Our Massachusetts Conference continues to support initiatives that give birth and life to innovative new ministries. Each one has its own style, personality and purpose. You can read more about them at the websites at right. View a video of a New Ministry Initiative Gathering to learn more about these ministries here.
The Church Development Council of the MACUCC provides support and guidance to new ministries as they become established in their local Associations.
While there is a dedicated team of new ministry pastors, the Council and a Conference staff person all working on new ministry starts, we cannot do this work alone. We need your help. Here are some ways you can assist this wonderful process of reaching new people and making a difference in communities.
For information on any of the above, please be in touch with Don Remick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent decades, most new church starts have been what are called “parachute drops”. This is when a person is dropped into a town or region, knows no one and then attempts to build a new church from scratch. Most parachutes drops fail with only 10-12% surviving. Mainline denominations have poured millions of dollars into such parachute drops over the past few decades.
However, in Christian history and particularly in our own Massachusetts history, most churches have been started by an existing church sending a group of people to a new section of town or a new city and they provide the core of leadership for a new congregation. And in our current era, existing churches are sponsoring pastors and laity with a vision for a new ministry that will reach out to unchurched folks Look into your own congregation’s history and you may discover your church was started by another church.
In the Massachusetts Conference, we want to reclaim this way of starting new ministries. Does your congregation have a heart for people? Have you ever thought that you might start a new worship service, an off-site or second location for your existing church or one of many other possibilities? If you would like to explore this further, please contact Don Remick at email@example.com; or 508-875-5233.
Click here for an article on “Churches Starting Churches”.
Paul Nickerson is available on a contractual basis to come to your church and lead an introductory workshop. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For additional resources, contact Don Remick at email@example.com.
Click on each ministry to go to their website and learn more.
Read the recent SPOTLIGHT: The Phoenix Rises in Haverhill as a New Church Start (Sept. 16, 2014)
In 2014 The Congregational Church of West Medford sold its building and began a new venture as Sanctuary UCC.
The Conference has long worked in support of Hispanic Ministries. Click here for details.
An innovative Farm to Table dinner ministry at First Churches in Northampton.
A new spiritual community being formed in Waltham
It's Saturday - Let's Do Church (a video)
Read about this new ministry at West Parish of Barnstable: SPOTLIGHT: Saturday, Sing-A-Long, Shorter Service (Feb. 7, 2014)
Mashpee Congregational, UCC, was started on Cape Cod in 2007. Numerous churches throughout Southeastern Massachusetts prayed for and contributed to the Mashpee start. This church received full standing on Nov. 7, 2010.