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New Faith Expressions

New Faith Expressions

One of the statistically best strategies for reaching more people, more diverse people and more younger people is through new church planting. In the Baltimore-Washington Conference, we seek to encourage evangelism and the creation of diverse, multicultural "third places" with and for people who aren’t currently connected to any faith community. There are several ways we do this:

  1. Pioneer Planting. Strategically planted churches led by an equipped church planter and team in areas of rapid growth. For example, FaithPoint.
  2. Missional Innovation. Taking the church to the streets. Missional innovation creates fresh expressions of local churches designed to engage people who are disconnected from Christian community. Some of these expressions may develop into their own micro-faith communities or Christian social enterprise, while others remain a ministry of an existing congregation. Still others might repurpose church property to serve a community need. For example, Simple Church, Emory Fellowship
  3. Multi-Site Campus. A healthy church expands its ministry by starting new locations to reach new people. These new locations may or may not include existing United Methodist congregations. For example, First Saints Community Church
  4. Mission Congregations. Missional efforts to establish congregations which are designed to reach under-served and at-risk communities. These congregations will build a network of partners to support their life and ministry. Some of these may become chartered churches, others will not.