CoachShare, group coaching at its best, allows you access to the expertise of a trained coach, resources of the CPR Team and connects you to peers who are working towards similar goals.

Coachshare leadership groups: (Church Planting, Church Renewal, First Call, Small Church and Interims) are formed around carefully chosen topics and challenges church leaders are facing.

Benefits of the one-year CoachShare program:

  • An initial one-on-one coaching session to set intentional goals (a coaching contract) between coach and the ministry leader.
  • At least once a month group coaching sessions, with a focus both on individual goals and monthly topics.
  • Acess to your coach on an as-needed basis.
  • Resources from your coach and the CPR Team related to each month's topic.
  • Free access to all CPR webinars during the coaching year.

Judicatories, local churches and pastors can partner together to stretch precious financial resources and experience CoachShare's transformational year!

Michigan Conference United Church of Christ Clergy can receive the benefits of CoachShare for a cost of $800.00 per year.

Gregg Carlson
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Want to know more? Here is a testimonial from one of our own pastors:

As a relatively new, young, progressive, queer and activist-oriented associate pastor in a historically moderate mainline church, I have found the challenges of ministry quite steep! Totally worth the ride, but not without huge challenges. Being coached by Rev. Glenna Shepherd through the Center for Progressive Renewal has helped immensely in tackling those challenges. Here at First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, we are attempting something relatively uncharted: a new church start within an already existing congregation. My colleague, Rev. Thomas Ryberg and I have been charged with forming Christian community with the unchurched, under 40 crowd with half of our time and serving the longer-term, already established members with the other half. The needs of our combined community are quite diverse, sometimes conflicting and often fairly overwhelming. Rev. Shepherd helps us tackle the micro-details of liturgical life, finance and administration, and deploying lay leadership while also helping us think/love into the macro issues that arise in the Body of Christ: intimacy, conflict, life and death. The presence of coaching brings a comfort to rely on. The offered expertise of coaching gives those receiving it practical tools and resources to apply in the congregational setting. Both are invaluable, especially to those of us who are rookies!

In Christ,
Rev. Emily Joye McGaughy-Reynolds
Associate Pastor, First Congregational Church of Battle Creek


Small Church Ministry Resources

Thank you to Kathy Schuen (First Cong. UCC, Constantine) for sharing reading list for small church ministries (from the Center for Progressive Renewal webinar led by Elizabeth Dilley).





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Discovering your church's ministry opportunities has never been easier.  MissionInsite provides instant access to community information for your church via The MI System.  You'll get desktop, web-based access to demographic data for a variety of geographic levels. 

The MI Sytem provides you with a new way to access demographic information. It moves beyond the static reports you order to a powerful "discovery tool" for exploration and "out of the box" thinking for church ministry, church planting, church growth and outreach.

The system also provides the ability for local churches to locate their church members and others affiliated with their church on your map. This is referred to as Congregant Plot. So, while there are a few things you need to learn, the system is designed to be user friendly and provides you with additional services not available from other systems.  Have fun exploring your mission context and remember there is no possibility of accidentally harming the system or data.

To Register please visit:

Click on: Client Login

Click on: Register as a New User

Use Agency Account Number:  E4QLQ

Use the information below to assist you in the registration process:
New Mapping Registration & User Management

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Please contact Rev. Mike Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like a report for your area but don't have the time to register and learn to use this tool.

To learn about more educational opportunities through MissionInsite visit:

MissionInsite - The Discovery Zone

MyChurchLocator filled 001Check out the NEW MissionInsite myChurchlocator App designed to give you an instant view of the closest Michigan Conference UCC church to your residence. myChurchlocator also provides directions, church information and Google Street View of the church building where available.  Scroll toward the bottom of our HOME page; in the lower right corner click on the myChurchlocator logo to get started!

The Vital Growth Mission Area Team's mandate will focus on UCC identity, local church evangelism, member retention, parish revitalization, new church starts, marketing and advertising.  The Vitality and Growth Mission Area Team (or MAT) will assume the responsibilities formerly entrusted to the Commission for Church Development and the Communications Committee.VGMAT Logo smaller

Facilitator:  Rev. Mike Cooper

Conference Staff person: Rev. Cheryl Burke

Purpose:  Making Space for the Transforming Love of God


The Michigan Conference’s Vital Growth Mission Area Team supports the growth of faithful vitality in your congregation and spurs the growth of new churches in our midst. Here are a number of resources available to your existing congregation or new church start vision:


The Vital Growth Mission Area Team has worked with and developed a number of resources over the past few years.  Descriptions and websites for these resources may be found in the VGMAT Toolbox .

Growth/Revitalization Resources

   Convergence, formerly The Center for Progressive Renewal, supports the reshaping of organizations, congregations and leaders engaged in an age of movement from “organized religion” to “organizing religion” driven by the values of an inclusive, progressive theological vision for a more just world for all. The Michigan Conference works with Convergence to support vitality in local congregations. 


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The Michigan Conference UCC has purchased a Lifetime Access; please use the link below to your own virtual gathering of people, of faith and moral conscience:

Important Instructions:

  • Follow the link above
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page 
  • Click "Enroll in Course for $249 FREE"
  • Fill out Form
  • Enter Code:  2020SUMMIT4EVER


   The Center for Parish Development provides resources and consulting to transform churches for the sake of God’s mission. 

   Clergy Leadership Institute and Voyle and Voyle Consulting provide coaching, training and resources for church transformation. 

   GraceNet provides research, coaching and consulting in the effective spiritual leadership of new and revitalizing congregations. 

   MissionInsite can provide your church a wealth of statistical information about your community that supports your plan for growth and change.

How To Register

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   The United Church of Christ’s Congregational Vitality Team offers a wealth of free, downloadable resources.

Conference Programs & Grants

  • New Beginnings program for small churches considering a fresh start for ministry in their communities.
  • Grants from the Bertha C. Dayton Fund are awarded annually for assisting rural, small town or village churches in Michigan and supporting their pastors and families.
        Click HERE for the Bertha Dayton Fund Application.
  • 2021 Vitality Awards - The Vitality awards are offered by the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ through its Vital Growth Mission Area Team (VGMAT).  Your church or UCC ministry group can request a grant of up to $5,000 to support your project or ministry. Deadline to apply is September 15, 2021.
    Visit the link below for more information and view the Vitality Awards Proposal Details and Cover Letter.

Teachers & Thinkers

   Author Anthony Robinson serves as speaker, teacher and coach in the area of church renewal and vitality. 

• Author, speaker and teacher Diana Butler Bass provides insight about the larger cultural trends affecting the church.


New Churches 

   Church Development Start Up Kit. Please contact Lisa Soulliere This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your own free kit.

Upcoming Church Vitality Events:



Upcoming 2021 Meeting dates

September 30 @ 10:00 a.m.





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Fax: 517.339.2621

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