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Employment History

Lutheran and Community Resource
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Member, Synod's Urban Planning Consultants Team
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The Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Florida Bahamas Synod

ELCA-trained Coach In Natural Church Development

Co-Founder and Early President
Seward Redesign

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Church Consultant and Coach
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Planning and Financing Consultant
Grace Center for Community Life


American Studies
University of Iowa

M. A.
University of Iowa

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"Dave Raymond kept us focused ...

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"Dave Raymond 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 other business. 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. He 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.
In his younger days 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. Seward Redesign 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.
Dave Raymond 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.

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"David Raymond, a skilled consultant and caring churchman was able to effectively lead our congregation and our local cluster of congregations into a vision for mission and ministry that we could own and develop using the tools he pro-vided during his sessions with us. He carefully and skillfully enabled us to discover together the resources we had in order to meet the common goals we established in a process that was framed by open, honest, and mutually caring conversation. David truly made it possible for us to do the work that we wanted and needed to do together without pressure or pushing his own agenda."

The congregation's leaders and David Raymond are developing a plan so that the building can become self-sustaining to serve as a Lutheran and community resource for many years to come.
Fifteen Twin Cities UMC churches participated in the Healthy Small Church Initiative spo Healthy Small Church Initiative nsored by the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. David Raymond and Pastor Dennis Alexander from the conference staff led this effort.
The leaders wanted to be sure that the building planning was aligned with a renewed vision for the future, so they engaged Dave Raymond as a coach. Raymond led congregation-wide visioning, a congregation information session and a leadership retreat.
Dave Raymond was engaged in May, 2011 to help Augustana's leaders identify their options and come to a missional decision about their future.
Raymond served as the planning and financing consultant for Grace Center.
In March, 2013 Spirit of Grace and the Florida-Bahamas Synod ELCA asked Dave Raymond to return to Florida to help the congregation reset its future direction. Dave organized an on-line survey of congregation members that got 230 responses, and he spent four days working with Spirit of Grace leaders.

Episcopal Diocese of Iowa - Diocesan Convention

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Bishops Wamukoya and Peni, along with David Raymond (organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul) were honored as Canons of the Cathedral.

 David Raymond WHEREAS, David A. Raymond, Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in the Diocese of Iowa began playing the organ at age 13; and WHEREAS, he studied at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, continued his studies at the University of Kansas; and WHEREAS, he has been the organist at St. Luke's, Des Moines and has performed on many of the great organs in the United States; and WHEREAS, he has been the organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul since August 1988, overseeing the design and installation of the 68 rank Casavant organ, where he continues to enrich their worship; therefore BE IT RESOLVED, that on behalf of the Diocese of Iowa, the Episcopal Corporation of Iowa gives thanks to God for the many years of musical gifts shared by David and prays that God will enable him to "make a joyful noise" for many years to come.

David Raymond of ...

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David Raymond of ChurchFuture Over the past decade David Raymond from ChurchFuture has worked as a church consultant and coach with over 70 ELCA, UMC, and UCC churches, often in partnership with denominational staff members and other consultants. Through this experience ChurchFuture has learned how to help congregations uncover their shared vision for the future and take the steps to bring a brighter future into fruition.

"Dave is a very able leader of groups and always looks to hear all voices of those attending the meeting.
As a lay person and business owner Raymond brings a down-to-earth perspective together with a vision of what congregations can accomplish for the kingdom of God. His emphasis is on research-based coaching. He doesn't waste time with pointless exercises or re-plowing old ground. He has developed techniques to involve all members in the process and release their energy. His business background gives him an understanding of financial issues. He has used that understanding to help many congregations expand their financial resources and use them wisely. The services page has more information about Raymond's background.
Sometimes the pathway to a brighter future involves partnership with other congregations. ChurchFuture has guided a number of church collaborations. ChurchFuture provides a web site, www.churchcollaboration.com , to share some of what we have learned. Raymond was part of innovating the new concept of rebirth mergers.

Transforming Church | Resources | David Raymond

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David Raymond Transforming Church | Resources | David Raymond

Transforming Church
Be the change.
David Raymond
David Raymond moved to Minneapolis in 1971 after earning an M.A. in American Studies at the University of Iowa. For a number of years he worked in the fields of housing management, finance, and real estate development for governmental agencies and private companies. Much of this work was in the area of housing for low and moderate-income people. Raymond currently owns and operates a human services business located in downtown Minneapolis. He sometimes serves as a consultant to small businesses in the areas of business plans, feasibility studies, and financial management. He and his wife Barbara live in south Minneapolis where they are members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
In 1999 Pastor Donald Rudrud invited Raymond to join the Urban Planning Consultants, a panel of clergy and lay people who were trained by the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA to work with city congregations.
Since then Raymond and has continued to work with congregations on an independent basis, often as a partner with other consultants. This work is carried out by ChurchFuture.com.
Raymond has served as a coach/consultant to 17 congregations that have contemplated some form of collaboration. He has guided four significant consolidations that involved a total of 12 congregations. He recently formed a web site, www.churchcollaboration.com, to share his expertise and experience with others. He is a trainer in an effort by the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA called "Together in Mission" to develop a pool of 45 pastors and lay leaders who can serve as coaches for congregational redevelopment and collaboration throughout Florida.
Raymond has co-led workshops at Minneapolis Area Synod seminars and Synod Assemblies on three topics: Worship for Evangelism, High Performance Congregations, and Multiracial Churches. He serves as an Annotator for the Alban Institute, and chaired the synod's effort to train congregations to use demographic information from Precept. He is an ELCA-trained coach in Natural Church Development. In 2002 and 2005 he represented the Minneapolis Area Synod at the ELCA's national Evangelism Leaders Network. He can be contacted at 612-823-0526 or dave@churchfuture.com.

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