Mission Developers Report to the Church
The story of church planting in the Episcopal Church over the past 6 years is a story of growth and vitality, of struggle and daring, of people who are touched by the love of Christ – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. These projects are by their very nature longterm projects, yet we can see many early successes. Our church plants touch every part of our church’s mission, from evangelism to racial reconciliation to food justice and creation care. Through our church planting initiative, we are not only growing our numbers. We are forming relationships with many people who don’t know the love of Christ, and with many people who are very different from the majority of Episcopalians, in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and other ways. We are reaching younger generations. We are engaging in on-the-ground racial reconciliation. We are doing ministries of mercy and justice. We are joining Jesus in his loving, life-giving, and liberating mission to this world.
The Episcopal Church has launched a new missional movement to engage in evangelism and church planting initiatives and to cultivate new ministries for the Jesus Movement. As there has not been a culture of church planting in the Episcopal Church in recent years, the Genesis Advisory Group on Church Planting was appointed to steward the development of a church wide network for planting congregations, training and recruiting planters and mission developers and establishing new congregations and missional initiatives.