Welcome to the 2015 Coaching Network!
My staff and I are looking forward to all that God has planned for our network in 2015.
In 2010, Wisconsin United Methodist Churches averaged 37,722 individuals in worship across the state on any given Sunday/weekend (out of 79,325 members). In 2013, Wisconsin UMCs averaged 34,877 individuals in worship across the state on any given Sunday/weekend (out of 71,343 members). In three years, we lost 8,000 members and almost 3,000 weekly worshippers. I understand that these are not the things we like to think and talk about, but if we don’t, who will? In the last 10 years, we have declined by over 25,000 members and we have closed about 25 churches in the Wisconsin Conference. Numerous churches and charges have reduced their pastors from full to part-time or from part-time to part-er-time.
If we believe Jesus when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one goes to the Father except by me…” then we have a real problem.
In order to turn this trend around and start to change the culture that exists around our churches and beyond, there needs to be some solid leadership: Leadership that is willing to take the hard steps to turn local churches that have become clubs, back into churches. Leadership that is willing to take the hard steps to lead churches to change culture. Leadership that is invested in, not only their own future, but the future of the Church, locally and globally.
Thank you for being willing to take these hard steps to change the world for The Kingdom!
12 live coaching sessions will be on Tuesdays from 12:30pm – 3:00pm Central Time in the Wisconsin Dells/Baraboo area on the following dates*:
|January 27, 2015||May 26, 2015**||September 29, 2015|
|February 24, 2015||June 30, 2015||October 27, 2015|
|March 24, 2015||July 28, 2015||November 18, 2015**|
|April 28, 2015||August 25, 2015||December 15, 2015|
*Dates subject to change
**Note – DATE CHANGED
Remember, you will have access to the MP3s of coaching sessions within 48 hours of each session, so even if you must miss one or two sessions you can still stay on track with the network.