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Although leaders of new worshiping communities (NWCs) describe both discipleship and spiritual formation as types of personal growth, there are key distinctions in their descriptions of the two.
In 2012, by action of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the movement to establish 1001 new communities of faith all over the country was made official.
The Rev. Keith Gunter, pastor of the newest chartered PC(USA) congregation, New Creation Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, finally had a moment to reflect on what has been ‘a whirlwind of a summer.’
The Presbyterian Mission Agency recently approved 10 worshiping community Mission Program Grants to a diverse range of “1001” communities.
Full of angst, Chris Romine walked into a new church in Hoboken, New Jersey, which sits directly across the river from Manhattan, New York. In his mid-20s with a well-paying job at a startup logistics firm in Manhattan, he was wondering if this was all there was. Exploring all kinds of faith expressions, including Christianity, he kept coming back to the simple message of Christ’s life.
Serious JuJu, a 1001 New Worshiping Community for youth and skaters in northwest Montana and Faith Presbyterian Church of the North Georgia Mountains have been named winners of the 2018 Sam and Helen R. Walton Awards.
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).
New worshiping communities are successfully reaching people who have never attended church and those who had previously given up on the church.
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.
In what is believed to be a first for a camp and conference center in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Zephyr Point on Lake Tahoe held a five-night healing and learning retreat for a group of homeless persons, physically and developmentally disabled people, and “at risk” young adults.