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Church Development Team

The mission of the Church Development Team (CDT) is two-fold: to assist in creating New Faith Communities and to support the work of vitality in existing churches.  This mission grew out of the All Things New Plan.  The CDT works to achieve this mission through the following areas:

Five Talent Academy Team

Equipping Planter Team

Large Church Leadership Team

Mid-size Church Leadership Team

Small Church Leadership Team

Currently, leadership grants include support of Fresh Expressions (Conference-wide), Next Level Innovations (NOVA Bi-Districts, Richmond and Elizabeth River Districts), and Creating a Culture of Renewal (Eastern Shore District).

In support of the CDT mission, applications for New Faith Communities and Leadership Grants are accepted four times each year.  Applications are due one month prior to scheduled CDT meetings and should be submitted to the Interim Associate Director of Congregational Excellence. 

Meetings for 2020-2021 are as follows: October 7, December 2, February 3, and April 28.

2019-2020 members of CDT: Paul Baker (Chair), David Bonney, Sarah Calvert (Cabinet Rep), Beth Christian, MaryKaye Cochran (staff), Randy Duncan, Melissa Dunlap, Amanda Garber, Don Gibson, Rachel Gilmore, Ellen Heatwole, Chad Herndon, R.J. Jun, Carl Perez, Hieu Phan, Mike Plasters, Gordon Pruitt, Jill Riddle, Will Sloan.

For additional information or questions, please contact MaryKaye Cochran, Interim Associate Director of Congregational Excellence,, 804.521.1155.