Large Church Initiative

The HCI Large Church Initiative (LCI) component of the HCI process is designed for churches with an average worship attendance of 100+. Through a combination of shared learning, coaching and consultation, this process helps congregations more effectively join God in God’s mission.


Pastoral Leadership Development Group (PLD)
The centerpiece of LCI is a small peer learning group for pastors. PLD emphasizes leadership skill building, in-depth reading, shared learning, and support through personal coaching. Pastors receive tools for ministry while developing strategies and skills for congregational transformation.

  • PLD Schedule

    • 7 sessions beginning in September/October

    • Groups typically meet on Thursday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon

  • Coaching for Pastors Enrolled in PLD

Lay Leadership Development Group (LLD)
Laity participate in an 8-month learning group which supports and complements PLD groups. The course emphasizes equipping and training lay leadership through in-depth reading and peer group discussion.
  • LLD Schedule

    • 7 sessions beginning in September/October

    • Groups meet on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Costs: There is no registration fee for the PLD or LLD groups. Participants will pay for their own books (approximately $100). Each participant in a group will receive a complete workbook at no cost to use throughout the course.

Applying for HCI Phase 2

If your church has successfully completed Phase 1 and is ready to move into Consultation, please contact the Smith Center for Evangelism and Church Growth.See the HCI Process for all the steps in Phase 2.

Note that for the Large Church Initiative:

  • Self-Study is completed over 4-6 months

  • Peer Mentoring is 18 sessions for pastors, meeting once per month

  • The Consultation takes place over a weekend (Friday-Sunday) and the lead consultant preaches on Sunday

  • Consultation Report contains 5 strengths, 5 concerns, and 5 action steps in the form of prescriptions

  • Cost for the Consultation paid by the church:
    up to 300 in worship: $400
    more than 300 in worship: $1000


For more information about the Healthy Church Initiative, please contact The Smith Center for Evangelism and Church Growth.