General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

Church Health Ministry

3C Congregations

Overview of 3C Meetings

Congregational Readiness

Objectives:
  1. Assess the attitudes toward change that exist among those involved in your ministry.
  2. Identify if your congregation is ready to multiply.
  3. Locate your church on the missional Lifecycle.

Multiplication Theology and Evangelism Philosophy

Objectives:
  1. Develop a multiplication theology to cast vision to your elders and congregation.
  2. Develop an evangelism philosophy for your new church or campus.
  3. Identify a self-imposed deadline on when you will share with your congregation.

Mission Fulfillment and Ministry Design

Objectives:
  1. Identify whom you are called to reach.
  2. Evaluate what needs you are called to meet.
  3. Determine how you will meet those needs. 4 Apply strategies for implementing your multiplication vision.

Ministry Team Formation

Objectives:
  1. Reaffirm that serving with others (team ministry) is the model Jesus used.
  2. Emphasize the importance of gift-oriented ministry.
  3. Prepare you to identify and recruit specific team members you need to accomplish your mission.
  4. Highlight how essential prayer is and help you mobilize prayer support.

Launch Team and Action List

Objectives:
  1. Understand why people connect and partner with a startup vision.
  2. Evaluate how to capitalize on your team’s strengths.
  3. Assess how people respond to your leadership and influence.
  4. Develop a visionary Launch Team Information Packet.

Funding

Objectives:
  1. Describe your financial values and examine them according to a biblical ideology.
  2. Apply your growing knowledge of budget allocation.
  3. Develop a financial strategy which will support your vision.
  4. Formulate a working budget.
  5. Draft a fund raising letter.

The Plan Pt. 1 - Vision

Objectives:
  • Articulate the specific vision that God has for your congregation.

The Plan Pt. 2 - Strategy

Objectives:
  • Write a working strategic plan for your multiplication strategy.

Missional Communities

A Missional community is a group of people, about the size of an extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships. The participants of missional communities find their primary identity of “church” within the missional community, rather than a larger worship service or small group. In essence, this group of people becomes a close-knit spiritual family on mission together.

Missional Communities (MCs) are designed to be a flexible, local expression of church, not dependent on typical church buildings or church services. MCs have been described as “small enough to care but large enough to dare.” Missional Communities may be called by other names, such as Clusters, Go Communities, Incarnational Communities, or Mission Shaped Communities. MCs are primarily led by laity and are “lightweight and low maintenance” and most often meet 3-4 times a month in their missional context. Missional Communities place a strong value on life together, with the expressed intention of seeing those they impact choose to start following Jesus. With this focus, a Missional Community will often grow and multiply into other MCs. Missional Communities are most often networked within a larger church community, often with many other Missional Communities.

An MC has leaders who, through a process of discernment, decide their mission vision and then invite people to join them in reaching that particular context. The leaders of the MC are held accountable by the leadership of the greater church community, both for what they do and for the way in which they do it (i.e., character as well as task). “Low control, high accountability” is one way to describe relationships between the Missional Community and the church body and leadership.

Since Missional Communities are meant to be led by laity, running the community can be spread throughout the group so that it doesn't make a few leaders do all of the work. This sharing of the work is a key ingredient and one of the main benefits of these mid-sized groups. People don’t approach it as consumers but as participants. While some MCs meet in homes, it is not uncommon for many of them to meet in the particular mission context they are reaching into. (For instance, a MC reaching out to the homeless would meet on the streets with the homeless rather than trying to bus them to another location.)

The Church of God In Michigan currently have seven pilot Missional Communities located throughout the state and is committed to resourcing one hundred by the year 2017 in an effort to extend the Kingdom of God.

More information about the Missional Community can be obtained from 3dm and Verge Network. Two organizations committed to advancing the kingdom in missional ways.

Church Multiplication

One of the most important roles of clergy and church leader is to fulfill the great commission! This powerful video about church multiplication, put together by our own Reverend Tom Bader, brings together some of the top regional pastors and church planters among the midwest Churches of God. I invite you to view it and then share it with others as you, your family, friends and congregation find ways to bring the Light of Christ into a dark world.