Below you will find a listing of a number of resources that the Smith Center for Evangelism & Church Growth has made available to the churches in the Central Texas Conference. Please explore and find the tools that could be helpful to your congregation.
We continue to identify areas to establish urban and suburban churches, ethnic congregations, traditional and nontraditional starts. You can help create "New Places for New People" in Central Texas by joining our Church Growth SHAREholder Program, which continues to be the primary funding source for new church starts.
Not a Program, but a PROCESS
The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) is not just another program for the local church. At its core, HCI is a process geared toward transformation which seeks to energize and equip churches to fulfill The Great Commission.
Many of the communities in which our churches exist are in transition, and it is incumbent upon those churches to regular access their ministry context. We offer a number of ways to help our local churches do just that.
Who is in your community?
What do they like and what do they need?
The Central Texas Conference is pleased to offer every church the continued the use of MissionInsite.com, a comprehensive online demographic tool. Learn who really lives in the community surrounding your church—their attitudes, affinity groups, church preferences, and needs.
What is your church’s capacity to multiply disciples who multiply disciples?
In this dynamic era, churches need nimble leadership and cultural readiness in order to maximize their impact and blessing on the world as followers of Jesus Christ. It is not enough to “grow the church.” We need to multiply ministry.
Readiness 360 embodies the belief that the most fruitful church multiplication efforts come from healthy congregations
Where are the people in your congregation on their faith journey?
Utilizing the online Real Discipleship Survey Tool created by Phil Maynard, members of your congregation can easily determine where they are on a continuum toward maturity within six dimensions
Are you connecting with your first-time guests?
What do they really think and feel on a Sunday morning at your church?
First impressions are often lasting and determine whether or not someone will return to your church. The Center for Evangelism contracts with FaithPerceptions, a research company that has evaluated more than 4,300 worship services across the country to provide a Sunday Morning Experience assessment tool.
Enter and Track Your Weekly Statistics Online
All churches are required to enter their worship attendance, professions of faith, number of small groups, participation in small groups and mission/outreach, and offering on a weekly basis into the Vital Signs database.
Help Build the Kingdom
New church starts serve as mission stations for the kingdom of God. Our Church Growth SHAREholder program gives you the opportunity to build up the kingdom by investing your resources in the future of the United Methodist Church in Central Texas.
For more information about how to subscribe, your current SHARES, or how to make a payment, please contact Cindi Blackburn, Center Administrator.
e - CindiBlackburn@ctcumc.org
p - 817-877-5222