In a time of declining church membership, when more and more congregations are closing or amalgamating, it is more important than ever for the church to provide strategic support for those engaged in new church development.
The Growing Churches Fund was established by The Presbyterian Church in Canada to help presbyteries start new congregations and to support those called to this vital area of ministry. The Presbyterian Church in Canada presently provides funding for three to five new church starts each year. Our goal is to provide funding and trained leadership to start one additional church planting each year until we reach a minimum of twelve church starts a year by 2020.
The fund will help us meet this goal by:
- Providing funds for presbyteries to hire consultants in determining the opportunities for new church plantings in their area
- Encouraging presbyteries to use a variety of models for starting new congregations and new ministries
- Providing coaches and mentors to offer ongoing training and support for new church development (NCD) workers
- Funding continuing education opportunities and an annual NCD Conference for NCD workers.