (recommendations),  or next steps the church needs to take to move from plateau/decline into jumpstarting new fruitfulness.

If an MCCI church votes 70% or better to accept its prescriptions (via an official church conference), the decision is made to go forward.  The pastor along with unpaid teams lead the implementation of the prescriptions, with the assistance of "prescription coaches" (ministry leaders who already have a successful track record in their own setting with that prescription) to help guide and advise.  The prescription coaches are underwritten by the West Ohio MCCI, and continue to guide the pastor and congregation for up to two  or three years. 

The results of this rigorous process have already been encouraging.   The contemporary worship service at Belmont United Methodist Church in Dayton has doubled its contemporary worship service attendance in a year.  Church of the Cross (Toledo) developed after-school outreach Bible studies in three different elementary schools, led by church volunteers.   Gaines United Methodist Church (Cincinnati) has removed their sanctuary pews and replaced them with chairs, so that their largest meeting space could gain greater capacity for significant new groups of unchurched people who come on Wednesday nights for dinner and healing/recovery classes--as well as on Easter, when more than 350 members and neighbors packed the space for worship.

The first flight of churches that accepted the Bishop's invitation to participate in the MCII in fall 2011 and whose  MCCI consultation weekends  took place from February through summer 2012 include:

  • Faith Community UMC, Xenia, Miami Valley District (Pastor Brad Olson)
  • Cornerstone UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Original Pastor Jeff Raker/2013 Pastor Brian Law)
  • Rolling Plains UMC, Zanesville, Foothills District (original  Pastor Brian Law/ 2013  Pastor John Alice)
  • Groesbeck UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Dave Mack)
  • First UMC, Newark, Capitol Area South (original Pastor Mike Denman, and second  Pastor Seth Oiler/ 2015 Pastor Steve Rath)
  • Hope UMC, Dayton, Miami Valley District (Pastor Jason Bunger)
  • Church of the Cross, Toledo, Maumee Watershed District (Pastor Steve Judson)
  • Belmont UMC, Dayton, Miami Valley District (Pastor Randy  Coleman)
  • Sardinia UMC, Sardinia, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Jaime Wirth)
  • Gaines UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (original Pastor Curnell Graham/2015 Pastor Don Wilson)

The second flight of churches that accepted in fall 2012 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI, and whose consultation weekends took place from February through September 2013 are:

  • Stillwater UMC, Dayton, Miami Valley District (Pastor Jon Ferguson)
  • New Vision UMC, Cincinnati , Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Rick Nance)
  • First UMC, Athens, Foothills District (original Pastor Wendy Lybarger/2015 Pastor Robert McDowell)
  • Stonybrook UMC, Gahanna,  Capitol Area North District (original Pastor Mike Bowie/2014 Pastor Robert Thomas)
  • Jerome UMC, Plain City, Capitol Area North (original Pastor Dave Cady/ 2015 Pastor Deborah Stevens)
  • First UMC, Milford, Ohio River Valley District  (Pastor Clark Hess)
  • First UMC, Hillsboro, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Derek Russell)
  • St. Mark's UMC, Findlay, Northwest Plains District (Pastor Mark Hollinger)
  • Columbia Heights UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area South District (Pastor Nathan Custer)
  • UM Church of St. Andrew, Toledo, Maumee Watershed District (Pastor Laura Bensman)

The third flight of churches that accepted in fall 2013 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI, and whose consultation weekends tookplace by fall  2014 are:

  • Asbury North UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area North (original Pastor Don Wilson/ 2015 Pastor Michaela Jasper)
  • Centenary UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area North (original Pastor Donnetta Peaks/ 2015 Pastor Dennis Payne)
  • Church of the Messiah, Westerville, Capitol Area North (Pastor Jim Wilson)
  •  Hartzell UMC, Blue Ash, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Will Leasure)
  • Christ UMC, Oregon, Maumee Watershed District (Pastor Mark Gregory)
  • Scioto Ridge UMC, Hilliard, Capitol Area South (Pastor Jason Wellman)

The fourth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2014 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI, and whose consultation weekends took place in 2015 and 2016 are:

  • Trinity UMC, Grove City, Capitol Area South (Pastor Ruth Pribe)
  • Summit Station UMC, Capitol Area South (Pastor Robert Turner)
  • Hope UMC, Toledo, Maumee Watershed District (Pastor Lindy Maurice-Saum)
  • Greenville UMC, Greenville, Miami Valley District (Pastor Angela Meeks)
  • Vandalia UMC, Vandalia, Miami Valley District (Pastor Michael Malcosky)
  • Wapakoneta First UMC, Wapakoneta, Northwest Plains District (Pastor Kim Pope Seiberling)
  • St. Paul Community UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Raponzil Drake)
  • Forest Chapel UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Kabamba Kiboko)
  • Cornerstone UMC, Portsmouth, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Tim Roth)
  • Jackson Christ UMC, Jackson, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor David Roach)

The fifth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2015 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI, and whose consultation weekends will take place in 2016 are:

  • Archbold UMC, Archbold, Waumee Watershed District (Pastor James Nathan)
  • Bryan Wesley UMC, Bryan, Northwest Plains District (Pastors Jeff and Becky Motter)
  • Trinity UMC, Chillicothe, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Kurt King)
  • Urbana UMC, Urbana, Miami Valley District (Pastor Jim Lillibridge)
  • Centenary UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area N, (New Pastor-Dennis Payne)

The sixth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2016 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI, and whose consultation weekends will take place in 2017 are:

  •  Bellpoint UMC, Delaware, Capitol Area North District (Pastor Paul McCullough)
  • Grove City Trinity UMC, Grove City, Capitol Area South District(Pastor Caleb Speicher)
  • Pataskala UMC, Pataskala, Capitol Area South District (Pastor Angie Sherer)
  • Coburn UMC, Zanesville, Foothills District (Pastor Justin Williams)
  • Faith Community UMC, Xenia, Miami Valley District (Pastor Barb Schnecker)
  • Holgate UMC, Holgate, Maumee Watershed District  (Pastor Susan St Peter)
  • Fostoria UMC, Fostoria, Maumee Watershed District (Pastor Bill Bentley
  • Church of the Cross UMC, Toledo, Maumee Watershed District (Keith Luke)
  • Immanuel UMC, Elida, North West Plains District (Bruce Tumblin)
  • Friendship UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District(Pastor Meshach Kanyion)
  • Wheelersburg UMC, Wheelersburg, Shawnee Valley District(Pastor Perry Prosch)
  • Bainbridge UMC, Bainbridge, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Matthew Brookes)

 

The MCCI model has also spread to several other United Methodist conferences (Dakotas, Minnesota, Illionis Great Rivers, Virginia, and is under development this fall for more). 

Take a look at these short video stories about what's happened through the Missional Church Consultation Initiative!  Click on these links:

Rolling Plains UMC

Church of St. Andrew UMC

First UMC, Milford

Gaines UMC, Cincinnati

Church of the Messiah

Groesbeck UMC

Christ UMC Jackson 

The next cohort of 6-12 churches  will launch in the MCCI flight to begin this September.  If you believe your congregation and pastor might meet the criteria and would like to be considered for participation in order to jumpstart a whole new season of effectiveness for Kingdom work, please contact your district superintendent for discussion and additional details. 

Please contact snkibbey [at] wocumc.org (subject: MCCI) (Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey), West Ohio Conference's Director of Missional Church Initiatives, for more information.