New Episcopal Communities

Sharing Our Stories

The effort to start New Episcopal Communities is not new! This work has been going on for generations and we are grateful for their work and all that they have taught us. What is new is The Genesis Network of mission developers, which gathers the people starting new ministries together for training, networking, encouragement and story sharing.

The stories told by New Episcopal Communities are full of wide-reaching themes like risk taking, uncertainty, unexpected abundance, and good neighboring. We believe these stories have the power to inspire the Church as a whole! Here are a few ways our team is working to bring them to you:

Virtual Conference – Church Planting in the Asian Diaspora

May 13th-15th, 2021
7:00-9:00pm Eastern

This conference will explore the stories of leaders who are church planting as Asian American Episcopalians, and in Asian American contexts. They will focus on a variety of themes, including ethnic and cultural identity, models of leadership, and the compelling witness the Episcopal tradition has for people of Asian heritage.  Following the stories, there will be opportunity for questions and reflection in small groups. This conference is scheduled for May in observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and will be co-hosted by the Episcopal Offices of Asiamerican Ministries and Church Planting.

The Genesis Podcast

Tune in to The Genesis Podcast for stories from the front lines of church planting! We talk about it all, from amazing successes to near catastrophes, to what it means to be engaged in God’s mission through creating and leading new communities.

Season 1: Hosted by the Rev. Mike Michie
Season 2: Hosted by the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers

Blue Book Report

The recent commitment to help fund new ministries starts from General Convention has been an important part of our work. One of the best places to look for a thorough report on the work of new ministry development is the Blue Book report from the Task Force for Church Planting submitted for the 78th General Convention.

The Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers

Staff Officer for Church Planting

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