Online Resources and Action Steps for Presbyteries, Churches and Emerging Leaders to form NEW Worshiping Communities

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Igniting a Movement

We are a movement in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to begin 1001 new worshiping communities. We strive to form new disciples of Jesus in order to transform our denomination and impact our world through new forms of church for our diverse and changing culture.

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The work of launching and supporting new worshiping communities in the PC(USA) is a partnership shared by the Presbyterian Mission Agency, synods and presbyteries, and local congregations. We work together to discern the places God is calling us t to identify, equip, and support the leaders who will make this ministry their own.

If you are part of a local congregation, a mid council, or a discerning starter, these resources will guide you on your journey. Our team is here to support your work.


Starting new Worshiping communities Guide

This online and downloadable guide will walk you through the resources available and offer you a process for starting a New Worshiping Community. With specific strategies, Bible studies, and planning exercises, we will help you discern, start, grow, and multiply.


The work of launching a new worshiping community defies comparison, but this time of leadership will almost certainly be a season of personal growth. Assessments help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for spiritual, personal, and professional development.

Apprenticeships & Residencies

Leaders of new worshiping communities face the daunting challenge of creating something new that is both contextual and transformative. Site-based learning opportunities allow discerning leaders to learn from seasoned church planters while developing and starting a new ministry of their own.



Coaching is essential for healthy and sustainable ministry. Coaches meet regularly with you to listen, ask great questions, help you discover gifts, and enable you to discern the way forward when you get stuck. Let us help you connect with a coach to guide you on your journey.


A new kind of church, requires a different kind of training. Our team has designed and leads a variety of training opportunities to prepare, equip, and sustain the kind of prophetic leadership needed during this time of unprecedented change in the church.

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The Presbyterian Mission Agency provides a system of grants for New Worshiping Communities. The link below will guide you through the application process and offer you a schedule of deadlines and review periods.

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Essential Documents

Are you looking for a particular form? Throughout this site is a number of documents that you may need. Below are some of the basic informational forms that will give you an overalls look at what New Worshiping Communities are all about. All documents are completely free and you are able to make and distribute as many copies as you would like to your team or mid-council.

You can also find the Starting New Worshiping Communities resource in Spanish or Korean.

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Starting New Worshiping Communities Resource

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Mid-Council Frequently Asked Questions

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What is 1001 New Worshiping Communities?

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Five Resources of 1001


Download the Starting New Worshiping Communities Resource

Our Starting New Worshiping Communities Guide in connection with this site creates a comprehensive overview or Starting a New Worshiping Community.

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Perhaps you have a number of questions about the resources that we provide in the discerning stage. We can help.

Are you ready for the discernment resources?

In the discernment section you will be introduced to the resources that can help you.