Church Leaders Host Church Planting Conference Via Zoom

Ecumenical Partners in Outreach, a network of mainline denominational leaders, has recently concluded its first church planting and revitalization conference via Zoom.

The gathering brought together church planters from across the United States and Canada to celebrate their work and exchange church planting strategies at a time when many congregations are meeting virtually.

Rev. Nikki Collins, national coordinator of the PC(USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities and one of this year’s participants described how through workshops and role playing participants acted out real life scenarios in breakout sessions, participated in scavenger hunters, and enjoyed a plethora of games.

Collins said, “The joy of being known and the chance to step away from all that has happened in 2020 to simply laugh was priceless.”

Other participants like Rev. Terrell L. McTyer of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Rev. Dr. Chris Davies of the United Church of Christ and the Rev. Rachel Gilmore of the United Methodist Church describe this as their most enjoyable experience on Zoom and couldn’t recall ever having this much fun at a virtual gathering.

Rev. Gilmore stated, “This was the most welcoming and engaging Zoom party I’ve ever attended.”

“It was an honor to appreciate the hard work of church planters in a very fun way,” said Rev. McTyer.

Rev. Davies added, “And to goof off with them in an ecumenical way!”

Roughly 90 church planters participated in the inaugural conference. By the conclusion of the day-long events, several participants described forging new friendship and meeting fellow “co-conspirators in the sharing of the gospel.”

Rev. Collins said, “The event was a success because many had come feeling alone in their contexts. But they left knowing that every other face on the screen understood what their lives and work are all about.”

Source: Presbyterian Mission