Based on numerous conversations with PC(USA) seminary leaders and with colleagues in Evangelism and Church Growth, Theology, Worship and Education, and Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, here is what we believe a new worshiping community is. We have also incorporated comments from Presbyterian Mission Agency members and mid council leaders. Our hope is that this working definition will provide both clarity and inspiration for this 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement.
A New Worshiping Community is . . .
Taking on varied forms of church for our changing culture
Seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ
Gathered by the Spirit to meet Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament
Sent by the Spirit to join God’s mission for the transformation of the world
Practicing mutual care and accountability
Developing sustainability in leadership and finances