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Starting New Churches – An Interesting Story

Thanks to Tim Stevens for bringing this story to my attention via this post – One Church Becomes Two… Without Splitting.

Beach United Methodist Church, in Jacksonville, Florida will be launching one of their worship venues, Eleven 22, as a new non denominational church in 12 to 18 months. You can read more about it at

I believe that starting new churches is a critical component of The United Methodist Church finding renewal and new life. There are new churches started every year, but there are some things about this start that I find intriguing:

  • A mainline church is launching a non denominational church
  • It seems that the worship service was not originally started with a new church start in mind.
  • This is not the first nor the last new church that Beach UMC will launch.

I hope and pray for all the best for these congregations and the way that they will continue to live out the gospel in Jacksonville. What is your response to this story?

2 replies on “Starting New Churches – An Interesting Story”

I am deeply moved by this video. It is obviously a move of the Holy Spirit and gives me great hope. One of the most important aspects of this is the Christocentric preaching that I am hearing. If Jesus remains at the center the city of Jacksonville Beach and the world will be blessed for many years.

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