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Three Steps to Becoming an MCC Emerging Church
Partnership with an MCC Emerging Church
Discernment in Developing an MCC Emerging Church
Development of Leadership for an MCC Emerging Church
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Emerging Church Development in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, South Pacific, and United States
Emerging Church Development in the Caribbean, Latin America, and all Spanish and Portuguese areas of the world

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Emerging Churches in MCC – An Introduction

The Mission of the Emerging Church program is to develop
Sustainable new churches in
Strategically chosen communities and
Support each Emerging Church with professional leadership and spiritual formation.

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is committed to encouraging and nurturing the creation of new congregations around the world. Today, MCC is training both Clergy and Lay Ministry leaders in all areas of the world to lead vibrant and healthy churches of all types and in multiple languages.

To fully engage all aspects of the MCC mission, vision, and values, there are NEW ways to carry the message of MCC to NEW places. While the phrase “emerging church” has various meanings, MCC seeks to “Emerge” strategically and with unprecedented denominational and individual support for new church development.

Each Emerging Church has a unique path reflecting the multiple diversities of MCC and context of each location, rather than follow a formula, or set of criteria, associated with the phrase “emerging church” or any specific form of church development.

The purpose of the Emerging Church program is to lead all types of ministries through a discernment process that moves from concept, to small group, a community, and finally to a fully recognized MCC church.

Three Steps to Becoming an MCC Emerging Church

The following outlines common steps for most churches to successfully emerge as vibrant and healthy MCC churches.

  1. Authorization of Ministry and Leader through the Office of Emerging Ministries. Initial contact, conversation, and discernment begin the Authorization process. Following initial contact and conversation, a potential Ministry Leader may be invited to complete a Discernment and Ministry Proposal. Authorization of an Emerging Church Ministry and a Ministry Leader is finalized by the Office of Emerging Ministries. When considering this process, please realize that all Emerging Churches require sponsorship. The Office of Emerging Ministries Director, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner will assist with each step of this process including assistance with locating potential sponsors. (Continue reading for official forms to download and submit for Step 1).
  2. Formation: 1-3 year process from concept to core team, legal recognition, launch team, and then public worship. The timeline varies according to context.
  3. Affiliation with MCC is the final step for an Emerging Church. The Criteria for Affiliation is a framework which may be applied differently in each global area; indicators of an Emerging Church’s readiness to affiliate are contained in a separate protocol for each global area. See contacts for specific Global areas under Global Emerging Church Development.

If you’re the leader of an existing ministry, or considering developing a new MCC church, please send all inquiries related to becoming an MCC Emerging Church to RevDarleneGarner@MCCchurch.net.

Partner with an MCC Emerging Church

The Office of Emerging Ministries is committed to collaboration with local churches and Networks, based on their own discernment, in order to provide partnership for an Emerging Church.  It is our goal to allow for discernment through conversation rather than dictate what a church “must” or “must not” do in relation to partnership.   Through discernment a Partnership Covenant is formed between the MCC Emerging Church and potential Partners.  Areas for Partnership include administrative, small group, programming, and financial resources.

All Emerging Churches need a Partner. Today, there are THREE paths for all MCC persons, churches, and networks to collaborate and support one another. The Three Paths for Partnership of an MCC Emerging Church are:

  • Network – Empowering multiple churches and ministries to support an Emerging Church through an existing MCC Network. Churches in the Network collaborate to provide planning, funding, leadership, and assistance for the formation of an Emerging Church. Collaborating churches receive financial incentives from MCC when offering direct and measurable financial support to an Emerging Church that is part of a Network Partnership.
  • Local – Established healthy churches of all sizes are capable of becoming a Partner church for the development of an Emerging Church. The pastor of the existing Affiliated MCC church is not expected to provide pastoral leadership. The local church Partner receives financial incentives from MCC when providing direct and measurable financial support to the Emerging Church.
  • Hybrid – Each context is unique leading to a potential blend of MCC Network and Local church partnership along with individuals who may contribute to the formation of a healthy MCC Emerging Church.

Discernment in developing an MCC Emerging Church

As a potential Clergy or Lay Ministry Leader, begin with the question: What Does it Take to be an MCC “Church Developer”? (PDF)

Sign up for MCC Emerging Church Leadership Training

All persons who seek to develop an MCC Emerging Church, are asked to provide demographic and strategic research along with a philosophy of ministry through the form: Discernment and Ministry Proposal for an MCC Emerging Church (PDF)or  US Hispanic – MCC Discernment and Planning Proposal for Emerging Churches (PDF)Please adapt to your global context and vision for ministry. If submitting in a language other than English, please allow time for translation.

Development of Leadership for an MCC Emerging Church

As an MCC Emerging Church Leader you are equipped with two programs: Coaching from an experienced ministry leader and Training directly related to Emerging Church Development.

The primary objective of the Emerging Church Training Program is to develop strong Emerging Church leaders establish a knowledge base directly related to church development and growth and utilize existing gifts. The training program will guide each person, lay or clergy, through a program that is both online and in-person. There are six particular areas of training which include: Orientation to the Emerging Church Program, creating diverse and inclusive MCC churches, how to inspire and empower small groups and volunteers, build organizational skills directly related to not-for-profit formation, increase personal awareness as a ministry leader, and formation of an action plan for a specific MCC Emerging Church.

Once an Authorized Ministry Leader, a Ministry Coach will provide consistent and personal contact, to listen, encourage, and assist in the Emerging Church process from concept to Affiliation.

The Emerging Church Training Program will begin enrollment in February 2016 for a course in April and May 2016. If you are interested in this program, please contact Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, RevDarleneGarner@MCCchurch.net for more information including application, fees, and course dates.

Global Emerging Church Development

Living into the plurality of our name, Metropolitan Community Churches, we recognize the need for many churches to reflect the diversity of MCC. The process of identifying communities in need of MCC is done with great care and intentionality. Strategic planning is underway through collaboration with various MCC Offices to actively develop new MCC churches around the world. Regardless of what part of the world you may reside, we work with MCC Networks of churches and individuals to collaborate and form MCC Emerging Churches and Ministries.

Emerging church Development in Africa, Asia, Australia Canada, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, South Pacific, and United States
Please contact Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, MCC Office of Emerging Ministries Director, at RevDarleneGarner@MCCchurch.net

 


Emerging Church Development in the Caribbean, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world
Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez, MCC Office of Emerging Ministries Assistant Director, at revhectorgutierrez@mccchurch.net.


MCC Emerging Churches around the world

Caixas do Sul, Brazil
ICM Maceió, Brazil
ICM Cariri, Brazil
ICM Divinopolis, Brazil
ICM Mairipora, Brazil
ICM Podemos Vivir, Brazil
Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM, Colombia
 ICM Brazos Abiertos, El Salvador
ICM Honduras, Honduras
ICM Ponce, Puerto Rico
MCC Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Resources for additional reading

Resources for Becoming MCC

 

Reading for Emerging Church Developers

Download Icon Emerging Church Development Guide
(Updated: 1 April 2015)

 

Process

Download Icon Partnership Covenant
(Updated: 16 February 2016)