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Missional Church Consultation Initiative

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 75% 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 revitalization resourcing initiative have been encouraging.  For example, during the last year Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, Ohio celebrated 52 baptisms and 29 professions of faith.  First United Methodist Church in Athens, Ohio saw weekly worship attendance growth increase by nearly 30 people.  MCCI congregations are connecting with young families and children.  Neighbors are hearing the message of Christ for the first time.  Catalytic outreach events to build relationships with the surrounding community, partnerships with schools, small groups proliferation, leverage of social media to connect with a new generation, and engaging more of the congregation to serve out of call and giftedness are only a few of the types of new fruitfulness unfolding on behalf of the message and mission of Jesus Christ.

The first flight of churches that accepted the Bishop's invitation to participate in the MCII in fall 2011 include:

  • Faith Community UMC, Xenia, Miami Valley District (Pastor Brad Olson)
  • Cornerstone UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Jeff Raker/2013 Pastor Brian Law)
  • Rolling Plains UMC, Zanesville, Foothills District (Pastor Brian Law/2013  Pastor John Alice)
  • Groesbeck UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Dave Mack)
  • First UMC, Newark, Capitol Area South District ( Pastor Mike Denman/2013 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 (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 include:

  • 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 (Pastor Wendy Lybarger)
  • Stonybrook UMC, Gahanna,  Capitol Area North District (Pastor Mike Bowie)
  • Jerome UMC, Plain City, Capitol Area North District (Pastor Dave Cady)
  • 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 include:

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

The fourth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2014 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI include:

  • Trinity UMC, Grove City, Capitol Area South District (Pastor Ruth Pribe)
  • Summit Station UMC, Capitol Area South District (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 North District (Pastor Dennis Payne)

The sixth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2016 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI  include:

  •  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 (Pastor Keith Luke)
  • Immanuel UMC, Elida, Northwest Plains District (Pastor 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 seventh flight of churches that accepted in fall 2017 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI include:

  • Wesley UMC, Bryan, Northwest Plains District (Pastor Peter Paige)
  • Church of the Redeemer UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area North District (Pastor Richard Birk)
  • Eastview UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area South District (Pastor Craig Arnold)
  • First UMC, Greenfield, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Kevin Hall)
  • Christ UMC, Napoleon, Maumee Watershed District (Pastor Mary Kay)
  • Central Trinity UMC, Zanesville, Foothills District (Pastor Steve Judson)
  • Pleasant View UMC, & Mt Cory UMC,  Northwest Plains District (Pastor Mark Fuerstenau)
  • Trinity UMC, Swanton, Maumee Watershed Distict (Pastor JT Bean)
  • Summit Station UMC, Summit Station, Capitol Area South (New Pastor Clark Hess)

The eighth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2018 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI include:

  • Neal Avenue UMC, Newark, Capitol Area South District (Pastor Eva Marie Wolfe)
  • Grace UMC, Zanesville, Foothills District (Pastor Mark Chow)
  • St Andrew UMC, Beavercreek, Miami Valley District (Pastor Lilanthi Ward )
  • Sulphur Grove UMC, Huber Heights, Miami Valley District (Pastor Barry Baughman)
  • Salem Cass UMC, Findlay, Northwest Plains District (Pastor Ron Hoeksema)
  • Westwood UMC, Cincinnati, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Lee Strawhun)
  • Christ UMC, South Webster, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Sam Peters)
  • Trinity UMC, Grove City, Capitol Area South District (New Assoc. Pastor Serena Wolfe)

The ninth flight of churches that accepted in fall 2019 the Bishop's Episcopal invitation to enter the MCCI include:

  • Church of the Cross, Kettering, Miami Valley District (Pastor Gus Christo-Baker)
  • Gilman UMC, Marietta, Foothills District (Pastor Diann O'Bryant)
  • Johnstown UMC, Johnstown, Capitol Area South District (Pastor Matthew VanWinkle)
  • New Hope UMC, Proctorville, Shawnee Valley District (Pastor Anthony Thomas)
  • St Paul UMC, Defiance, Northwest Plains District (Pastor John Schlicher)

The MCCI model has also spread to several other United Methodist conferences (Dakotas, Minnesota, Illinois Great Rivers, Virginia, and Wisconsin). 

New! MCCI Multiethnic Ministry One-Year Specialty Cohort 2018-2019

  • Global Community UMC, Columbus, Capitol Area North District (Pastor Daniel Kim)
  • Summit On 16th UMC, Capitol Area North District (Pastor Kim Wisecup)
  • Mosaic UMC, Dayton, Miami Valley District (Pastor Rozario Picardo & Pastor Wayne Botkin)
  • Belmont UMC, Dayton, Miami Valley District (Pastor Randy Coleman)
  • Trinity UMC, Lima, Northwest Plains District (Pastor Megan Croy)
  • Oxford UMC, Oxford, Ohio River Valley District (Pastor Arun Paul)

 

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 

Click here for Breakthrough MCCI testimonials provided by our churches themselves.

If you believe your congregation and pastor might meet the criteria and would like to be considered for MCCI 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, Office of Missional Church  Development, for more information.