New Worshipping Communities Task Force
Paul Bishop Jeff Bursch Brad Epperson Rachel Haxtema James Kim Bob Bidwell Abbie Watters Garrett Lordahl Ed Wegele (Moderator)
The OlyPres Strategic Board has declared a missional priority to start 3 new church developments in the next three years (2015-18). The mission of our NCD Task Force is to design a process that moves this from imagination to reality.
This is a an adaptive challenge. WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT!
OUR INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION
…JESUS made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” Matthew 9:35–38 (The Message)
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, by Newbigin, Lesslie
The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community, by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen.
Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood, by Mark Branson & Nicholas Warnes
PCUSA 1001 New Worshipping Communitieswww.onethousandone.org
Assessment of Potential Church Planters in May in Seattle
Center for Progressive Renewal: New Ministries in the Mainline (a 19 page resource)
Conferences & Seminars