Go Figure | Joelle Kopacz
1001 initiative is a hit!
If you hear people using terms like innovative and creative to describe Presbyterians, don’t do a double take. The denomination’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative, which seeks to empower Presbyterians to start 1,001 new worshiping communities in 10 years, has been inspiring the imaginations of Presbyterians nationwide. And research shows that awareness of the initiative, which was approved at the 220th General Assembly (2012), is growing.
The 1001 initiative is responsible not only for encouraging the development of new communities but also for transforming existing Presbyterian congregations. In particular, established congregations that partner with new worshiping communities—spiritually, financially, and relationally—are discovering a new passion for ministry and developing a stronger presence in the community. In turn, these budding ministries discover—in established congregations’ breadth of experience and love—a vital support system.
By becoming part of the 1001 initiative, Presbyterians gain structure and support as they discern new ways to share the love of Christ with others. If you or your congregation is interested in becoming involved in this initiative, visit the 1001 website at onethousandone.org. There you will find stories of new worshiping communities, identify resources to help you with your mission, and locate other new worshiping communities in your area.
In addition, each issue of Presbyterians Today features a new worshiping community. Just flip to the Spotlight department.
Joelle Kopacz is a research associate with Presbyterian Research Services.