Is your church interested in more effectively carrying out its mission? Is it at a place where it's ready to do something but isn't sure what to do next? Is it interested in acquiring tools from which it could benefit for years to come?

If so, consider participating in the Redevelopment Venture Process (RVP). A new group of North Indiana Conference churches will begin this 18-month, team-based process Sept. 29. To learn more, plan to attend a free introduction to RVP from 10 a.m. to 12 noon EDT on Saturday, May 5 at First UMC in Wabash, Ind.

Bev Wynn, a laywoman from Elkhart Calvary UMC, says that her church is still using the tools even though it finished RVP.

The Rev. Judy Rice, a retired Deacon who served at Ft. Wayne Covenant UMC, said that RVP helped the church empower its laity. People who didn't realize that they're leaders discovered who they were.

The Rev. Steve Austin, associate pastor of Warsaw First UMC, said RVP helped his church work through its decision to start an off-site congregation.

For more information, contact Ed Fenstermacher by e-mail at, visit or call toll-free 800-783-5138.