Strengthen The Church


Strengthen The Church is a special offering to support these ministries of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ: Silver Lake Conference Center, Youth and Young Adults, and Faith Formation. Our mission is to Identify, Affirm, Nurture, Build Capacity and Network Leaders for the church and the world. 

Silver Lake Conference Center

Encounter God’s Love in Creation

Each summer, Silver Lake transforms the lives of more than 900 campers, who immerse themselves in joy, fun, faith formation, and love as they grow as leaders and beloved children of God. And each year, Silver Lake offers an extravagant welcome to more than 3,000 retreat guests, who find respite, renewal, and encounters of the Holy in the beautiful setting of Northwest Connecticut. There is a home for you at Silver Lake! (Learn More)

Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Your gift will nurture youth and young adults in the Connecticut Conference. We seek to identify and affirm young people who have gifts for leadership. With your support, we help youth to explore vocation, serve their communities, stand up for justice, and connect with the wider church. (Learn More)

Faith Formation Ministries

Called to share the good news, the role of congregations today is discipleship. Your gift will nurture leaders called to share the good news and to lead communities according to our values. This requires imaginative, innovative and adaptive leadership. Growth opportunities, mentoring and peer engagement strengthens leaders for the creative and vital work to which they are called. (Learn More)


90% of your gift will be put to work in Connecticut. 10% of your gift will support national ministries of the United Church of Christ.

Flyers and donation envelopes are available for churches to distribute. Please use this order form to order materials for your congregation. Churches are encouraged to add Strengthen The Church information in bulletins and newsletters. An electronic version of the flyer is available for download here.