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!


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   


      Assessment of Potential Church Planters in May in Seattle

Center for Progressive Renewal: New Ministries in the Mainline  (a 19 page resource)

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