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"The team at CPR came to us when we were truly at a crossroads. Other efforts of revitalizing our small congregation had felt like "trial and error" -- mostly error. With practical advice on worship excellence, branding and stewardship, CPR helped us find our voice as a boldly progressive congregation. Over the past six months our worship attendance has grown by 25%. We still have much work to do, but now we can envision a future with hope."
Rev. Ann Ralosky
Senior Minister, First Congregational Church, Montclair, NJ.
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Does Your Church Need New Life?
Today, many of our mainline churches are declining and in need of intentional revitalization. These churches were built in and for an age that has now passed away. They are good, strong churches who have served their communities faithfully. But they were designed to serve a world that no longer exists. We believe that many churches can make the transition into this new age. CPR Congregational Consultants are passionate about coaching your church towards new life in an age of social networking, shifting demographics and declining attendance.
If your congregation is seeking new life, connect with us today.
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Donna E. Allen
New Church Consultant
Donna is a native of East Orange, New Jersey. From her youth, she has been active in the Baptist, Lutheran and Methodist church traditions. She has sought preparation in ministry through her education, which includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Seton Hall University; Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a concentration in homiletics and church history, also from Vanderbilt. Her dissertation title was "Toward A Womanist Homiletic: Katie Cannon, Alice Walker and Emancipatory Proclamation."
New Church Consultant
Teresa Angle-Young is a United Methodist Elder in the North Georgia Conference and the founding planter/pastor of Sacred Tapestry UMC in Marietta, Georgia. She is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and is currently completing her Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching at Aquinas School of Theology in St. Louis, MO. Angle-Young specializes in coaching church planters, preachers, issues around clergy wellness and life balance, clergy burn out, conflict resolution, relationships and couples coaching, work/career challenges, and many other areas. Angle-Young is one of only 18 endorsed Life Coaches in the United Methodist system in the United States. She is a contributing author of Ministry 3.0: How Today's Church Leaders are Using Coaching to Transform Ministry and the upcoming book Stressless Preaching: Getting to Sunday Without Losing Your Religion and a contributor to many publications. She does group coaching, individual coaching, and executive coaching. Angle-Young is also a speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and teaches Church Planting 1.0 and Preaching to Postmoderns for The Center for Progressive Renewal and Church MD.
Consultant for Korean Ministries
Hojung is a missionary. He was raised in presbyterian church in South Korea, ordained 1988 and sent by Kyung-Ki Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) which overseas ecumenical partner of UCC to Connecticut Conference. He is a church founder, has experience as missionary in East Asian countries, while missionary work established several churches in different cultural setting and trained church developers. Established Korean churches in Connecticut 1999. Serving Storrs Korean Church and First Korean UCC. Has variety experience of various Asian cultures and churches.
Social Media Consultant
Kimberly Knight recently received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Religious Studies. Prior to seminary she worked nearly five years as a public school activist in the city of Atlanta. She brings to The Center for Progressive Renewal more than fifteen years of experience across a broad spectrum of technology settings including multimedia production and instructional technology. She currently serves as the pastor of an online congregation that has been gathering for two years in the cyber-world of Second Life. Kimberly, her partner and their two children are active members of Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia.
Church Building & Loan Fund Consultant
Susan was the co-pastor of a new church start, Sankofa UCC, in Atlanta, GA and now serves with the Church Building and Loan Fund in Cleveland, OH. Susan began her ministry as a Christian educator, and, after some years, felt God's call to plant a church in Atlanta. Once a member of Trinity UCC in Chicago, she took her insights and learning from that context and has helped build a thriving new church in the South.
Rev. Dr. Peter Wells
New Church Consultant
A church consultant, coach and social justice advocate, Peter Wells recently ended 11 years as an Associate Conference Minister with the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. His time with the conference allowed him the opportunity to work with over 170 congregations and hundreds of pastors and lay people. He also was the coordinator of the conference’s justice and witness programming. He leaves conference work with lessons and insights on what it takes to nurture and maintain a vital congregation.
Prior to coming to Massachusetts, Peter pastored the New Ark UCC in Newark Delaware for nearly 18 years. A Just Peace and Open and Affirming church the congregation was a new church when he arrived. Peter’s experience in Delaware taught him what it takes to grow a church. Including the truth that the work of justice is a boon not a hindrance to church growth and vitality. During this time Peter also was a consultant working to support the development of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network. Ordained in 1974 Peter served two congregations in Massachusetts and Connecticut and was a community organizer in Hartford prior to moving to Delaware.
Peter believes that congregations are always being offered the choice of either to die or to die. He says that, “A church can try to save their life as it has always been, – hold on to what was, – and live in the glow of past glory. That choice will lead ultimately to death. Or a congregation can choose to die for Christ’s sake. They can let go of the false security of the past, – step out of the boat and walk on the stormy seas of life choosing to follow Jesus into the world as it is not as they might wish it were. That is the choice that leads to new life.” Peter has a passion for the church and a commitment to walk with and support congregations in their efforts to choose life.
He brings to his work:
- 40 years of working with small and large groups
- Training and experience in conflict transformation and church growth,
- A creative imagination
- Attentive ear and welcoming presence
- The ability to engage even the most reluctant participant
- Trust in the process but also flexibility when it is required
- The ability to bring groups to common ground
- A sense of humor