Thank you for applying to Pathways for Congregational Development. Pathways is a process and guide to help you discern God’s calling and plan for your congregation. Pathways offers your congregation an opportunity to assess your current situation, to learn and grow in understanding, and to create a plan that will give your congregation the tools and a plan to transform lives, the congregation, and your community.

Pathways will create clarity and focus for your ministry that will bear fruit and sustainable results. In addition, it will engage the congregation in intercultural competency work, which is an essential part of Christian discipleship. Depending on the goals of your local congregation this work may take 3 to 18 months. The first step of the journey is planning, assessment and discernment which is expected to take less than 3 months. Following this process, the congregation can move on to other specific areas of focus for the next 6 to 15 months.

Your congregation will be doing this work as a team, that must include the pastor. In addition, each church will be assigned a facilitator/coach that will assist you in the assessing, learning, developing, and carrying out your plan. Pathways will guide you in the team selection process, so please do not begin selecting team members until after meeting with your assigned coach/facilitator. However, do introduce Pathways to your congregational leaders, an introduction video is available here.

All areas of the application, including signatures are required to be processed. Churches will be notified of their acceptance. Address all questions and your application to the Coordinator of Pathways, Regional Resource Director, Rev. Gina Yeske at gyeske@gnjumc.org.

To input your information, click on the dark gray areas within the highlighted areas and begin typing. Please complete all gray highlighted areas. Responses must fit in the box and space provided.

Contact Information:

Church Name/Names(Required)
Church Address(Required)

To obtain your church’s statistics:

Go to: ezra.gcfa.org using the username and password assigned to you. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Administrator.

Professions of Faith Information:

Average Worship Attendance Information:

Please identify 3 areas where you are seeking to address challenges in your ministry, so that you may make disciples to transform the world. Please be specific. (For example: We see a decline in pledges and offerings and would like to address how to turn this around.)

Signature Section

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Agreement of the Pastor:

As the Pastor of United Methodist Church, I am willing and able to commit my time and effort to the process and will do all I can to support and encourage the congregation throughout this process.
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Agreement of Church Council Chair/Leadership Board Chair:

Our congregational leaders are ready and willing to engage in this process.
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