Calling to Plant
October 02, 2014
More than 30 church leaders, lay and clergy, recently participated in the "Calling to Plant" event at the United Methodist Center in West Sacramento.
This event was designed to help potential leaders to discern their call to be a church planter, to serve a new church as a planting member, or to support the annual conference strategy for creating new places for new people.
The Rev. Sungho Lee, senior pastor, Concord UMC, and chairperson, Conference Committee on New and Vital Congregations, led the workshop "Why Plant New Churches or Faith Communities?" Rev. Lee suggested the “purpose of starting a new church or faith community is to make disciples of Jesus Christ that will become agents of God’s mission for the transformation of the world.”
Other workshops included: Some Traits of High-Potential Church Planters, facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Bener Baysa Agtarap, Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality, Next Church Planting Opportunities In Our Conference Area, led by the Rev. Brenda Vaca, Missionary, Western Jurisdiction – Hispanic-Latino Ministries, and Restart@Trinity UMC – a church planting strategy, shared by the Rev. Michael Love.
The next gathering of church planters will be held at New Creation UMC in Campbell, CA on October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For interest in attending this event, contact Angela Franklin, AngelaF@calnevumc.org.