New Places for New People
Around the world, United Methodists are challenging the traditonal meaning of "being church", planting new congregations and revitalizing faith communities in every kind of setting. United Methodists seek to re-evangelize the world so that we can reach more people, especially the young and those from diverse backgrounds. By being relevant and vital, United Methodists will touch more lives and draw more people to Christ.
“Forward by creating new faith communities with new people” - said the Central Conference in the spring of 2009. And that is exactly what we are going to do.
I consider relearning to create new faith communities key to the growth and the development of the United Methodist Church in the Nordic and Baltic region. “Faith communities” understood as made up by two interacting components: a worship experience and a discipleship system. Since then, we have started 6 new churches, and several churches are being revitalized. Currently, we are exploring the possibilities of starting new faith communities in a number of places, and we are starting new faith communities/church plants in 6 places.We are exploring different new ways to create new faith communities with new people – like:
- Migrant churches – with migrants, refugees and others
- Creating “Peace of mind worship” and building community with people recovering from addictions
- Gospel-music churches
- House churches
- Established churches planting new churches
- Established churches becoming multicultural as they reach out to and/or receive people from other cultures
- Established churches adding a new worship service
We are continuously offering trainings and networking for people involved in or considering to follow a call into starting a new faith community. We partner with experienced church planters in the Methodist family and in other denominations.
The next events are:
21-23 September 2018 in Centralkirken, Oslo
STEP – a weekend challenging young people to listen to God to have new ideas and perspectives, feel the winds of the Spirit blow and to take bold steps forward.
19 - 22 September 2019 the Baltic Mission Center, Tallinn
THE SCHOOL OF CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Gathering pastors, deacons and leaders from across the Nordic and Baltic countries for 5 days of intensive training, inspiration and fellowship. One of the themes will be new church starts.