Church Planting and Missional Development
Church Planting and Mission Development is the language we use to describe new ministries of all kinds in our Episcopal Church. Our focus is on blessing, supporting, networking and resourcing new ministries of ALL kinds. New ministries in our network range from house churches and coffee house churches to Food Trucks and Traditional “tall steeple” church plants. We celebrate the gifts that new ministries offer the world and we are passionate about supporting the leaders who call these new communities together.
Not too long ago, every one of our communities of faith was brand new - even our finest cathedrals! In other words, they were "New Church Starts." Today, new ministries may be 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.
Since 2012, the Episcopal Church has supported the launch of nearly 100 new ministries of all kinds. We have also created the practical supports needed to assess the gifts and strengths of our mission developers; we’ve created a network of coaches and consultants, and we’ve offered excellent church-wide trainings for new mission developers on a regular basis. We are learning together how to sustain a movement of new and engaged ministries that embody God’s love for all of Creation. Come join us as we learn how to sustain this movement for years to come!