Category: Ecclesia News

March 9, 2017

Ecclesia’s 2016 Annual Report

Here’s the Annual Report for 2016!   2016 Ecclesia Annual Report  

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February 24, 2017

New Churches

In a continued sign of momentum in Ecclesia, we are excited to welcome two new congregations to our family – The Neighborhood Church in Garland, TX and Koinonia House in Pottstown, PA.   Both of these churches have been journeying with Ecclesia the last year and it’s a joy to make them and official part of the...

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February 24, 2017

Ecclesia Online Learning Hangout w/ Dave Fitch

Join us March 10th as Dr. David Fitch, author of Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission, discusses what it means to live as a faithful presence in today’s world. Incredibly practical and deeply theological, Dr. Fitch is a master provocateur who will challenge you to think carefully about your life and...

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February 24, 2017

From the National Director: Pentecost Offering

Do you want to make an impact outside your local community?  Perhaps in addition to the one your already making?  Or, had you hoped to plant a new congregation out of your current church but that opportunity hasn’t emerged, and yet you still want to support the formation of new faith communities?  If so, here is a great...

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February 9, 2017

Reaching New Hights

        –J.R. Briggs February 5 may have been Super Bowl Sunday, but Sunday afternoon many experienced something much more significant than the Patriots’ dramatic win. New Hights Christian Church, a brand new Spanish-speaking congregation in Hightstown, NJ, held their first baptism service that included their worship service, baptism, recognition of new members...

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February 2, 2017

Ecclesia Welcomes New Board Member Mandy Smith!

Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today publications and the Missio Alliance Blog and the author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry and Making a Mess and Meeting God....

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February 2, 2017

New Buildings- New Ministry Opportunities Within Ecclesia

After 12 years meeting in 3 different pubs and 1 rave space, the Evergreen Community in Portland, OR finally has a building! Evergreen has moved into the former Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst, a beautiful brick building. This past month has been spent acclimating to the new space, and dreaming of ways the kingdom can be advanced...

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January 26, 2017

If 2016 was a Challenging Year – You’re Not Alone!

I know many leaders within Ecclesia who are happy to put 2016 in the rear view mirror.  While any year in church leadership is full of a mixture of highs and lows, successes and failures, and moments of God’s Action or (seeming) inaction, 2016 seemed to tip toward the challenging for many in Ecclesia. I...

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October 27, 2016

New Elder Commissioning at Renew

On Sunday, October 23, The Renew Community (Lansdale, PA) officially added and commissioned two elders to their elder team. While elders have been commissioned at the church before, this was the first time Renew added women elders to the team. Renew has believed in the authority of women in leadership from its inception, it was...

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September 29, 2016

From the Field: An update From Albuquerque- Jesse & Joanna Harden

  This time last year my wife and I were attending Ecclesia’s Genesis Church Planters Training in Chicago, Illinois, attempting to soak up every ounce of information presented to us. We were discerning a growing sense of call to plant a church in a community full of people and experiences very different from our own....

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September 29, 2016

Welcome New Ecclesia Member Church The Commons

The Ecclesia board is excited to announce the addition of a new church in San Diego California to our family.  The Commons Church was planted by Jon and Sarah Nichols 4 years ago to be an incarnational presence in San Diego.  The goal of The Commons is be a community conspiring to proclaim the cross,...

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September 29, 2016

Reflection on Ecclesia’s Genesis Church Planters Training- Gary Alloway

I am a straight-A student.  Even though I haven’t been in school for a decade now, that identity remains.  I am one who succeeds, who passes the test, who figures out how to solve the puzzle.  Its one of the things that drew me to church planting.  But the truth about straight-A students is that...

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June 24, 2016

How to Kill the Church You Planted When You Move On

There are some occasions when I wish that I was an actual Bishop.  One of those repeated moments is when I find out that a church within Ecclesia is about to go through a pastoral transition.  In fact, I cringe almost every time that I first get the news.  Quite honestly this is born out...

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February 27, 2016

Ecclesia 2015-2016:  Looking Back & Looking Ahead

As 2015 came to an end, it closed the 8th chapter in the short history of Ecclesia.  For all intents and purposes, Ecclesia really began in 2008 with a few churches and a small handful of church planters who were looking to provide a unique witness to the gospel in a scattering of cities, mostly...

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January 30, 2016

Ecclesia Welcomes Mid-West & New England Churches into the Network!

University Christian Church (universitychristianchurch.net) in Cincinnati, OH and Church at the Well in Burlington, VT (wellchurchvt.com) were both officially accepted into our growing network at our recent board meeting.  For many within Ecclesia, the leadership of UCC will be a familiar face to you.  In 2014 we were blessed to have Lead Pastor, Mandy Smith,...

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January 30, 2016

Welcome New Board Member – Tom Ward Sr.

Tom Ward Sr., Lead Pastor of Eastpoint Church in Newark, DE recently joined the Ecclesia board at our annual meeting in early January. We are really honored to have someone of Tom’s wisdom and experience journeying along with our network at this significant level. Tom has been in vocational ministry for over 40 years and planted Eastpoint...

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January 30, 2016

Pentecost Offering Begins This Spring!

One of the heartbeats of Ecclesia has always been to resource and support current and prospective church planters.  After all, no single church around came into existing without being planted in some way.  Particularly, we are in a season where new kinds of churches need to be started to bear witness to the gospel in...

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December 10, 2015

Rhythm Church in Miami Celebrates 5 Years! 

“On our five year anniversary we pause to give God thanks for all that he has done in us and through us. We’ve seen God work powerfully in our midst, and we believe that he will continue “to do more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within...

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November 5, 2015

Report from New Denver Guatemala Trip

Earlier this year New Denver church took another mission trip to Guatemala, a country they are heavily invested in. Here’s a report on the trip from one of their leaders.   When our team arrived in Guatemala this Spring, I was thrilled to experience the culture of the lakeside villages, witness the school and church...

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November 5, 2015

Online Learning Hangout with James Bryan Smith

Our next Online Learning Hangout will be Thursday, Nov 19th at 1pm PT/4pm ET. This time we’ll be hearing from James Bryan Smith, who will be our keynote speaker at this year’s Ecclesia National Gathering. Dr. James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; DMin Fuller Seminary) is the Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute....

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October 28, 2015

NextGen Church Takes the Next Step (West Windsor, NJ)

It’s hard not to get excited about what God is doing in and through the people at NextGen Church in West Windsor, New Jersey – just outside of Princeton. The church continues to grow numerically, but their desire and creativity to serve those in their community is what is most encouraging and inspiring when you...

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October 28, 2015

Ecclesia Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Church Leaders Gathering – Saturday January 30th

Last year we launched an effort to more fully support, resource, and connect the “non-vocational” leaders of the churches in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.  On a very cold Saturday in January, nearly 100 people showed up at Eastpoint Church on their day off to get a jump start on the year ahead as a...

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October 28, 2015

This Fall, Remember Ecclesia

This Fall – Remember Ecclesia!   Our National Director, Chris Backert, takes a moment to encourage all in our network with a simple thought for the coming months.  Take a look at this update from Chris.

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August 24, 2015

Awesome Story from Ecclesia Church Veritas

Recently, Ryan Braught from Ecclesia Church Veritas shared this story from someone in his community with us- we wanted to pass it on to you.  This summer, I’ve been using my music to connect with others as well as praying. I’m growing closer to God in taking a practice that I love and realizing his...

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August 21, 2013

Stories of Ecclesia: It Starts with Lamenting

From Ty Grigg – pastor at Life on the Vine, Long Grove, IL Angela stood up to the podium and pulled out a piece of paper.  Normally, during our worship liturgy, we watch an “icon,” that is, a short video or projected artwork that reveals something about the way the world is and the ways...

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August 21, 2013

Church Update: The Bridge Community – Easton, PA

From Mike Hollenbach, pastor at The Bridge Community Our little community hosted its 4th annual kids-in-motion sports and arts camp the week of July 21 -27! Here are some of the highlights… The camp that began 4 years ago with 30 1st thru 5th grade campers has grown to bless over 150 campers from a low...

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November 22, 2012

Church Stories and Updates – Fall 2012

Cyd Holsclaw, Life on the Vine We’re pretty excited about ‘resurrecting’ our old practice of sharing stories of wonder every time we gather for worship. Each story of wonder highlights a way that God is working in an individual’s life, family, neighborhood or workplace. As people tell stories, our community hears concrete examples of what...

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November 22, 2012

Welcome Kairos Antelope Valley into Ecclesia

We are proud to welcome the Stepro family and Kairos Antelope Valley into Ecclesia.  They are in the first year of their new congregation and we are excited to see what God is doing. Here’s their story in Noah’s own words … I grew up in the Antelope Valley. The Antelope Valley is a weird...

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October 15, 2012

In Review of the Ecclesia Midsouth Regional Event

I’m excited to see the Midsouth region of Ecclesia taking shape. When we began church planting in Austin in 2008, we were a small dot in a large gap between two coasts on the Ecclesia map. In the time since, we’ve seen more dots appear on the map, but of special interest to me have...

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October 13, 2012

Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World Audio

On October 13th the churches of the Northeast Region of the Ecclesia Network came together for a one day training with author, speaker and church planter JR Woodward: Session #1 – The Missional Church and Missional Culture Session #2 – Missional Leadership Session #3 – Developing a Communal Rhythm of Life Session #4 – Cultivating an...

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