The SED process of congregational renewal was developed by Rev. Dr. Bill Seaman. It is intended not only for congregations that have identified that they may be in a process of plateau or decline, but for congregations that want to enhance their spiritual life and discipleship. A significant focus of congregational renewal is involvement in the SED iNeighborhood focus.The renewal team continues to develop materials for spiritual growth and renewal, training coaches and developing seminars for renewal. For more information contact Rev. Seaman. firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregational Renewal in the SED
Definition of Congregational Renewal
Congregational Renewal - Desired Outcomes
The SED congregational renewal process began in 2009 after a year of preparation. As of 2016 thirty congregations have been involved in some manner. Eight congregations asked for a presentation about the process and then made a decision not to become involved. Four congregations made a decision to begin the process but have not yet completed the first phase of the process, which includes a prayer retreat, month of prayer and a weekend discovery process. Four congregations completed phase one, but voted not to continue with phase two. Phase two involves a commitment to work on reaching goals for at least two years with the assistance of a trained renewal coach and resources provided by the Discovery Team. Thirteen congregations completed phase one and then moved into phase two of the process. One congregation is using SED renewal resources, but is developing their own process for renewal. All of the congregations that have engaged in phase two have demonstrated progress in reaching at least some of their goals. Of those who completed only phase one, they have also made some progress moving forward.