I 75 Report

Exhibit D

(Received by the Mission Council on September 26, 2015)


I-75 Corridor Urban Ministry Collaborative

September 24, 2015 Update



1st Practitioner Gathering, April 21, 2015

14 practitioners from cities along the corridor along with 3 staff members from the Detroit and West Ohio Conferences gathered for an initial meeting.

Outcomes of the meeting:

  1. Practitioners identified three areas of focus: Leadership Development, New Faith Witness, and Wesleyan/Theological Foundation for Urban Ministry.
  2. Practitioners formed three cohorts for continued work on the areas.
  3. Conference staff was assigned to liaison with each cohort: Paul Perez (DAC): Leadership Development, Leroy Chamblis (WOC): New Faith Witness, Dee Stickley Miner (WOC): Wesleyan/Theological Foundation for Urban Ministry



Below is a list of cohort group members and their affiliations.


Leadership Development:

Jim Britt Calvary UMC Flint, MI
Katy Dickson Methodist Theological School of Ohio
Sherry Gale Grace UMC Dayton, OH
Darryl Totty Second Grace UMC Detroit, MI


New Faith Witness:

Larry Clark Monroe Street UMC Toledo, OH
Barbara Dalfer St. Mark’s UMC Lima, OH
Patricia Gandarilla El Buen Pastor UMC Detroit, MI
Scott Lindenberg Ames UMC Saginaw, MI
Jeremy Peters Court Street UMC Flint, MI
Kathy Snedecker First UMC Saginaw, MI
Josh Wynn Higher Grounds UMC Dayton, OH


Wesleyan/Theological Framework for Urban Ministry:

Anthony Hood Scott Memorial UMC Detroit, MI
Jeff Neslon Redford Aldersgate UMC Redford, MI
Marva Pope People’s UMC Detroit, MI


Cohort Meetings, September-October, 2015

The three cohorts meet first by conference call and then in a face to face meeting. Agenda and outcome of these meetings follows:


Leadership Development

Identified Work:

  1. Begin developing “Ecology of Vocation” model to engage discernment and formation points along the natural life cycle of individuals.
  2. Develop urban ministry internship program in collaboration with MTSO with goal of placing pilot group of 1-2 interns in Spring 2016 and 3-4 interns in Fall 2016.
  3. Begin develop “4th year of Seminary” leadership formation program for individuals serving in urban settings in collaboration with MTSO.


New Faith Witness: Conference Call

Identified Work:

The meeting will seek understanding of ministry proposals from your respective locations that might be modeled/replicated to other locations along the corridor answering the following questions:

How will project work?

Whom will it serve?

What goals do you have for it?

How does the project “make disciples for the transformation of world”?

What resources are needed?

How will you evaluate effectiveness?

Is it sustainable?


Wesleyan/Theological Foundations for Urban Ministry

Identified Work:

  1. What is “Urban”? There is an importance in defining the current reality of what the urban landscape looks like along the I-75 Corridor.
  2. Hearing from the ground up about what life is like. What are the aspirations? What are the challenges?
  3. From the lived narrative/reality, how do we talk about faith in ways that make sense to the people living in the community? What does redemption, healing, community, beloved-ness look like and sound like in ways that will be accessible to those living within the context.
  4. Working with Dr. Tim VanMeter at MTSO, identify students who could work with a pilot group of teens and children along the I-75 Corridor.
  5. These interns, along with our cohort group will work together to create resources for work with teens and children in urban areas along the I-75 Corridor. The idea is to allow the resources to emerge from the teens and children. Creating resources for and by those living within the context.
  6. The key goal of this cohort group is developing a theological framework that arises from the urban context present along the I-75 Corridor that will shape and frame the development of ministry.


2nd Practitioners Gathering, October 22, 2015 in Detroit

Cohorts will share their work and identify areas of overlap in order to foster collaboration moving forward, avoid replication and achieve proper alignment of resources.


Proposal Moving Forward

The leaders of this collaborative propose that the practitioners be allowed to formulate SMART Goals for each of the three cohort working areas and that these goals be used to by the Mission Council for on-going evaluation and accountability.





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