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
  • Faith Formation

Download the flyer here

Our Mission: Developing Leaders for the Church and for the World 

Your gifts from 2018 are already having an impact!

Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Growing Youth & Young Adults

Your support helps youth to explore vocation, serve their communities, stand up for justice, and connect with the wider church.

  • April gathering of Urban Interns from East Hartford and UConn
  • Enrichment and networking activities for teen Delegates to Synod
  • Silver Lake Scholarships for youth of color.

Silver Lake Conference Center

Encounter God’s Love in Creation

Your support helps Silver Lake Conference Center strengthen our program offerings to better transform the lives of more than 900 campers and more than 3,000 retreat guests each year.

  • A new waterfront Spin Wheel consists of a “bongo” jumping platform in the center of a spoked wheel
  • Campers can bounce or work together, running around the water wheel to make it rotate on the water
  • Campers nurture a sense of teamwork and improve communication, both core to our mission
  • A new freezer will allow Silver Lake to make better use of resources, improve energy use, and keep food costs down

Faith Formation Ministries

Cultivating & Equipping Leaders

Your support helps congregational leaders deepen their call and leadership capacities for making disciples of Jesus for church and community.

  • Congregational leaders gather to explore 21st century discipleship and Messy Church
  • Leaders are trained to facilitate Communities of Practice and receive a stipend for generously sharing their gifts
  • Practitioners participate in Communities of Practice at no cost
  • Congregations engage in Innovation Labs to redesign faith formation
  • Leadership development scholarships for those with little or no continuing education funds


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.

Materials have been sent to each church for distribution. Anyone who needs more can contact Emily McKenna. Churches are encouraged to add Strengthen The Church information in bulletins and newsletters. An electronic version of the flyer is available for download here.