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“Repent, and believe in the good news.” —Mark 1:15

New Beginnings Engage Mission
Feeling like the church graduates them after high school, then wants them back after they have kids, young adults across South Dakota form a 1001 worshiping community.
If you believe the church of Jesus Christ is dying, STOP. We see the church of Jesus Christ. Find out how our work in Evangelism and Church Growth supports this belief. 
New Beginnings and Engage are turning churches right side up. From 'bursting at seams and getting saved' to doing ministry beyond church walls.
Engage: Mission curriculum available now—prepares people to be missionaries in their neighborhoods and communities. |  Order from the church store now.
Find training, resources and inspiration for the 1001 new worshiping movement.
Evangelism ministries resource, Engage, helps churches become relevant again.  | Start your faith-sharing, disciple-making journey now.
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Go. Disciple. LiveGo Disciple Live.

Our ministry area work in Evangelism and Church Growth is focused on helping churches and presbyteries,

◦    Go beyond church walls,

◦    Disciple by learning and growing together to be like Jesus,

◦    Live thriving in mission, where God has placed us.   

In doing this, we are experiencing new life and renewal.

The 1001 new worshiping communities movement continues to engage new followers of Jesus.  

Many of the 125 new worshiping communities created in 2014 are attracting young adults, like His Way in South Dakota that is gathering primarily online.  Nearly 50 percent are racial ethnic— see how Trinity Fellowship is showing the compassionate love of Jesus to new immigrants in the Bronx, NY.

New ministries are being established in existing congregations, as well.

In 2014, 165 churches went through our New Beginnings prayer discernment process.  Churches like Grace Presbyterian in Toledo, OH are now making meaningful decisions about their future—touching their neighborhoods and communities with God's love.

And churches like Light of Hope in Marietta, GA were so excited about what they learned after using our Evangelism resource, Engage, they provided three scholarships for every church in their presbytery to come to our 2014 ECG conference— where more than 500 Presbyterians learned how to share their faith, by following Jesus into their neighborhoods, to serve their communities.

Other highlights:

  • Ministries with Youth helped create a new app for the d365 devotional. In six months it has been download over 22,000 times.
  • Camp and conference centers are expanding partnerships for transformational leaders through a Centers of Excellence program.  Ferncliff in Arkansas and Crestfield in Pennsylvania are now working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to include training on hosting camps for school violence survivors.

Also collegiate ministries associate, Jason Santos will begin his first full year of working closely with UKirk, a network of collegiate ministries in Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) to reclaim the heritage of justice and spirituality, faith and service, on campuses around the country. 

We have much to be grateful for in this New Year,

Thanks be to God.

Acting Director,

Chip Hardwick

__________________________________________________________________________  If you believe the church is dying, STOP. We see the church of Jesus Christ alive.  Discover how our work in Evangelism and Church Growth ministries supports this belief.

Evangelism and Church Growth Ministries


  • FUPC of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is seeking some basic information about the goals for Session regarding Evangelism/Outreach and how it might best assist its minister and congregation in making strong steps in the right direction to increase congregational numbers and programs, including youth. by Bill Crawford on 03/09/2011 at 4:42 p.m.

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