Starting new churches is one of the key ways we reach new people of all ages and life circumstance and connect them with the body of Christ. The Minnesota Conference is currently supporting nine new faith communities and six congregations moving toward sustainability. New faith communities must meet context-specific growth benchmarks in order to receive continued funding, and the goal is for each of them to become self-sustaining.
Here’s a look at the three stages of a new faith community’s life cycle and where each of the projects is now:
Congregations in pre-launch phase:
Congregations on the path to sustainability:
Congregations ready for chartering and have completed annual conference funding and supervision:
There are many types of new church starts. They include:
Each year, the Minnesota Conference hosts a discernment retreat for clergy and laity who have gifts for and/or interest in church planting. The idea is to help people discern whether they are called to help plant new churches while cultivating a pool of well-equipped leaders prepared to reach people in new mission fields across the state. If you’re interested in learning more or attending the next retreat, email Congregational Development Associate Gail Johnson.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church