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The Chapel, Brunswick, Georgia
The Chapel is a contemporary United Methodist congregation. In February 2004, a small group of faithful followers began to meet in a home basement to pray and see what God would do.
Originating with seven, the congregation has grown to 1,000 attending Sunday services on two campuses.
Morning Star Church, Prairie, Missouri
Morning Star Church seeks to meet people right where they are and help them take their next step on their spiritual journey. Morning Star provides a wide variety of opportunities for spiritual and emotional growth, from support groups to classes, all of which are available to members as well as to the community.
First UMC of Sullivan, Illinois
First UMC of Sullivan exists to produce fully devoted followers of Jesus the Christ. Their vision is to have their church and membership: going where Jesus goes, doing what Jesus does, and being who Jesus is. All members of the church are called to be active in the life and ministry of the church.
Church Planting Worldwide (#400400)
Global Ministries is working in collaboration with church leaders across the world to plant 400 churches by the end of this year. It's an ambitious goal, but with God's help we have already planted more than 350 congregations in locations such as Laos, Vietnam, Cameroon, Russia, Honduras, and several other countries. We call these areas Mission Initiatives.
Mission Initiatives are unique in many ways, but mostly because they are in places where The United Methodist Church is new to the population. For example, we have only been present in Thailand for the last five years. The Thai people are just getting to know United Methodists; even Christianity is relatively new to them. In all of the places where we are planting the church, people are asking, "Who are the United Methodists?" This question has opened the door for us to share the gospel through word and deed.
Whether we are planting churches in Asia, Africa, Latin America, or Eastern Europe, the Good News of Jesus Christ is transforming lives. Global Ministries is empowering young churches as they engage in works of piety and mercy. This is a historic moment and The United Methodist Church is experiencing rapid growth outside the United States. You can be a part of this movement by supporting and learning from these vibrant congregations through a strategic partnership facilitated by the In Mission Together program.
The In Mission Together program fosters church planting abroad by developing partnerships. A partnership covenant is created between the new church plant overseas and a partner in the US (individuals, churches, districts, conferences, or others), which encourages mutuality and empowerment for both. Partners are transformed and energized by this faith-building experience through the sharing of their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness in mission together. The 400 Fund is the financial tool that supports evangelists and pastors, congregations and outreach teams as they share the gospel with new converts and grow the church worldwide. One hundred percent of all funds are designated for developing new churches and their ministries.
Learn more at www.umcmission.org/inmissiontogether