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:
- Grants for New Faith Communities
- Leadership Grants for existing churches
- Five Talent Academy Team
- Large Church Leadership Team
- Mid-size Church Leadership Team
- Small Church Leadership Team
Currently, leadership grants include support of Next Level Innovations (NOVA Bi-Districts, Richmond and Elizabeth River Districts) and Creating a Culture of Renewal (in partnership with The Office of Clergy Excellence) as well as local church initiatives to increase the Church’s outreach to the unchurched and dechurched.
In support of the CDT mission, the team accepts applications for New Faith Communities and Leadership Grants four times each year. Applications are due at two weeks prior to scheduled CDT Assessment Team meetings. New Faith Community and Leadership Applications should be submitted to Dwayne Stinson, Associate Director of Influence, [email protected].
Regular meetings for 2022-2023 are as follows:
- October 4, 2022, in person, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Grant applications due 9/14/22)
- November 17, 2022 (if needed) (Grant applications due by October 28)
- January 24, 2023, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Grant applications due by January 3)
- March 28, 2023, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Grant applications due by February 28)
2022-2023 members of CDT: Stephanie Kimec-Parker (Chair), Clarence Brown, Sarah Calvert (Cabinet Rep), Randy Duncan, Amanda Garber, Don Gibson, Kotosha Griffin, Gary Heaton, David Jimenez-Cardenas, Michelle Matthews, Daniel Park, Hieu Phan, Mike Plasters, Jill Riddle, Dwayne Stinson (Staff), Tim Tate, and Tim Ward.