Vision Bearers Begin New Faith Communities
Creating New Places for New People
Initiative 1: New Christian Community Starts
Initiative 2: Church Revitalization
The 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church embraced the following four areas of focus for this quadrennium:
1. Developing Principled Christian Leaders for the Church and the World
2. Creating New Places for New People and Renewing Existing Congregations
3. Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
4. Stamping out Killer Diseases of Poverty by Improving Health Globally
The New York Annual Conference Vision Bearer Task Force has been given the responsibility to implement programs to address the second area of focus within our Annual Conference. We are taking two approaches: planting new faith communities, and revitalizing existing ones. Click here to read more about the work of the Vision Bearer Task Force
Planting New Faith Communities
The Vision Bearer Task Force has already begun to recruit, select, and train lay Vision Bearers, who will be deployed within our conference to plant new faith communities, with the support and sponsorship of existing ones. We are excited about these new ministries. As a start, we are planning 30 new faith communities by 2012 (6 in 2010, 12 in 2011 and 12 in 2012).
We are looking for motivated Christian leaders, lay or clergy, who are passionate about creating a new faith community in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. These “Vision Bearers” will be trained over a seven-month period and matched with a mentor who can walk with them in the journey of creating new faith communities.
If you sense God’s call to serve as “Vision Bearer,” please click here for application form
Revitalizing Existing Faith Communities
We also recognize that many of our existing churches are not effectively reaching out to the people in their neighborhoods. Therefore, VBTF initiated phase 2, the revitalization of existing churches by adding a new worship service.
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