Goal to launch 30 new UMCs in Indiana!

Posted: June 5, 2014 by efenster in Uncategorized

CCI LogoThirty new churches by 2020…that’s a goal set by the Church Development Team for the Indiana Conference.  The hope is for the conference to exceed its present church-planting rate.  The Indiana Conference has had about 25 new-church plants over the past 15 years.  So, the goal the next six years is to triple this rate.  To do that will require significant partnership with all the United Methodist churches in the conference.

  • It will require intentional prayer support.
  • It will require partnering with churches that already have a vision for developing new congregations.
  • It will require identifying lay and clergy leaders who have the attributes of a church planter.
  • And it will require raising additional funding.

To that end, we’re launching an initiative called, “Exceed,” whose purpose is to generate an additional funding stream beyond the present sources.  All funds given through Exceed, an Advanced Special of the Indiana Conference, will go solely to help fund new-church plants and off-site/new campuses of existing churches.  You’ll be hearing more about this in the future!

Right now you can participate by praying for this effort, becoming a financial supporter of Exceed by signing up at the website,  helping identify potential church planters, and exploring the possibility of your church perhaps sponsoring one of these 30 new churches.

Why is this so important?  Because studies show that new churches are much more likely reach new persons for Christ than existing ones.  Churches tend to go through life cycles.  The older a church is the more inward focus it becomes.  A new church is totally focused on reaching its mission field.

So, won’t you partner with us?

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director for Church Development





The Exceed Initiative is a ministry whose purpose is to generate new funding to start new churches in Indiana. The Exceed Initiative will raise $1.5 million to cover the launch of 30 new reproducing faith communities by 2020. New faith communities are the most effective way to reach unreached people. This initiative is a call to action for you and others to exceed your normal church giving by supporting this cause either through a one-time give or regular on-going support.


The Conference Church Development committee will be responsible for vetting each new faith community and expending the funds to discover, develop, and deploy into action passionate spiritual leaders and teams.  The Exceed Initiative offers 7 ways to give. Details are available on the website. Since 2009, this team has invested more than $1.3M in grants toward establishing new congregations, worship services, and faith communities. In order to reach our goal of starting 30 new faith communities, however, it will be necessary to raise additional funds each year through Exceed.


We’re counting on leaders like you and God, “…who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)



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