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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 two weeks prior to scheduled CDT meetings. New Faith Community and Leadership Applications should be submitted to Paul Baker, CDT Chair,

Meetings for 2020-2021 are as follows: October 7, December 2, February 3, and April 26.

2020-2021 members of CDT: Paul Baker (Chair), David Bonney, Clarence Brown, Sarah Calvert (Cabinet Rep), Beth Christian, Randy Duncan, Melissa Dunlap, Amanda Garber, Don Gibson, Rachel Gilmore, Kotosha Griffin, Ellen Heatwole, Chad Herndon, R.J. Jun, Hieu Phan, Mike Plasters, Gordon Pruitt, Jill Riddle, Will Sloan.

For additional information or questions, please contact Paul Baker,