Planting Gospel-Centered, Sacramental, and Missional Churches throughout New England.
The Anglican Diocese in New England wants to engage the harvest right at our doorstep in the power of the Holy Spirit. New England is “post-Christian,” which means that most people are indifferent or suspicious of any kind of organized religious expression, and planting new Kingdom communities here is a high and difficult calling. Far from being impossible, however, the current climate is a profound opportunity for the Church to be the Church.
New England fields are ripe for the harvest, and we are eager to support leaders who bring Spirit-empowered missional communities to our neighborhoods. We are building an ecosystem that fosters multiplication, where missional disciples make missional disciples, who plant churches who plant churches, who bring the Kingdom of God.
How are missional communities formed?
- An existing congregation gathers a team of clergy and laity who have a heart for a specific area and launch out from their mother church to plant a new community.
- A group of disciples in an area gather to form a community and eventually seek an ordained leader to join and develop them into an established congregation on mission.
- A small team launches out to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel, gather a core group of converts, grow disciples, and establish a new faith community on mission.
- Church Planting Residency initiatives in local parishes deploy and train disciple-makers and planters of missional communities or congregations.
How does the ADNE support missional leaders to New England?
- Leadership Pipeline: We have a clearly defined path for identifying, equipping, and releasing new missional leaders.
- Assessment: We have a process for helping you discern your God-given gifts for the work of planting.
- Training: We have a plan for equipping planters with the needed skills and knowledge to plant successfully in their context. This includes 1-2 year residency programs in a local missional church to grow in the competencies and character necessary for missional leadership.
- Coaching: We will provide planters with regular strategic mentoring and coaching.
- Ongoing Support: We have an intentional focus on providing for planters relationally, emotionally, physically and spiritually in their work by:
- Connecting planters to missional hub churches (sponsoring churches) for support.
- Connecting planters and their families to resources for soul care (Prayer ministry and Spiritual Direction).
- Developing learning communities (cohorts) of church planters within the Diocese.
- Funding: Matching grants through the ADNE can be applied for both the launch of a new church and a Church Planting Residency. Also, we can assist the planter in developing a strategy for donor-raising.
- Strategic Oversight: We believe in low-control and high accountability: every missional leader will be accountable to someone for their vision and ministry but will have the freedom to incarnate the Gospel in the Anglican Way as best expressed through their surrounding culture, under the Bishop’s authority.
What are some good resources for church planters?
Below you will find what you need to get started. Of course, prayer is the place to begin. Finally, contact The Rev. Justin Howard, the ADNE Canon for Church Planting, and he will help you get connected not only with the process but with people who can walk with you in prayer along the way.
Thank you for sowing into New England soil! Let’s pray together for the Lord of the Harvest to raise up laborers not only in this region but across all of North America.
Not called to Church Planting?
You can still get involved! As church planters invest in New England souls and build the Kingdom in hard soil, financial help is always needed and appreciated; invest in them as they invest in others. Every bit of your gift, whether one-time or recurring, will be sown directly into the equipping, funding, and networking of Anglican church planters in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.