MCCI is comprised of a flight of churches each year that have been recommended by the cabinet as meeting this specific criteria, and are then prayerfully selected and invited by the Bishop to participate. For congregations that sign the MCCI covenant, a 2-3 year process is launched involving:
Concentrated new ministry leadership skills training each month for the pastors in the Initiative (80 plus hours total throughout the year, along with accountability for implementation back home at their churches) that includes starting a congregational Breakthrough Prayer Initiative
“Undercover Worshippers” who visit and worship at each of the churches in the MCCI, and then provide extensive feedback about their experiences
A thorough self-study by each church, including history, finances, staffing, organization, ministry activities and demographic setting
A three-day MCCI on-site weekend provided by the MCCI Consultation Team that culminates in a consultation report with five unique “prescriptions” (recommendations), or next steps the church needs to take to move from plateau/decline into jumpstarting new fruitfulness.
If an MCCI church votes 75% or better to accept its prescriptions (via an official church conference), the decision is made to go forward. The pastor leads the implementation of the prescriptions, with the assistance of “prescription coaches” (ministry leaders who already have a successful track record in their own setting with that prescription) to help guide and advise. The prescription coaches are underwritten by your conference, and continue to guide the pastor and congregation for up to two years.
Cohort one: Fargo First, Huron First, Pierre First, Sioux Falls First, Spearfish
Cohort two: Grand Forks Wesley, Madison, Rapid City First, Valley City Epworth, Watertown First
Cohort three: Bismarck McCabe, Brookings First, Fargo Faith, Jamestown First, Sioux Falls Asbury, Sturgis
Cohort four: Dickinson, Fargo Calvary, Harrisburg, Jamestown St. Paul, Mitchell First, Rapid City Rapid Valley
MCCI is creating a new vision encouraging churches to launch new ministries. Here is an example.