Category: Church Updates

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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July 2, 2012

Welcome Dalach's and Long's to the Ecclesia

Welcome Luke and Linda Dalach to the Ecclesia Network! Hi Ecclesia family. My family and a few friends are at the very beginning stages of starting a network of missional communities in Northwest Indiana. Our little section of Indiana is part of Chicago’s culture….we’re Bears and Sox/Cubs fans and get all Chicago media. Illinois forgets...

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April 19, 2012

Welcome Bridge Community Church of Easton, PA to the Ecclesia Network!

The Bridge is a new community of faith being developed in Easton, PA under the guidance of Mike & Judy Hollenbach.  They had previously been a part of New Life Church in Dresher, PA since 1998 where Mike served as associate pastor.   Their hometown is nearby Perkasie, PA – a small town about 30 minutes south of Easton/Coopersburg. Mike...

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December 23, 2011

Welcome Church Planters Worth & Beth Wheeler and Boised Mustard Seed (Boise, ID) to the Ecclesia Network!

Boise Mustard Seed is a newly forming church community of Jesus followers who have their hearts set on living out the grace and peace of Christ in the city of Boise and the Greater Boise Metro Area. “We endeavor to live out the Way of Jesus in innovative forms through an incarnational approach within our...

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December 23, 2011

Welcome Rhythm Church (Miami, FL) to the Ecclesia Network!

Rhythm Church began brewing about three years before it was actually planted. That’s when a circle of friends in Miami began feeling that God was calling us to give birth to a fresh expression of the church in the future. The simple question we began with was, “What does it look like tof ollow Jesus...

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July 21, 2011

Church Update: Kairos Hollywood

by Dave Kludt of Kairos Hollywood So far, 2011 has been spent deepening roots in a city with tough soil. Over the last few years, Kairos Hollywood has rounded the five-year mark as a church plant and we’re now approaching ten, with the last few years being marked by significant change and transition. While instability...

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July 18, 2011

Church Update: Christ Church

By Ben Sternke pastor of Christ Church in Ft. Wayne, IN. Christ Church’s mission is to join God in the renewal of all things by planting a network of missional communities in the neighborhoods and networks of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Doing church this way requires a foundation a discipling culture and a lot of leaders, so...

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July 9, 2011

Update from Bruce and Terri Hopler

18 years ago, my wife Terri, 3-month-old son Caleb, and I drove into Howard County, Maryland, to start a church.  It was an “against all odds” story on many levels, but by the grace of God a church was born. Over the next several years a lot happened in the life of Cornerstone: over 150 people...

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July 5, 2011

Update from Life on the Vine

by Geoff Holsclaw Co-Pastor: Life on the Vine The last 9 months have been a roller-coaster: for me personally and congregationally.  But God always brings the right people along at the right time.  This has been the major revelation for me/us this year. When the Lord called away one of our co-pastors we were, understandably,...

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April 20, 2011

Welcome The District Church to Ecclesia Network

Our nation’s capital is a city of contradictions in many ways. It is the capital of the richest country in human history and yet has some the highest poverty rates in our nation. It is the most educated city in the U.S. but has some of the lowest performing public schools. It is the capital...

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October 26, 2010

Welcome Portland Church Plant to Ecclesia

People from all different walks of life and different parts of the world continue to move into America’s urban areas.  Increasingly, to “go to the ends of the world” means going deep into the heart of city.  Each American city has a unique identity.  We believe that Portland’s unique identity aligns well with many of...

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October 9, 2010

Welcome Evergreen Community to Ecclesia!

We are excited to have the Evergreen Community as a part of the Ecclesia Network. They are a young church, with multiple congregations around Portland, OR. Evergreen is pastored by Bob Hyatt, Chris Leonardo, and Dustin Bagby. We are excited to join with them in multiplying gospel communities throughout the Mid-West. If you’ve got some...

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September 20, 2010

Welcome "R" Church to the Ecclesia Network.

“R” church is a new congregation comprised of developing missional communities on the Southside of Richmond, VA.  “R” church is being sponsored by Imago Dei and is led by Matt and Amy Senger.  We are excited to have them part of our growing family and look forward to see what God is going to do...

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August 31, 2010

Welcome New Denver Church to the Ecclesia Network!

We are excited to welcome another new church plant to our growing community. New Denver Church began as a dream in the hearts of three families in late 2008. In early 2009, these families moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to Denver, Colorado, to begin a community of faith in the city. New Denver is co-pastored by...

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July 3, 2010

Welcome Ecclesia Stockton (a bit about them too)

Ecclesia Stockton was a church birthed in March of 2009. It began with 11 friends in a living room with a desire to be a community that embodied the kingdom of Jesus. Our hope has been to deeply root our hearts within the gospel and root our hands and feet into the background of downtown...

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June 24, 2010

Welcome Pathways Church to Ecclesia

Pathways is a missional community learning to follow Jesus in the northern suburbs of Baltimore. Loving God, loving others and making lovers, Pathways seeks to reveal the Kingdom through every day life and in every context it finds itself. “Doing life with God and others in public,” Pathways works to change the very nature of...

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November 5, 2009

New Ecclesia Church Starting in Ft. Wayne, Indiana!!!

Ft. Wayne is home to many firsts, some you’ve probably heard of (the game of basketball) and some you’ve probably not (baking powder). It’s also home to the first Ecclesia church plant in Indiana. Ben & Deb Sternke are walking with a small core team in starting Christ Church.

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