Your church was new once!
Do you remember what year your church started? Who was the person or persons who decided it was time to plant a new church in your community?
Just imagine what your life would be like if no one answered God’s call to start your church. Do you know that more than two-thirds of the United States population doesn’t live within close driving distance of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation? Because of the new church movement, Disciples have made great strides in correcting that sobering statistic. Disciples have started 830 churches since 2001, reaching more than 50,000 individuals who may not have had a relationship with God. Our new churches worship in at least 19 different languages.
Just as our ancestors started new churches, consider how you can support the creation of new churches in places that do not currently have a Disciples church witness. One important way that you can support this effort is through your generous gifts to the Pentecost Offering. By supporting the Pentecost Offering, you are making it possible for the Church to recruit, assess, train and coach new church planters. One half of the Offering collected stays in your Region and the other half goes to Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation to support their new church ministry work.
This year’s Pentecost Offering will be taken on Sundays, June 1 and June 8. We give praise to God for the sacrifices of generations before us – the new churches that were started by courageous, visionary leaders. As a member of a Disciples church that was new once, will you consider participating in this offering so other churches can experience new life?
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