Congregational Development

The Congregational Development Ministry seeks to live out the mission of The United Methodist Church by helping to foster an apostolic spirit and by working to create a culture of church planting in the Louisiana Annual Conference.  Of particular importance is helping to cultivate an expectation that healthy churches multiply to create new faith communities.

Our specific responsibility is to identify and equip church planters, to partner in planting new faith communities, and to help in the transformation of existing faith communities.  Our aim is reaching new people with the loving grace of Jesus Christ in order to make disciples for the transformation of the world.

The purpose of the Conference Ministry of Congregational Development is to support the mission of the Annual Conference in the following ways:

  1. identifying and training potential planters to establish and lead new faith communities,
  2. identifying and training potential partner churches to reach new people by creating new faith communities,
  3. assisting existing congregations in transformation ministries for the purpose of reaching new people,
  4. assisting the District Superintendents in their work of starting new faith communities and transforming existing congregations to reach new people, and
  5. coordinating the wise and strategic use of Conference resources in order to most effectively make disciples of Jesus Christ through new and transformed faith communities.

If you discern that you may be called to the ministry of planting a new faith community or participating in significant transformation of an existing church, schedule a visit with your District Superintendent to start the process.  

For information on becoming a church planter, grant guidelines or current Congregational Development policies, click here.

For information on the 2017 Reaching New People event, please click here

Rev. John Cannon is the Conference Director for Congregational Development and can be reached at cannon@la-umc.org