Toronto United Church Council Contact Us

Donate Now Through!
Print This Page | Text Size: A A A

Church Development Consulting

Offering church development expertise and resources

There are immediate and critical challenges facing congregations today:

  • a questioning of identity and erosion of confidence;
  • a need to adapt and respond to a significantly changing social context;
  • creating community from diverse groups of people defined by generation, status, values and culture;
  • responding to external demographic growth and managing internal growth in the congregation;
  • redeveloping facilities and realigning resources for changing ministry;
  • finding renewed hope, energy and purpose for ministry in the midst of decline;
  • encouraging innovation and sustaining it.

Toronto United Church Council is committed to supporting congregations enabling them to be real, relevant, and reachable.  Through its Centre for Church Development and Leadership, Council provides  training, networking, and fee-for-service on-site facilitation to congregations, mission units and Presbyteries. In addition to the Centre's two major programs, "Church Futures" and the "Church Turnaround Project," support is offered in the following areas:

  • new member ministry
  • leadership training
  • community engagement
  • mission design
  • major transitions
  • building a culture of generosity
  • program and capital budgeting
  • planning and conducting financial appeals
  • property management.

Council includes a research component in all of its training, networking and facilitation, including:

  • monitoring census data, demographic trends, and municipal land-use plans
  • identifying capital and program funding sources
  • interpreting architectural guidelines, funding policies, and government regulations.

For more details, contact Jill Strapp at or at 905-771-5124 / 1-800-235-8822 ext 25.


The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.