New Places for New People
Increase New Places with at least 1 New Person from 800 to 1,200 by June 30, 2019.
Led by the Center for Congregational Excellence
5 Kinds of New Places for New People
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)
A group of any size that helps people recover from addictions, e.g., Christian 12-step approach or Celebrate Recovery.
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.)
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.
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.
Missouri Conference Examples:
- NextGen Ministries College Campus Ministry Launch, The Missouri Methodists, April 2019
- Beer and Bible, The Missouri Methodists, January 2019
- Wednesday Encounter, The Missouri Methodists, January 2019
- The Gathering, The Missouri Methodists, September 2018
- Tuesday Night Worship Express, The Missouri Methodists, September 2018