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December 12, 2011
[Episcopal News Service] A new church has literally “popped up” in Portland, Oregon, offering alternative and movable worship, an Advent vespers here, an Advent Mass celebrated there – followed by pub conversations nearby. “PopUp Church,” also known as All Souls, debuted Dec. 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Portland with a weekly series of Wednesday evening Advent...
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June 14, 2011
What if cathedrals across North America, the long-held treasured symbols of tradition, were "re-imagined" into incubators and hubs for fresh and creative new ministries, "places where young adults can be drawn to explore Christian faith and spirituality within dioceses?" The Rev. Karen Ward hopes to inspire both the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to sign...
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August 19, 2010
The Rev. Thomas L. Brackett, an Episcopal priest who serves as the Episcopal Church's missioner for church planting, ministry redevelopment, and fresh expressions of church, will be the featured speaker Sept. 19 on Day 1, a nationally syndicated radio program. The program, which also will be accessible by podcast, will include a sermon by Brackett along with interviews conducted by Peter...
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March 9, 2009
New ways of "being church" that developed in the past couple of decades are gathered under the term "emergent church." It's also called a conversation, a movement, a phenomenon – and defining it is "like chasing mercury around a chemistry lab table," said Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. Although their...
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October 23, 2008
Thirty-two leaders in the field of church planting, development and evangelism in the Episcopal Church assembled at the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel to create and develop a network that listens to what is happening both in the world and church, and responds faithfully to the spirit's leading. The first-ever Network of Ministry Innovators Conference met in conjunction with the Black...
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May 14, 2007
The Rev. Laurie Chappelle was newly ordained with no church planting experience, but none of that fazed her last year when she recognized "that God was doing a new thing" and was beckoning her to do likewise in suburban south Reno, Nevada. She was serving as a pastoral associate at Trinity Church in Reno, one of the fastest growing areas of the country. "There are 35,000 people in...
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June 20, 2006
Personal evangelism, campus ministry and church plants form the cornerstone of the General Convention's effort to achieve the goals of the 20/20 initiative. The Convention passed a resolution proposed by Bishop David Jones of Virginia, chair of the Evangelism Committee, to study the Joint Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism's concern that the Episcopal Church "may be in...
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May 18, 2004
Understanding the 'unchurched' and cultivating the ability to communicate in broad contexts are essential for the Episcopal Church to achieve its objectives to take seriously Jesus' command to "build my church" and to "spread the Gospel." That was the message that 170 participants took home from the first annual Plant My Church conference, held in Lansdowne,...