It’s time to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people. It is time to be about kingdom building, not institution building. The United Methodist Church has identified four pathways for our mission and outreach. The number one pathway is establishing new congregations.
Our strategy in Missouri is to invest in Leadership by recruitment, assessment, equipping, coaching, mentoring, and networking for a pool of new planters to effectively start at least five new congregations each year. We are allocating significant time, leadership and resources to planting new congregations. If we know that new churches reach more people per capita and we value reaching new people for Christ who are de-churched or unchurched, we must make this a priority.
There are multiple types of new starts that congregations and pastors can participate in:
- Partner church starts
- Mother - daughter starts
- Second site starts
- New faith community starts