New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives

Networks of ecumenical and interfaith congregations and emergent church communities challenge traditional church structure by placing increasing emphasis on discerning the Holy Spirit and sharing personal faith stories and less emphasis on rituals and systematic theology. The Episcopal Church partners with Fresh Expressions of Church to foster the mission of new and unconventional faith communities and to train traditional clergy to be aware of evidence of the Holy Spirit at work outside the walls of the church.


August 19, 2010

The Rev. Thomas L. Brackett, an Episcopal priest who serves as the Episcopal Church's missioner for church planting, ministry redevelopment, and fresh expressions of church, will be the featured speaker Sept. 19 on Day 1, a nationally...

October 23, 2008

Thirty-two leaders in the field of church planting, development and evangelism in the Episcopal Church assembled at the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel to create and develop a network that listens to what is happening both in the world...

May 14, 2007

The Rev. Laurie Chappelle was newly ordained with no church planting experience, but none of that fazed her last year when she recognized "that God was doing a new thing" and was beckoning her to do likewise in suburban south Reno, Nevada...

June 20, 2006

Personal evangelism, campus ministry and church plants form the cornerstone of the General Convention's effort to achieve the goals of the 20/20 initiative. The Convention passed a resolution proposed by Bishop David Jones of Virginia,...

May 18, 2004

Understanding the 'unchurched' and cultivating the ability to communicate in broad contexts are essential for the Episcopal Church to achieve its objectives to take seriously Jesus' command to "build my church" and to "spread the Gospel...

We acknowledge that God works through all people, all times, and all circumstances. We believe the church is the body of Christ and proclaims Christ to the world. Each person in the body is uniquely called and gifted for ministry. In the context of theological reflection, Living Stones exists to support, challenge, and strengthen ministry. Living Stones is a partnership of Anglican and Episcopal communities of faith engaged in mission and committed to the ministry of all the baptized.


Meet Leigh Foster, a member of the Boston-based congregation The Crossing.

This session examines on-the-ground experiences with the diocesan leadership practices needed to open space (in consultation with diocesan leaders) for innovative liturgical practices, for the sake of engaging God’s mission in the world.

Focus: Harvesting the conversations held over the last month and using the learnings to begin preparing a 24-month calendar.

This session explored the process of dreaming and discerning that led to the passing of General Convention 2012 Resolution AO73. Reverends James Hamilton, Megan Anderson and Debbie Royals share their own understandings of the resolution and all that it describes for the future of missional ministries in our church.