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Greetings from the New and Vital Faith Office!

by | Jul 28, 2022 | Conference Newsletter, New Faith Communities, Vital Faith Communities

We are excited to share some upcoming changes that might interest you. The New and Vital Faith Committee members will attend a September retreat where we will pray, vision, and set goals for the coming years. Some of the immediate updates you might see are the new application forms for those seeking funding from either the New Faith or Vital Faith Committees. The forms will also have a matrix you can access to see how we will evaluate funding resources moving forward. Another addition to our fall schedule is to host monthly lunch meetings via Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month at noon for those seeking to answer the following three questions related to new or revitalized churches:

  1. What’s going well?
  2. What hurdles am I facing?
  3. What resources do I need?

Anyone can join us! If you are discerning a call to church planting and want to receive a planter assessment, please contact Rev. Rachel Gilmore at for next steps!

If you want to attend the National Gathering of United Methodist Church Planters hosted by the Western Jurisdiction, mark your calendars for April 25-26 in Denver, Colorado! As many of you know, Rachel is new to her role as Director of New and Vital Faith. She will be visiting churches in all districts throughout July and August. Please get in touch with her to set something up if you would like to speak to her or arrange a site visit. For those wanting a Zoom link for the monthly meetings, those wishing to know more about planter assessment, or those wanting to schedule a visit, contact Rachel at .

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Rev. Rachel Gilmore

Rachel is a church planter, author, and speaker who currently serves as the Director of New and Vital Faith for the Desert Southwest Annual Conference.

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