Shiloh Church, United Church of Christ

5300 Philadelphia Dr.
(Main & Philadelphia)

Dayton, OH  45415


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Five-Year Ministry Plans
created during the tenure of
Carl E. Robinson, Sr. Pastor

Current Plan: 2011-2015

Second Plan: 2006-2010

First Plan: 2000-2005


Current Plan: 2011-2015

During the initial five year plan, Shiloh Church embraced the notion that every person is called to be a servant, like Christ, and that the congregation is formed in order to assist persons to serve. The second five years were more difficult, because the core discipline was spirituality. The relationship each person has with God establishes the shape, extent and avenue of one’s calling. Only by listening, hearing, discerning and embracing God’s will for each person is the person faithfully able and willing to do what God calls each person to do. When each person reflects carefully on her or his relationship with God, and shapes ministry and mission around that formative relationship, the congregation organizes itself around the personal calling of its people. Therefore, the third five-year plan, shaped within the tenure of Carl Robinson, extends the discipline of hearing, and faithfully responding to God’s will, shaping the congregation around personal calling, and equipping persons to do what God calls each one to do.


          Discerning God’s Call

          Developing personal and communal ministries around God’s call

          Shaping the congregation around God’s call

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Second Plan: 2006-2010

Shiloh Church was tremendously successful in following through with the intentional accomplishment of the first plan. The congregation made swift theological transition, mainly because it had already said that such was the direction desired by its membership. New and different programs, projects and ministries began to be created. The congregation opened itself to its community, shifting, within the five years, from two outside entities utilizing the facility on a regular basis to more than forty groups doing so. Shiloh formed small groups, based on spiritual gift assessments, built thriving youth organizations, and constructed a staff model around assisting persons to engage in personal calling and God’s empowerment. These five years were remarkably successful.

The second five years focused on issues of spirituality. Now that the direction, aim and purpose of the congregation had been established, the church worked at establishing an ever more profound relationship with God. Pastor Robinson likened this process to jacking up a house, building a new, solid foundation under it, and setting the house back on it – all without breaking any of the good china. Spirituality is unlike the theological transition of the first five years of Shiloh’s plan. It is impossible to innumerate or measure. Instead, spirituality is sensed and felt. There are earmarks, however, that Shiloh attempted to identify:


          Ownership of a personal sense of God’s calling

          Participation in the process and goal of God’s grace

         Action-based mission and ministry

          Outward, communal focus

          Ownership of all congregational ministries



          Consistency in application of spirituality


First Plan: 2000-2005

Shiloh Church first developed a Five Year Plan in dialogue with its then new Senior Pastor, Carl Robinson, in late 2000. Having arrived at Shiloh in August of that year, Rev. Robinson heard from as many members and friends of the church as wanted to attend a series of ‘town hall’ meetings. The purposes of the town hall meetings were two-fold. Firstly, the new Pastor wanted to know where Shiloh Church understood itself to be and where the congregation wanted to go. Secondly, Rev. Robinson wanted to share a theological vision with the members and friends of Shiloh Church. The combination of congregational vision with a theological framework resulted in Shiloh’s initial Five Year Plan. The first Five Year Plan marked a theological transition from being a ‘bureaucratic model’ to following a “Servant Theology.” The transition consisted of nine component parts:

Component Parts:

          Adoption of a younger orientation

          Establishment of Servant Theology

          Instill a stronger mission orientation

          Establish a small group process

          Configure staff to equip the congregation for ministry

          Strengthen Christian Education for all ages

          Build strong, spiritually-based youth groups

          Create young adult programs, projects and ministries

          Design a working evangelism plan


 Shiloh is indeed “Living the Word by Serving the World.”  Come and join us, as we move nearer to establishment of God’s will in, with, to, and for our community.