Why should we care about planting a new church?
- New churches are more effective at reaching unchurched people than existing churches.
- New churches are most effective at reaching the growing ethnic populations in local communities.
- New churches have historically been the best method for reaching emerging generations.
- New churches, on the whole, grow much faster than established churches.
- New churches are a test laboratory for church leadership development.
- New churches often lead the way in developing innovative approaches to ministry.
- The number of churches in our country is not keeping pace with growth in the U.S. population. The closing of existing churches (~3,500 per year, nationally) adds to the need for new churches.
- People need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
How does planting a church help the parent church?
The fact is, most parenting churches experience a new season of vitality after parenting. In the Covenant we find parenting churches “recover” to their previous capacity (and beyond) in 9-18 months. We see God honoring the sacrificial giving as He brings in new leaders, and raises up those who have been waiting for an opportunity to serve. By helping to plant new churches, existing churches often maintain or recapture their missional heart and edge. We are blessed when we are a blessing.
How does church planting help expand the Kingdom of God in our community?
Statistics show that within the East Coast Conference less than 15% of the population regularly attend church. Because the ministry and worship style of a new church typically differs from existing churches, they are positioned to draw new people. In fact, new churches usually reach different age, ethnic, or socio-economic groups than existing churches. In addition, new churches set new standards and raise the quality of ministry in a community. Also, when churches of the same denominational family share the same area, each church's ministries tend to be strengthed and have a greater impact on their community.
What is the track record of church planting within the Evangelical Covenant Church?
The success rate of newly planted churches in the Evangelical Covenant Church after 4 years is 86%, and well over 90% amongst parented projects. We believe this is related to how the Covenant Church supports church planting. By developing “well-conceived plans” with each new planting pastor and leadership , seek the biggest Kingdom impact possible. Each project is thouroughly accessed prior to beginning. As a new church prepares to launch, we train church planting pastors and their teams and provide ongoing coaching support during the early years of the church's life.
When will the church plant in Hartford be open?
The most likely timeline would be:
- Prior to Easter 2015: Establish an initial launch team of 30 people to begin preliminary work.
- Summer 2015: Move to Monthly Preview Worship.
- Fall 2015: Full Launch and “Grand Opening” season.
How long will Phillip Beatty be Pastor of Student Ministries at Trinity?
The current plan is that Phillip Beatty will conclude his ministry to youth at Trinity on June 30, 2015. Prior to his departure, Phil is preparing the youth ministry team for transition.
Where will the church in Hartford be located?
There are several options to explore, but this process won’t start until the launch team is in place. Possibilities include the south end near the Webster Theater, the area near the old Colt factory building and the area around the new convention center. This discernment process for location, however, will start once the initial Launch Team is in place.
- Trinity’s History: Through Trinity’s participation in The Hartford Project over the last 10 years many relationships and connections have been established.
- Rich Diversity: Hartford presents a great location for a church seeking to be diverse in many ways. Hartford includes many people of different nationalities. Hartford is 45% Hispanic or Latino, 39% African American, and 15% White or Anglo.
- Emerging Generations: Hartford has many young adults who work in the city. There are several college campuses in and around Hartford.
- Culturally Strategic: The state capitol is located in Hartford which is known as the ‘Insurance Capital of the World’, and is home to several institutions of higher education. This unique combination of factors makes Hartford a unique and strategic location for a new outpost for the gospel.
- Kingdom Partnership: Our goal is come alongside the many faithful churches in Hartford doing great work proclaiming the gospel in word and action, working together in furthering God's kingdom. We also want to be a strong community presence 7 days a week to provide a balance to the several Hartford churches that draw people primarily from the suburbs.
- Building Bridges: A multi-cultural/multi-ethnic church in Hartford is greatly needed and would help build bridges between the various communities within the city. This church plant will build on the healthy foundations of the Hartford Project and positive relationships among several churches. And with the blessing already received from key Hartford pastors, we'll continue to build bridges between Hartford and the surrounding suburban communities.
- Gospel and Calling: Hartford continues to have a high poverty rate in one of the richest states in America. There are many diverse neighborhoods with rich cultural traditions in Hartford. Therefore, many opportunities to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ exist in this city. God has placed the city of Hartford on the heart of Pastor Phillip Beatty, giving him a vision for a multi-cultural church.