kept us focused as we faced our new realities.
In 1999 the Minneapolis Area Synod (ELCA) asked Dave Raymond to join the synod's Urban Planning Consultants team.
This team included pastors and lay people and who were trained in the Search Institute congregational planning methodology.
After the Urban Planning Consultants disbanded Raymond
continued to work with local congregations as a sideline to his
At the same time he
did research in the area congregational development.
Over the past 10 years Raymond
has provided coaching, consulting, training, and planning services to over 50 congregations.
co-led workshops at Minneapolis Area Synod assemblies on worship, high performance congregations, and multiracial churches.
He co-chaired the Minneapolis synod's effort to train congregations in the use of demographic data, and served as a trainer in congregational collaboration for the Florida Bahamas Synod of the ELCA.
In 2002 and 2005 he
represented the Minneapolis Area Synod at the ELCA's national Evangelism Leaders Network.
He is an ELCA-trained coach in Natural Church Development.
Raymond was a co-founder and early president of Seward Redesign, a non-profit housing developer that started in 1972 as a partnership between Trinity Lutheran Congregation and a neighborhood organization.
is still strong today, 40 years later.
Raymond has an MA in American Studies from the University of Iowa.
After a career in real estate management, finance and development he
now owns a human services business located in downtown Minneapolis.
He occasionally serves as a consultant to other small businesses.
is motivated by a conviction that we are called to share God's unconditional love for us as shown in Jesus Christ.
You can call Dave
at 612-823-0526 or send a note to Dave@ChurchFuture.com to discuss how ChurchFuture services might work in your situation.