Founded in 1969, the Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church is made up of 442 churches, 723 clergy members and over 90,000 lay members. The conference is headquartered in Flint, Mich.
The vision of the Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church is to create and nurture dynamic and fruitful congregations who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Beginning in July 2012, the Detroit Conference embarked on a five-year strategic plan, creating three Vision Pathways and seven measurable benchmarks to better fullfill its vision.
Vision Pathway 1: Creating New Spaces for New Faces.
Benchmark 1: The Conference will create and nurture at least two new worshiping communities each year for the next five years.
Benchmark 2: The Conference will lead existing congregations in reaching the people of their communities, addressing the demographics of their specific neighborhoods, thus reaching more people; younger people; and more diverse people.
Vision Pathway 2: Developing principled Christian Leaders for the church and the World.
Benchmark 3: The Conference will assist 95% of its congregations in developing interactive ministries with their communities.
Benchmark 4: The Conference will lead congregations in increasing their new professions of faith by 3% beginning with at least one in the next year.
Vision Pathway 3: Engaging Mission Partnerships and Transforming Communities.
Benchmark 5: The Conference will lead the majority of active members in 75% of its congregations to engagement in transformational local, regional and global missions.
Benchmark 6: The Conference will lead each congregation in developing 1-5 partnerships with existing ministries in the conference and Michigan Area.
Benchmark 7: 100% of Detroit Conference congregations will move toward 100% payment of their apportionments.