It isn’t every Sunday that a new church is officially welcomed into our Indiana Conference, so last Sunday at The Branches, in Plainfield, was very special. The United Methodist church, which was started by Rev. Alex Hershey in 2013, celebrated it’s new status at a chartering service. This milestone will also be celebrated at Annual Conference in June.
Some in the conference may have the impression that this is the only church plant going on. This is far from the truth. The conference actually has twenty or so new faith communities meeting right now that have been launched in the past few years. It also has another group of them being launched in the coming months. These projects include Korean, Native American, Burmese, and a number of Hispanic congregations besides Anglo and multi-ethnic congregations. Some are stand alone congregation, but many are being sponsored by existing United Methodist churches.
In many ways, the Indiana Conference is experiencing the beginnings of a church planting movement. Perhaps the greatest sign of this is that the conference’s Church Development team is not directly involved in a number of these projects.
Stay tuned for future announcements of some new amazing church plants that are in the works. God is moving! And, please consider joining the action by contacting your Church Development staff person. We’re looking for more sponsoring churches, prospective church planters, planting opportunities, and people to pray. Why not join in the fun and be apart of what God is doing!
— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development