New Faith Communities
Mature disciples disciple disciples! Here in the Center for Multiplying Disciples, we want to help you reach new people for Jesus Christ in your neighborhood. There are multiple strategies to reach new people listed here. The strategies the Arkansas Conference is primarily using are multi-site, fresh expressions, vital mergers, and re-starts. Take a look at a brief introduction to each strategy.
One church who gathers in multiple locations, that share a common vision, budget, leadership and board.
Multi: The Chemistry of Church Diversity by Paul Nixon
New expressions of faith that are most often anchored in an existing faith community, but that engage people who do not (and may never) go to a traditional church, gathering in places outside the church building with people sharing a common affinity.
Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church by Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. and Audrey Warren
When two or more existing churches come together with a new vision to reach new people, preferably in a neutral location.
Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach That Joins Church Families Together by Dirk Elliott
A church in decline sees the potential to grow the kingdom of God by closing its doors. After a blackout period of usually six months to a year the church is opened with new leadership and a new vision to reach the community.
Are you sensing a call to create a new faith community? New faith communities can be started by both clergy and laity. If you would like to have a conversation to explore your call to start a new faith community, contact your District Superintendent.