In the Center for Church Development (CCD), we believe that churches plant churches. Because of this, our vision for planting is simple: we want to partner with every church in the North Texas Conference and provide support in order to see the majority of churches transforming communities through planting.

In the CCD, we define planting as any endeavor that seeks to engage a neighborhood in discipleship and gospel renewal through the creation of new and/or innovative missional strategies. In short, the CCD will endeavor to create a discipleship movement by supporting churches in developing new spaces for new faces. 

Over the past two years, the CCD has moved all church starts to matching funding. Strategic and contextual grants have replaced uniform and block grants for new churches in the North Texas Conference. In 2020, CCD projects are receiving anywhere between $0.11 to $2 from the CCD for each $1 in congregational giving up to a specific total amount for each project.

This model has worked well. In a normal season, this funding model increases congregational giving, outside support of new churches, and greater connectionalism as congregations learn their gifts are being matched by the North Texas Conference. To state the obvious, we are not in a "normal season."

To adapt to the decline in offerings during this season when our churches are not congregating, the CCD is adapting funding of new churches. For each Sunday one of the new churches is not meeting, the CCD  will fund the new churches as if the congregational offerings met the full grant potential. For example, if a church has a $5,200 grant potential for the year, the congregation can expect to receive the full $100 for each Sunday the congregation did not hold in-person Sunday worship ($5,200 / 52 Sundays a year).

In doing this the CCD is taking away the additional stress of planting pastors and congregations of not meeting their matches for CCD funding during this abnormal season. While this adjustment in funding does not affect the total amounts available for each church start or the annual conference budget, our new churches in the North Texas Conference can know that their conference stands behind them and supports them in these difficult times. Please pray for our new church pastors and congregations as we all continue to pray for one another in these difficult times for our world, nation, Church, and conference.


Healthy Church Essentials

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The Healthy Church Initiative is a team-based, leadership development discovery process that helps churches to more effectively carry out their ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For more information contact Liliana Pena at [email protected] or 972-526-5052.

Church Planting

Classes are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 21, 2019: Mission Ecclesiology ($10, includes lunch, at Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space)

Dec. 7, 2019: Becoming an Incarnational Congregation ($10, includes lunch, at 723 Fort Worth Ave. Dallas, Texas)

March 14, 2020: Developing Congregational Identity ($10, includes lunch)

June 20, 2020: Developing a Discipleship/Leadership Ecosystem in your Church ($10, includes lunch)

The CCD offers a free one-hour webinar every 3rd Tuesday (11 a.m. to noon) via a Zoom conference call. One week before each webinar, attendees will receive an email with the Zoom instructions.

August: Mission Centered Church

What does it mean to be a mission centered church? How is this different from how we have traditionally understood ourselves? In this webinar we will take a look at where we have come from and how that has impacted who we are as the church. We will then talk about some of important shifts we need to make in order to speak meaningfully into our culture.

September: Identifying Social Mosaics in your Local Community

We were made for relationships. It used to be that people would gather in churches but as our society has changed so have our gathering practices. During this webinar we will discuss what it might look like for a church to identify gather places that already exist in their community and then go be present in those spaces to build relationships and disciple people.

October: Creating a Personal Rule of Life

As Pastors and leaders, we are surround by an endless amount of needs. It can be easy for us to think it is our job to meet every need and in the process neglect our own soul. A rule of life is an ancient practice that helps people build regular spiritual rhythms into their life so that they are formed and transformed in order to be an agent of transformation in their vocational calling.

November: How to do 1 to 1's to Develop New Contacts

After doing ministry for even a short period of time we realize that our circle of influence can become almost exclusively people in our congregation. This is true of Pastor’s but also commonly true of the people in our churches. Is it possible to give the people in our churches a simple tool to help them stretch beyond their comfort zone to meet new people, have engaging conversations, learn about the community and potentially grow our church? We believe relational 1 to 1’s is a simple resource that can help leaders and churches stay connected to their community and broaden their circle of influence.

January: Developing Core Values

Who are we and what are we here for? These are fundamental questions that as leader we must keep in front of us on a regular basis. Too often we are able to answer the questions: 'What do you do?' and 'How do you do it?' But rarely are leaders able to articulate a compelling answer to: 'Why do you do what you do?' Values are the starting point of vision, they tell us who we are and out of that inform what we do. To be a healthy person we must have a growing understanding and acceptance of our own identity ... the same is true for our churches.

February: Creating a Compelling Vision

As leaders we have a responsibility to tell a compelling story of where the church is going and how we are going to get there. For some it is easy to imagine a point five years into the future that can inspire, but struggle to develop a way to get there. For others they can develop a strategy but it is difficult to step outside of the day-to-day and imagine a better future. In this webinar we will introduce the Horizon storyline tool as a resource that can help leaders both dream and develop strategy. We will also take some time to scan several ecclesiological typologies as a way of helping point participants in the right direction when it comes to imagining their future.

March: Establishing Rhythm in your Church Calendar

Do you know what distinguishes noise from music? It is rhythm. Too often our congregations are more noise than they are music. It is important for us to develop a cadence within our calendar that is connected to who we are (values) and where it is we feel God is inviting us to go (vision). If you want to know what a church truly values take a look at their calendar, checkbook, conversations, contemplations. This month's webinar will introduce the idea of creating rhythms in our activity that align with our values and vision. This is often one the most overlooked aspects of leadership.

April: Team Building

How do you build strategic teams guided by a compelling vision? This month we will look at how to build a team. From finding the right people for the team, to developing the team to be highly productive. All teams typically go through the same stages as they evolve towards productivity. As leaders, when we understand those stages, we can help shorten the time it takes to become productive and build teams that help people flourish. In this webinar we will also discuss potential pitfalls of team development and how to overcome those.

May: Leading Productive Meetings

Most of us don’t like meetings, yet they are necessary if we want to be collaborative and productive. The reality is that meetings are not the problem, leaders who do not know how to run productive meetings are the problem. In this webinar we will discuss different kinds of meetings and the components of a productive meeting.

June: Creating a Discipleship Ecosystem

Discipleship is not linear, but as leaders we must develop a strategy for how we are going to make disciples. In this webinar we will develop a definition of what we think a disciple is and then work through a process of creating a ecosystem in our church that helps make disciples. We will look at different examples of discipleship and use a human centered design tool to develop our own discipleship ecosystem.

Black Church Initiative

A Passion for Preaching, Theological Purpose for Preaching, Preparation – Exegesis of both text and context and Plot – Communication plans for sermons that gain and maintain the listener attention during the message retain a hold on their minds and actions long after the last word is spoken. For more information contact Rev. S. Dianna Masters at [email protected]

September 24, 2019: Introduction of 4P’s of preaching. Focus is Plot.

November 15, 2019: online session. Focus is Preparation

January 15, 2020: online session. Focus is Purpose

March 19, 2020: online session. Focus is Plot

April 30, 2020: Perkins Great Hall. Time of celebration and evaluation development.

African American style with an emphasis on Millennials in partnership with Rev. Dr. Kevin Murriell. For more information contact Rev. S. Dianna Masters at [email protected]

September 25, 2019: At NTC Ministry Center

November 17, 2019: online session. Focus is vision for chuch growth

January 16, 2020: online session. Focus is exploring prosperity preaching

March 20, 2020: online session. Focus is the role of celebration in preaching

May 1, 2020: At NTC Ministery Center. Focus is evaluation and next steps.

These sessions will meet online using Zoom with a closing session in person. For more information contact Rev. S. Dianna Masters at [email protected]

Sept. 10, 2019: Death of the church as it is now

Oct. 15, 2019: And I tell you that you are a Peter

Nov. 19, 2019: It's a ghost

Feb. 11, 2020: When did you doubt?

March 24, 2020: Gennesaret

Churches will work with a coach that will help them create healthy pathways with a focus on Welcoming, Nurturing, Empowering, Serving and Discipling. The BCI team will meet monthly with the pastoral team and the coach on a Zoom call after an inital site visit. The coach will set the schedule. For more information contact Rev. S. Dianna Masters at [email protected]