By now many of our members and friends have heard about the New Beginnings program that our church will be participating in over the coming months. New Beginnings is an assessment-based discernment process developed by the Disciples of Christ. It’s been successful in their denomination, and has since been used in some Presbyterian churches, through the support and encouragement of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly Mission Council’s Office of Church Growth.
The Presbytery of Hudson River (our regional governing body) is now working in conjunction with the General Assembly (our denomination’s national governing body) to bring this program to our area. The aim of this project, which nine churches in our presbytery are participating in, is to help congregations take an honest and realistic look at their present, in order to move into a vibrant future of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in their communities.