Rev. Tim Catlett, Director of New Faith Communities, shared how rethinking our approaches to worship, discipleship, and mission can help churches to be more intentionally innovative as we work to “co-create new places for new people to be gathered into communion with Jesus Christ.”
Drawing from Genesis 1:1-3 and Ezekiel 17:22-23, Catlett reminded attendees that the God who created is still creating, and we are called to take the resources we have and leverage what God has gifted us with so that we can create new places for people to gather.
Instead of living in the binary of being a mature church OR a nimble church, he challenged those gathered to think about how they could be both mature AND nimble in their worship life, their discipleship, and their mission to the community.
Sharing examples from Church on Morgan in Raleigh, Hope Recovery Church in Wilmington, and The Mills Church in Rocky Mount, participants were challenged to think more critically about the contexts where they serve and the new ways they can be about the work of ministry in all the places where God has placed them.