The Small Church Initiative (SCI) component of the HCI process is designed to specifically address the unique needs of the small membership church. Through a combination of shared learning experiences, coaching and consultation, this process helps congregations more effectively join God in God’s mission. After having successfully implemented this process in the Missouri Annual Conference for several years, we are bringing this process of transformation to the North Texas Conference.
THE SCI PROCESS HAS THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS AND PHASES:
The first phase includes six four-hour workshops for pastors and laity over the course of twelve months.
The requirements to participate in Phase 1 are:
- Desire to grow
- Urgency to grow
- Pastor plus 10 percent average worship attendance to participate in workshops.
Phase 1 includes built-in momentum with action steps and accountability throughout the process. It gives pastors and laity the opportunity to learn together. During this phase, the SCI team from each church will learn more about Phase 2 and how to prepare their congregation for the possibility of a SCI consultation.
The optional second phase includes a full-day church consultation on-site with a trained consultant who will provide key congregational prescriptions for change that leads to growth.
PHASE 3 Churches who accept the recommendations receive on-going congregational coaching for 12 months. This phase also includes pastor participation in a peer mentoring group for 12 months following the consultation.
Still wondering if SCI is for your church? Here are a few of our churches that have gone through the process that would love to share their their experience:
- Good Shepherd
- St. Marks- Mesquite
- Alvord UMC
- Oak Haven