God is doing a new thing through the Church of the Brethren. A movement of emerging mission points and church planting is gaining momentum. Passion is rising. Vision is expanding. Commitment is deepening. Networks are developing. People are acting.
In order to support this new thing, new church development ministries has made a commitment to cultivate the networks and infrastructure to support 250 new church starts by 2019.
Church Planting Conference
May 16-19, 2018
Bethany Theological Seminary
The Risk & Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally
Risk. Ask any church planter, and one of the first things they are likely to tell you is that it takes great deal of risk to enter into the difficult work of planting a new church. God took a risk sending Christ into the world, to move into the neighborhood with us. Come and explore with us the ways that we can do risk well as we go about the work of planting new communities of faith across our country and the world. Share your own experiences of risk in the work of church planting, as well as hearing how others have handled the risks and challenges of this important work.
Christiana Rice is an on-the-ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer with Thresholds (thresholdscommunity.org), a community of player-coaches who help people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. Christiana seeks to participate in God's restorative mission in all things. She leads a neighborhood faith community in San Diego. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of missionaries to that country.
She co-authored the book, To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth our Communities, with Michael Frost. February 2017 publication. She has developed articles for the Junia Project and Outreach Magazine.
Orlando Crespo helped plant and serve as one of the founding pastors for New Life in The Bronx Church, the first English speaking CM&A church in the Bronx. Serves as Interim Director of Multiethnic Ministries and the Director of LaFe, Latino Ministries with Intervarsity, through which he travels developing Latino student leaders, training campus ministers, and speaking on college campuses and at churches on multiethnic diversity, cross-cultural ministry, ethnic identity and leadership.
He authored the book Being Latino in Christ and developed articles for Christianity Today, InterVarsity, and Sojourners.
New Church Advisory Committee: Rudy Amaya, Ryan Braught, Steve Gregory, Don Mitchell, Deb Oskin, Nate Polzin, Cesia Salcedo, Doug Veal.
CLM staff: Gimbiya Kettering, Randi Rowan, Stan Dueck