Five Practices

A facilitated process to help you reconnect with God's purpose for your congregation

Five Practices: Make a Shift

Five Practices will help you take practical steps to strengthen the quality of your church’s essential ministries and to reconnect with God’s purpose for your congregation. These are two important components of making a small but significant Shift from Maintenance to Mission.

This work is based on the book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, which focuses on the five essential activities of vital, healthy churches. The Five Practices are:

  • Radical hospitality
  • Passionate worship
  • Intentional faith development
  • Risk-taking mission and service
  • Extravagant generosity

The next conference-wide offering of this program will launch on January 28, 2017.


How does Five Practices work?

  • Each church recruits a leadership team made up of the pastor and at least three lay members.
  • Everyone attends the Kick-Off Event on Saturday, January 28, 2017, for orientation to Five Practices and further conversation about Shift. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Each leadership team meets back home six times. The group works the Five Practices themes guided by a trained facilitator.
    Your team will assess your church in these areas and create an action plan for strengthening your ministries

Your church will benefit from Five Practices if it:

  • Isn’t sure where or how to begin with a Shift
  • Has resources of faith, leadership, and finances that make it possible to devote time to a new project;
  • Is not experiencing serious conflict and has a pattern of healthy communication among members and leaders;
  • Can put together a team of lay leaders who can envision a different future;
  • Can commit to full participation in all six back home sessions and the gathering at the Conference Center.

Cost: $85.00 per person. This includes one copy of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase, copies of the workbook series for all members of your team, the kick-off event, and a back home facilitator. The facilitator’s travel costs to your church are extra. Overnight lodging costs for the January gathering are not included.

To register for Five Practices:

  • Use the online registration or download the registration form and return to the Conference office.
  • Recruit a team and work on preparation assignments before the January 28, 2017, Kick-Off Event. These assignments will be sent to you after you have registered.

Please contact Nola Risse-Connolly for information on nearby, reasonably priced motels at (608) 846-7880 or email Nola. There is a room block set up at the Holiday Inn Express for the night of January 27. To get the Conference’s special rate, call the hotel at (608) 846-8686 and let them know you are registering for the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ room block for January 27.

If your church is interested in starting with Five Practices before January, 2017, or if you have completed the program and want to do more, we encourage you to contact Tisha Brown via email. We can help you get started or keep going without having to wait until 2017.


More Information

Rev. Tisha Brown
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More questions about the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations series? Go to

Online registration

Informational flyer and printable registration form


“I’ve reviewed the ‘Five Practices’ materials and am so excited to be a trainer for this program. Many of the make-sense suggestions the author gives for today’s churches are things we do in my home church, and we’ve found them to be very effective. I feel this program will benefit every congregation that jumps on board.” –Sandi Van Sistine, First UCC, Green Bay



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