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‘1001’ focuses on leader development through site-based learning

One of the five key resources of the 1001 New Worshiping Community initiative is a site-based learning program for apprentices and residents. Discerning church planters have the opportunity to learn from a seasoned church planter alongside a cohort of other discerners while they practice starting something of their own. Each year, 1001 gathers curious and courageous women and men to explore church planting in three- to nine-month apprenticeships and 12-month residencies.

Weekly video instruction is led by program director the Rev. Sara Hayden, along with monthly coaching, on-the-ground experimentation and practice in an established new worshiping community.

Keep reading to learn what this experience means to some of our current residents and cohorts.

Nikki Collins
1001 National Coordinator

'1001' Residents

Find out who they are —and the church ministries they are engaged in

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NWC apprentices

Meet our apprentices and find out their hopes for ministry in the church and world.

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Residents: In their own words

"I’m impressed with the courage of the PC(USA) to put their resources towards this work, and I hope they don’t stop. Stories of healing in the life of these new worshiping communities is the norm." — April Alkema


"On a regular basis I now seek to be a leader and a follower. Sometimes I will take someone’s hand to lead them, and other times I will need my hand to be taken and led. I have experienced a newfound ability to have my cup filled by others and a cup that will be emptied with little fear it will remain empty." — Gabriella Lisi

Calling potential 1001 NWC residency sites for 2020!

Each year, 1001 offers multiple yearlong residency sites to emerging NWCs seeking to gain experience starting ministries from scratch through coaching, mentoring and practical application in the methods of church planting. We offer a variety of residency contexts throughout the United States and want to invite your team to consider applying as a potential site. Now through Nov. 4, we are seeking applications for 2020.

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Worshiping Communities receive Mission Program Grants

Thirteen diverse ministries have each received $7,500 to help them get started. Six others have each received $25,000 to grow their mission and ministry of becoming viable PC(USA)-related ministries.

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Student loan forgiveness helps small church/1001 leader

The Rev. Denise McLeod (left), who started a 1001 ministry at small Florida church, says the support she’s received from the PC(USA) "feels like a miracle."

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Light of Hope

‘1001’ checks in with a community that was launched in 2012 with a big dream. How are things going in metro Atlanta?

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Become a Matthew 25 Church

Matthew 25 is a bold new vision and invitation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). There are over 150 congregations and mid councils that have pledged to become a Matthew 25 church so far. We aim to help multiply this loving commitment to radical and fearless discipleship by partnering to help them embrace one or more of the three focuses. Find out more and join us on this journey.

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