For the past several years, WCI has been a valuable tool in building vital churches as it provides an active process of discernment for local congregations. The goal of WCI has been to help congregations follow the lead of the Holy Spirit to discover how God is calling them to live out their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in the 21st century.
WCI Resources are now available for any local church, circuit, or district to use. They include Booklets and WCI Sessions that address specific topics. Booklets can be used as they are. Sessions include videos as well as group discussions. A Core Process booklet is available for all Sessions. Booklets and Sessions resources are available in PDF format. Some paperback Booklets are still available (just pay for shipping).
Whole Church Sessions
Session 1: The Church Today
Goal: This session is designed for a group to dig deeper into our new reality (60-90 minutes depending on the conversation).
Things have shifted — our culture, our churches, our communities. We all know that. This session helps us better understand the lifecycle of organizations, the possibility of resurrection in our churches, and the challenge associated with asking the question, “where did everyone go?”
Session 2: Mission of the Church
Goal: This Session is designed to discover how important it is to know WHY we do what we do (65-75 minutes depending on the conversation).
What is your church’s mission? Your purpose? Your Why? If we don’t understand why we do what we do, it is hard to invite others to join with us or join with others already doing that work in the world.
Session 3: What Are We Doing?
Goal: This session is designed to discuss identifying and measuring ministry outcomes (90-105 minutes depending on the conversation).
What are we trying to do, and what difference are we trying to make? Once we know our mission or why we do what we do, then we need to discover ways to determine if we have accomplished what we set out to do.
Session 4: Environmental Protection
Goal: This session is designed to discuss the importance of prioritizing important work (60 minutes depending on the conversation).
Our church leadership teams set the tone for the work of the church. How might church meetings and ministries change if discussions focused on welcoming new ideas and what is important rather than urgent?
Session 5: Faith Sharing
Goal: This Session is designed for individual reflection and group discussion about their faith stories and how crucial sharing faith stories is (120 minutes depending on the conversation).
We have a story to tell of God in Jesus Christ. What is our faith story? God has been with us throughout our lives. What would happen if we shared our experience with Amazing Love and invited others to see God in their own lives?
Session 6: Find Your Foundation (works with Readiness 360 results)
This helps a team or group better understand the Readiness 360 survey results. Use this resource after the Readiness 360 report has been provided to a church team. By the end of this Session (80-100 minutes depending on the conversation), the church team will come up with 1 experiment, a simple thing, that can be done in the next 60 days to achieve a quick win in your area of strength.
The Readiness 360 report helps congregations gain shared, unprecedented insight into where they are so that any new vision, goal, or ministry becomes more achievable. Each church in the Mountain Sky Conference can use Readiness 360. See our Vitality for Established Congregations page for more information.
Whole Church Resources for Spiritual Development
- Wesleyan Small Group 8 Week Guide
- This booklet is a great resource to use when a new team is formed. It suggests using a Convener (group leader) as the spiritual formation leader. Additionally, groups can read a book together. There are a few suggestions for books to read. This booklet suggests a team meeting weekly for eight weeks.
- Wesley Small Group 4 Week Guide
- This booklet is a great resource to use when a new team is formed. It suggests using a Convener (group leader) as the spiritual formation leader. Additionally, groups can read a book together. There are a few suggestions for books to read. This booklet suggests a team meeting weekly for four weeks.
- Spiritual Formation Booklet
- This booklet provides spiritual formation activities for a small group. Thank you to the “Pilot Group” of SonRise Church, Pueblo West, Colorado, for letting WCI use their collected resources.
- Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts Booklet
- There are many spiritual gifts, studies, and inventories. The United Methodist Church has a booklet and an online assessment that individuals and groups can discover their spiritual gifts. UMC.com provides these at no cost.
- PDF booklet
- Online Assessment
Whole Church Resources for Church Vitality
- Whole Discipleship: Workbook and Leader Guide
- How do churches make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? This workbook helps a church team create a process for making disciples. This is not a one-size-fits-all resource. Instead, because each church and context are different, an organic process developed by a church team could meet its needs better. A workbook and leader guide are both available.
- Know Your Neighbor: Workbook and Leader Guide — works with MissionInsite
- What do you do with demographic data about your church? Each church in the conference has access to MissionInsite, one such resource that provides a wealth of demographic data. This workbook helps a church team look at the data and figure out how the data can inform a church’s mission and ministries offered. A workbook and leader guide are both available.
- Missional Outreach: Workbook and Leader Guide
- Your church would like to meet our neighbors and provide ministries that meet their needs. Great! Now what? This workbook offers a way for a church team to look at how to create relationships with the community, imagine what resources are already available to do this critical work, and the importance of building community. At the end is a task list to help create a ministry experiment. A workbook and leader guide are both available.
- Whole Church Initiative
- The conference-facilitated WCI process wrapped up in 2018.
- A modified self-guided WCI process is available for churches that would like to use these resources on their own or within a circuit. This document explains the process.
- The WCI Sessions are available for any church to use here.
- Creating Next Steps
- How does a church team move from learning to implementing? This booklet helps a church team create experiments that utilize what they have learned about themselves and their community. It is a great guide to help a team move from what it has just learned to do something new.
- Case Study Format
- This Format provides a way for any group to use Case Studies in its work. This can be used in any setting, both clergy and lay.