The Strategic Growth Initiative (SGI) was born in the heart of General Superintendent David K. Bernard as God gave him a vision for growing the North American church. The General Board of the UPCI approved the forming of SGI for the purpose of highlighting growth in the areas of the number of churches and ministers in North America. The four focus points of SGI are outlined below along with resources available through the Division of Publications.
Multiply the number of ministers
SGI will assist districts by providing promotion, planning, and training with the goal of enabling every district to double its number of credentialed ministers in one decade.
Multiply the number of churches
SGI will assist districts by providing promotion, planning, and training with the goal of enabling every district to at least double the number of churches (including preaching points, daughter works, autonomous church plants, multicultural church plants, integrate independent Apostolic churches, etc.) in one decade.
Grow existing churches
SGI will assist districts by providing church growth training, ideas, plans, and structures designed to assist existing local congregations to reach their spiritual, numerical, and financial growth goals.
Strengthening Ministers and Churches
SGI is committed to working with districts to strengthen, encourage, challenge, and refocus ministers.