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Worshiping Communities

Four overarching themes come out of new worshiping communities research

After the 2017 “Living, Dying, Rising” conference took place in August in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, a sociologist from the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Research Services department conducted informal interviews of participants, most of whom were leaders of new worshiping communities (NWCs).

Special-needs child takes comfort in Communion

He looks me right in the eye, holding his cup in front of him all aquiver. Westley has been waiting — and waiting — for the moment when we all drink the grape juice, the blood of Jesus Christ, together.

Practicing resurrection

The questions come in the darkness, usually around 3 a.m. ‘What will my children’s lives be like without me?’ wonders Farm Church co-founder Ben Johnston-Krase. Four months ago he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

California PC(USA) congregation helps launch four new worshiping communities

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister Jake Medcalf refuses to believe the denomination should just go quietly into the night. “If we’re going to survive,” he says, “we have to trust God has more for us than Sunday morning worship and go make an impact in the neighborhood where we are.”

PC(USA) Benefits Plan offers flexibility for 21st century church leaders

Sean Chow, 1001 New Worshiping Communities west region associate, will host a two-part webinar discussion on Facebook about the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this Friday at 9 a.m. ET. Highlights of the conversation include the flexibility and menu options offered to 1001 NWC leaders.

The growing edges of evangelism

New worshiping communities are successfully reaching people who have never attended church and those who had previously given up on the church.

Kang named 1001 New Worshiping Communities central region associate

The Rev. Shawn Kang has been named the central region associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWC) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) In his new role, Kang will work with presbyteries, churches and new worshiping leaders in the central United States to further grow the movement.