Discover the Possibilities

Discovering the Possibilities is a facilitated process, developed by Rev. Dr. Phil Maynard, designed to assist congregational leaders in understanding the realities of their ministry context and current ministries. This process will begin a discernment of possibilities for their future in ministry.

After a day of discovery, the district prepares a written Possibilities Report with a summary of the current reality and demographics and recommendations for next steps.


Next Level Innovations is a multi-year progress that is designed to guide good churches to the next level of greatness, to which God is calling them. Through training and resourcing, a self-study and Innovations Weekend, churches are provided with an Innovations Report. District resrouces are available to NLI churches as they live out their innovations.

Cohort 1 Churches include: Haygood, Oak Grove, Courthouse Community, Virginia Beach, New Creation, and Ebenezer

Documents Self-Study

Shift 2.0

Shift 2.0 is a 12-month process of coaching churches by forming laity/clergy teams and focusing on the next steps in shifting from a good church to a great church. The process includes six (6) learning sessions, clergy coaching, and Shift Team coaching. Teams will be coached in developing a goal for each of the six (6) key shifts and an action plan to achieve that goal.

Cohort 1 Churches include: Thalia, St. Andrew’s (Virginia Beach), Heritage, Community (Virginia Beach), Portlock, St. Mark’s-Community Charge, Sandbridge Community Chapel, Baylake, Joliff, and Ghent

Current Calendar Register

Small Church Checkup

This checkup is a process designed for small membership churches, providing a guide to help churches find hope, consider alternatives, and envision the possibility of a new future. Trained District facilitators will lead churches through the Small Church Checkup book.

Young Clergy Coaching Cohort

The Young Clergy Cohort is an initiative of the Coastal Virginia District to provide coaching from an experienced executive coach in coaching groups to a cohort of young clergy. The initiative includes a 2-day retreat, a year of coaching in coaching groups, and quarterly one-on-one coaching. In addition, there will be leadership development coordinated by the Coordinator for Church Revitalization.

The goal of the Young Clergy Cohort is to invest in and equip young clergy in the areas of congregational and personal development. Trained facilitators will guide churches through the process.

To learn more, contact the Coordinator for Church Revitalization at jasonstanley@vaumc.org