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David Raymond of ChurchFuture, a consulting firm in Minneapolis, often works with mainline Protestant churches that are considering mergers.
In this type of merger, two or more small churches unite rather than consolidating with a larger franchise.
"They are typically in sharp decline," he
"They can't keep going."
Most of the churches he
works with are small - about 70-75 people.
All their attention is focused on survival, so they have little energy to reach out to their neighbors or serve their community.
"When you have that few people - you are chewing up everybody's resources just to keep the Sunday school running and the lights on," he
starts by asking the struggling church to think strategically about its ministry.
often asks, "What can we do to reach out and serve more people in your community?"
"I always put it to the congregation this way," he
"Dave Raymond kept us focused ...
"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
At the same time he did research and study in the field of congregational development.
Over the past 10 years Raymond
has provided coaching, consulting, training, and planning services to almost 70 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.
"David Raymond, a skilled ...
"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."
David Raymond is co-leading this effort in partnership with Pastor Dennis Alexander from the conference staff.
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.
is leading congregation-wide visioning, a congregation information session and a leadership retreat.
was engaged in May, 2011 to help Augustana's leaders identify their options and come to a missional decision about their future.
Raymond also served as the planning and financing consultant for Grace Center.
In 2010 he
coached two nearby Methodist churches as they formed the Northeast United Methodist Church
David Raymond of ...
David Raymond of ChurchFuture
Over the past decade David Raymond from ChurchFuture has worked as a church consultant and coach with almost 70 ELCA, UMC, and UCC churches, individually and in clusters and often in partnership with denominational staff members and other consultants.
Through this experience ChurchFuture has learned how to help congregations uncover their shared vision and take 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.
emphasis is on research-based coaching.
doesn't waste time with pointless exercises or re-plowing old ground.
has developed techniques to involve all members in the process and release their energy.
business background gives him an understanding of financial issues.
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.
has guided a number of church collaborations.
provides a web site, www.churchcollaboration.com , to share some of what we have learned.
was part of innovating the new concept of rebirth mergers.
David Raymond of ...
David Raymond of ChurchFuture has been the facilitator and consultant to the TEAM.
More information about ChurchFuture and Raymond can be found at www.ChurchFuture.com .