New Church Ministry

The  New Church Team coordinates the region's New Church Ministries. The team seeks to build bridges between new congregations and the Northwest Region, weaving our new congregations into the ever changing fabric of the region. The team seeks opportunities for the establishment of new Disciples faith communities throughout the region and approves the call of church planters to meet those opportunities. Working with the Regional Minister  the team assists new church planters and their church plant Empowerment Teams by providing guidance, support, and oversight. The team monitors the progress of new congregations to help determine when they have met all the requirements to become fully chartered congregations of the Northwest Regional Christian Church. The team also establishes all Regional New Church policies such as those addressing guidelines for new church proposals, the call of church planters, and the use of new church funds.

If you are interested in serving on this team, becoming a mentor to a new church pastor, or offering expertise in other areas such as finances, communication, etc., please contact Sandy Messick, Regional Minister.

The Pentecost Offering, received each Spring in our congregations, helps support our New Church Ministries. 50% of the offerings received in each region are returned to the region. The other 50% helps support New Church Ministries denomination wide . You can read more about this offering here:

Congregations in Formation:

Our Common Ground, Everett: With funds gifted from Edmonds Christian Church, Our Common Ground is a welcome space open during the week for those experiencing houselessness or poverty. Led by Rev. Luke Sumner, this gathering is exploring ways to add a worship component to its ministry and move forward as a worshiping faith community. More information can be found at their website:

Missiongathering Issaquah: In partnership with Missiongathering, and with funding provided by Bellevue Christian Church, the Northwest Region has planted a congregation in the Issaquah Highlands area east of Seattle. Pastor Devin Wright is reaching out into the community and gathering a dedicated core congregation. Their mission statement reads in part: We exist to be a growing committed community of Christ followers dedicated to growing in faith, living whole lives, and seeking justice for the good of our neighbors. Visit them at their website:

First Samoan Congregational Christian Church, Spokane: Pastored by Rev. Isa'ako Mata'utia, Samoan Congregational Christian Church is nested at Country Homes Christian Church in Spokane, WA. They have a vibrant worship service and active youth ministry. You can find them on Facebook:

Journey Christian Church, Seattle:  Begun in 2018, this is a new congregation bringing together the ministry and witness of University Christian and Lake City Christian Churches. Rev. Sacia Vik serves as pastor to this new congregation. Their mission statement reads in part: JCC is a theologically progressive church that uses its rich traditions of Christian faith and seeks to make them relevant in a post-modern world. Find them on Facebook:


The current members of the Regional New Church Team are:    Matthew Keith (chairperson), Sharon Nichols, Roy Smith,  Sandy Messick (ex-officio).