Congregational Development

Class of 2009
Ben Carswell
Nancy Dale
Kyle Gott*
Tim Reynolds*
Ramsey Russell
Laughlin Youree

Class of 2010
Steve Douse, moderator
John Cheetham*
John Fisher
Andy Gay*
Steve Lewis
Amos Wilson*

Class of 2011
Jonathan Angel*
Jeff Ritchie*
Marl Eberle
Harry Hassall*
Steve Thomas*


The Congregational Development Mission Unit is responsible for actively working with the churches of presbytery to deepen and expand congregational life through ministries of evangelism, community outreach, revitalized worship, Christian nurture, and church transformation, and to oversee the organization of new congregations. The Unit develops covenants between presbytery and churches being served.

Congregational Redevelopment:
o Encourages and promotes evangelism with all of presbytery’s congregations,
providing training in community outreach and evangelism for church
o Provides nurture and encourages ssmall membership churches; reviewing,
evaluating, and establishing the level of assistance for churches requesting
financial support from presbytery; and creating and overseeing a
Small Church
Network for regional gatherings for sharing and education;
o Developes, provides, and promotes training events related to church
redevelopment and church transformation;
o Promotes the redevelopment and revitalization of churches through
consultation with church Sessions and Session committees;
o Initiates and seeks opportunities to plan with Sessions to identify
specific area of ministry suitable and attainable for each congregation;
o Works actively with each church identified by the Unit as in need of
redevelopment and revitalization, consulting on demographic trends, and
assisting with assessment of ministry and mission leading to a strategic action
plan, mission goals, and timelines for implementation.

Small Church Task Force:
Members: Harry Hassell, John Cheetham, and Ramsey Russell

New Church Development:
o Oversight for developing a long range strategic plan for new
churchdevelopment, including the use of demographic resources to project
population and regional growth trends;
o Establishes policies and procedures to guide the organization of new
o Recommends to presbytery the optimal timing and site location for the
development of new congregations;
o Reviews and evaluates each new church development project on an
ongoing basis until the new church is self-sufficient;
o Creates and sustains a support system of “Advocates” for each new church
development; and
o Maintains oversight and support for new congregations through no less than
the first five years of the church’s growth and development.

Leave a Comment