Missional Church Consultation Initiative

MCCI Update (Missional Church Consultation Initiative)

Sunday, November 3, 2019 was a landmark day for Grace UMC, as the members present voted (in a special church conference) overwhelmingly to accept the MCCI Report and Prescriptions to help move Grace Church to the next level of ministry and mission in Zanesville and beyond.

Since that time several Prescription Teams have been developed and populated by members self-selecting in what ways to serve.

Team leaders were prayerfully considered and team meetings began.

Then, COVID entered the scene!

While it changed everything, some things continued.

Below is a brief summary of the present state of our MCCI Implementation.

Breakthrough Prayer Team – CHRISTY SWOPE

Having met our coaches multiple times in the past few months, the team is seeking new ways to engage the congregation in prayer.

During the month of November, the team is inviting you to pray daily this prayer of gratitude, and then to add your own personal prayer of thanks.  “Lord, I am grateful for Your love and protection…”

 Triad Development Strategy Team – RICK LAWYER AND MARGARET MERRY

Having had a training event in mid-summer, the team is continuing to brainstorm possible Triads (multiple sequential ministry events that are connected thematically to help us connect with others).

Sanctuary Welcome Space Assessment Team (SWAT) –


Touring a couple churches (in the West Ohio Conference) that have had similar renovation projects has been a learning experience.  Those visiting Athens First UMC as well as Hyde Park Community UMC, Cincinnati gave some new insights and ideas.

Sanctuary technology upgrades are also a continuing process.

Signature Ministry Research Team – COREY HAMILTON and RICK TUCK

Researching, studying, interviewing have kept this team busy, as they are narrowing down the possible ideas to present to the Administrative Board soon.  Several (COVID-friendly) prayer walks have taken place with others on the horizon.


Meeting monthly with Coach Bruce, this team gives support and encouragement to Pastor Mark as well as the Prescription Team Leaders.  Next meeting: Thurs. Dec 10th 1:00pm