The summer months were a busy time for New Church Ministry and the fall sees no end in sight for this vibrant ministry! Check out all the places we’re seeing new church emerging:
Javier and Elena Parra have been leading a growing bible study and worship from their home. Reaching out to New Church Ministries, they are currently at the new church Leadership Academy in Indianapolis and preparing to become a church in formation. They are located in the Everett area and have been welcomed to nest with Mannam Korean Church.
Also in Everett, Our Common Table and its ministry, Our Common Ground, continues to seek its path forward and serve the people of that area.
All Nations Breakthrough Church is an exciting initiative that comes to us via Shawnee, Kansas. The Kansas congregation of (largely) Kenyan immigrants have seen a relocation of some members to the Seattle area and they are working with New Church Ministries to establish a local edition of this ministry south of Seattle.
University Christian Church and Lake City Christian Church has formed a new ministry, Journey Christian Church (JCC). We are excited to walk alongside the identity team to discover where God is leading this amazing ministry.
Finally, don’t miss it! MissionGathering of Issaquah is set to have its first official church service on October 21. Please visit https://missiongathering.com/issaquah for more information.
Please keep these ministries in your prayers and support them as you’re able.
Congregations in Formation:
Our Common Table, Everett: With funds gifted from Edmonds Christian Church, Our Common Table is a young church focused on reaching un-churched and formerly churched residents of Everett. Pastors Rebecca and Luke Sumner describe their community as “A Christian Community of Welcome and Justice in North Everett.” Their current ministries include a monthly Sunday gathering, Theology Pub, Un-Sunday School Brunch gathering, and monthly “hands-on” outings to explore faith and questions. Our Common Ground, a ministry of the community, is a welcome space open during the week for those experiencing houselessness or poverty. More information can be found at their website: www.ourcommontablechurch.org.
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. The congregation will officially host it’s first church service on October 21, 2018.
Samoan Congregational Christian Church, Spokane:
Journey Christian Church, Seattle: this is a new ministry created as University Christian Church and Lake City Christian Church have merged.
The Northwest Regional Christian Church New Church Team coordinates the Northwest 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 and the Regional New Church Coordinator, 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.
The current members of the Regional New Church Team are: Yolanda Roseby (Coordinator of New Church Starts), Matthew Keith, Sharon Nichols, Roy Smith, Chris Snow, Sandy Messick (ex-officio).