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New Places for New People

To increase the number of churches running Alpha from 5 to 23 by December 31, 2021.

Led by the Center for Congregational Excellence
 

5 Kinds of New Places for New People

  1. Small Group
    A group of 3-12 people that gathers at least twice a month to experience what it means to Know, Care, Grow and Share:
    Know = Know and love God and neighbor (Mark 12:28-31)
    Care = “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2)
    Grow = “Teach them to obey” through applying scripture (Matthew 28:20)
    Share = Witness and serve beyond the church walls as authentic followers (Matthew 28:19 and Mark 10:45)

  2. Recovery Ministry
    A group of any size that helps people recover from addictions, e.g., Christian 12-step approach or Celebrate Recovery.

  3. Missional Community
    An ongoing group of any size outside the walls of a church that offers the good news of Jesus Christ to unchurched people in a neighborhood or community around a specific need or interest without the expectation that people will come to a church building (e.g. Missional communities can take place in bowling alleys, fitness centers, restaurants, VFW halls, homes, workplaces and more. Christian community can be built among students, artists, scientists, the homeless and more. It’s about serving people, listening to them, and figuring out by the leadership of the Holy Spirit what form church should take as it’s planted in the context where people live, work and do life.)

  4. New Worship Service
    A group of 15 or more that meets at least twice monthly to experience the Living God and reach persons not currently involved in a worshipping community.

  5. New Church or Multi-site
    A new stand-alone body of believers or a new site of an existing congregation created to reach new people.

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How Does a Church Become a Supportive Community

To help others through the re-opening of in-person congregational life, it is important to have a basic understanding of what is potentially going to happen when we start gathering face-to-face. Rev. David Howlett and Elain Howlett, creators of The Mourning Center at Christ UMC in Independence, Missouri, offer thought about how to minister with those who are grieving in the attached document.

The Church & COVID-19 Ministry Webinar: How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online

How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online   Churches of every size are now meeting online for worship and experiencing the blessing of new people attending their services for the first time. Learn ways your church can be intentional about welcoming and connecting with guests online before, during, and after the service.

Discipleship Coaching

Discipleship coaching offers a model for creating a transformational, multiplying discipleship culture within a ministry context. Through this coaching model you can develop a focused vision for where you’re going and a creative plan for getting there.  

 

Missouri Conference Examples:

New Places for New People Team

Roger Ross, Team Lead
Kyle Dryer
Linda Harris
Mi Hyeon Lee
Josh Schaller
Melanie Smollen
Jon Thompson