Jumpstarts for Diversity Work: Start a New Church

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Contact your district superintendent or conference director of connectional ministry about plans for planting a new, multiracial church in your community. New churches start when communities see a need – a new residential development, new populations moving into the area, even a new niche in an existing church might inspire creation of a new congregation.


Advocate for the creation of new faith communities to reach diverse people and commit to being part of the process. Talk to your pastor and parishioners about ways your church can support the new-church start. For example, a small group from your congregation may be part of the worship in the new church as it grows, or members may lead small groups and Sunday school classes as membership builds. Again, work with your pastor and the annual conference to support and advocate.

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