New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives

We are a growing network of leaders who are committed to nurture faith communities that are making a difference in the local contexts they are called to serve. Some of these networks are challenging traditional church practices by placing greater value on discerning the Holy Spirit’s presence and activity. Some of these networks have chosen to work in more traditional settings while keeping fresh stories of hope and faith at the center of their life together. 
"New Church Starts" are often the traditional "tall steeple" model but they can also be storefront ministries committed to regular worship that welcomes all. "Missional Initiatives" may not include public worship but, through mission and evangelism, they engage under-represented groups, including youth and young adults, people of color, poor and working-class people, people with a high-school diploma or less, and/or people with little or no church background or involvement. (This is a quote from General Convention 2012’s solution AO73 - the call to action that funded this position, as well as 38 new ministries across the Episcopal Church). 
A significant of our focus is on training leaders to be aware of evidence of the Holy Spirit at work outside the walls of the church - to learn the practices of "hosting conversations that matter," cultivating the safe space to try on risky new leadership behaviors, as each other the courage to say "Yes!" to all that God is birthing in our times.
CONTACT:
The Rev. Thomas Brackett: MISSIONER
New Church Starts & Missional Initiatives 
Episcopal Church Center
815 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10017
646-203-6266 
Schedule a phone call or meeting with Tom here: http://doodle.com/TomBrackett
Skype: thomasbrackett 
Twitter: @tombrackett
 
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