A decade ago, the NC Annual Conference made the strategic move to set aside the office of New Faith Communities to focus on the development of creating new places to reach new people, more diverse people, and younger people across North Carolina. In that time, 51 new faith communities have been launched and reached thousands of new people. These new faith communities are in every district across the conference. During this process, we have learned two valuable lessons:
- Conferences don’t birth churches, churches birth churches. The only way to start new churches is in deep, committed relationship with existing communities of faith. Communion is something we share, not something we start.
- We do not need celebrity planters, we need more communion. Secondly we now realize that we need new faith communities birthed from communion with existing faith communities rather than centered upon the personality of the planter.
These lessons have led us to offer three invitations to members of the NC Annual Conference:
- Anchor Church: We are looking for churches to partner with who are called to align their communal life to create new space for new people.
- New Room Society: We are seeking creative people to partner with and discern their calling to create new places to reach new people.
- Ten Dollar Club: Since the 1950’s, thousands of NC Conference United Methodists have given millions of dollars to create space for new people. Will you partner with us to continue and increase the investment we can make in these new faith communities?
The Office of New Faith Communities is grateful and humbled to serve alongside you as we continue the work the Trinity has always done, the sacred work of hospitality.