Fruitful Congregation Journey an Introduction

Thank you for being interested in the Fruitful Congregation Journey! Hopefully this information will be helpful as you pray about where you fit into this exciting journey.

Here is some general information from our Indiana Conference’s Website:

The Fruitful Congregation Journey is a team-based, leadership development discovery process to help churches more effectively fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Fruitful Congregation Journey consists of the following three steps:

  • Shared Learning Experience (7 months)
    1. Laity track, called Lay Leadership Development (LLD)
    2. Pastor track, called Pastor Leadership Development (PLD)
  • Consultation Process (approximately 5 months, once scheduled)
  • Implementation of Ministry Action Plan (up to 24 months)

In Step 1, the process develops a church’s leadership base, helping grow leaders and providing them with key concepts for church effectiveness.

Step 2 of the process provides a church with a Ministry Action Plan that is tailored to its unique context and that builds on the concepts introduced in Step 1.

In Step 3, with the help of a coach, the church will implement the next steps outlined in its Ministry Action Plan.

St. Paul’s Ad Council voted to embark on this journey of discernment, development, and discovery. You have an opportunity to be a part of this journey! We are currently looking for individuals who are willing and able to be on our Fruitful Congregation Journey (FCJ) Team. This team will be our leadership base for FCJ and will be trained in leadership and effectiveness.

The first seven months the team will read a book and attend a training session. The training sessions will be one Saturday a month in Terre Haute from 9 am – 1 pm. See below for the dates for the training. The pastor will meet with other pastors on a different day for training. The pastor and laity team will meet together at St. Paul for a monthly “Debriefing” Session.
We have tried to make involvement to be flexible because we recognize there may be some who want to be involved but will be limited because of their schedule. Therefore, we have created four levels of involvement:

Level One: As far as I know, I am able to attend all the Saturday training sessions. I will read all the books, and attend the “Debriefing” Sessions. We hope to have at least seven individuals at Level One.

Level Two: As far as I know, I am not able to attend all the Saturday training sessions, but I can attend some of them. I am willing to read all of the books, and attend the “Debriefing” Sessions. We hope to have at least ten individuals at Level Two.

Level Three: I am not able to attend the Saturday training sessions, but I will read the books and attend the “Debriefing” Sessions.

Level Four: I am not able to attend any sessions, but I would like to read the books.