Pray for the success of these new Faith Communities

On January 1, 2018, we kicked off the 100 New Faith Communities Initiative for the Central Texas Conference. When we announced the WIG, our Wildly Important Goal  of increasing Market Share (expanding our mission reach), the first initiative we connected with was the goal to offer a maximum grant up to $10,000 to churches who met the criteria to help expand the mission reach of the church through a new faith community, specifically, by reaching people we are not already reaching. It has been an exciting season!

Why did we set this as our WIG?  There are certainly many things our churches can and should be doing and addressing, but as we looked at the reality of the CTC, the overall attendance decline had become long-term and more recently precipitous. If we did not address worship attendance increase and professions of faith as a concern, we would have failed to address the biggest crisis in our church ― decline. Declining churches have a hard time doing mission, reaching out, transforming their community, making disciples or even making a difference. If not addressed, it just gets worse, like any problem. The CTC decided to hit this issue head-on. Pray for its success.

Below are some of the New Faith Communities that have begun or are beginning:
UCF Wesley at Navarro College, Zach Stiefel and Meredith Bell; Amplified Worship
First Burleson, Jarrod Johnston; Family Style
First Waxahachie, Ron Bellomy; Unplugged
First Saginaw, Estee and Jason Valendy; Simply Worship
TCU Wesley, Paul Massingill; Sunday morning Campus Worship at Carr Chapel
First Mart, Amy Anderson; J.A.M., Jesus and Me
First Bethesda, David Brower; 9:00 at Bethesda
Trinity Arlington, Dean Posey; The Clubhouse
First Comanche, David Ray; Reverence
First Nolanville, Patricia Warden; Contemporary on Sunday Night
Central Waco, Bob Rainey; The Jesus Table
St. Barnabas Arlington, Ginger Bassford; Traditional Unplugged
Arlington Heights Fort Worth, Mary Spradlin; Soup, Salad, and Celebrate
Lighthouse Fellowship Lake Worth, Frank Briggs; Town and Country Campus
Jonesboro, Rita Hotz; Imperfectly Perfect
St. Philips Round Rock, Jason Hamilton; St. Philip’s Saturday Night Worship
Community of Hope Mansfield, Jay Fraze/Brady Watson; Hope Online Community
Rockbridge Cedar Park, David McMinn; The Bridge
First Eastland, Darrell Phillips; R & R Reflect and Reconnect
Arlington First, Steve Langford/Mary Lobban; FUMCA Go
First Meridian, Daniel Hawkins/Paul Whiteley; Waterside

An additional way we are aligning with this goal is by offering two Fresh Expressions Vision Days;  the first Vision Day will be held at First Methodist Mansfield on September 22, and the second Vision Day will be held at Truett Seminary-Waco on October 8. To register for the September 22 Vision Day, click here and to register for October 8, click here. If you have questions or need more information, email Rev. Meg Witmer-Faile, Associate Director of the Smith Center for Evangelism and Church Growth, or call the office, 817-877-5222. Fresh Expressions US is a national organization dedicated to reaching the people we are not already reaching in fresh, innovative and effective ways. Rev. Michael Beck, one of the leaders of Fresh Expressions, along with Rev. Travis Collins who wrote the book From the Steeple to the Street, will be here to lead this visioning season. This is a big deal moment for our clergy, and churches and we will want to take advantage of this opportunity.

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