Whether new or seasoned, this page is your go-to place for resources from MDBA.
Click here for information regarding the process for a church to become a member of Middle District.
Church planting is a significant part of Middle District’s mission. We are interested in starting all forms of churches: traditional, contemporary, house churches, multi-sites, and missional communities. If you would like more information on starting a church or joining a team of people who feel called of God to start a new church, please contact our Executive Director, Jim Hamacher.
Included in Middle District’s purpose statement is our desire to “strengthen” churches”. If your particular need is not represented on this list below or in the “resources” section of this site, please contact the Middle District office and we will do our best to help.
Re-visioning / Strategic Planning / Fellowship of Transitioning Churches
Through prayer and planning your church can “re-dream your dream” for ministry. Many styles of planning are available. The Executive Director can help your church leadership decide what is the best approach in discerning God’s direction for your congregation’s future. One of the most effective approach’s available is Middle District’s “Fellowship of Transitioning Churches” which is a “turn-around” strategy that is a 12 – 18 month process.
Many churches consider a series of worship services with a preacher as their primary tool for revival. However, other approaches have also been used by God to significantly impact congregational life. Church-wide studies, lay renewal weekends, small group studies are other ways that God has blessed His church in recent years. The Executive Director will be happy to discuss ideas and resources that might best fit your church at this time in its spiritual development.
Growth / Sunday School Consultation
Many programs and opportunities for training are available to churches wishing to explore effective methods of growth. One of the most current and popular, Transformational Church, can be provided through Middle District can recommend trainers / consultants who will come to your church. Likewise training resources and personnel are available to your church as well as training material in the MDBA resource library.
Church Health / Conflict Management
Every church has conflict. But few leaders know how to deal with that conflict in a healthy, productive way. When conflict becomes significant, the question is how to work through disagreements and different viewpoints to preserve or restore the unity of the church and facilitate its growth and ministry. Talk to Dr. Hamacher who will help you consider what are the best next steps in the life of the church.
Personal – Professional Coaching for Ministers
Sometimes a person can benefit from guidance beyond attending a seminar or reading a book. Personal coaching is available to Middle District ministry leaders, both lay and ordained.
Christian Credit Union
Middle District pastors and staff members are automatically eligible to be a member of Entrust Financial Credit Union. Any member church of Middle District may make this credit union available to all of their church members. Click on the above link to view the current training opportunities.
Marriage Enrichment speakers and retreat leaders are available to you through Middle District. Also videos and books for your retreat or small group seminar can be found in our media library and website resource page.