New Church Starts: Spotlight on Central UMC in Galveston
“Redeem a church. Redeem a community” is the rallying mantra of a new cutting edge church plant called Central UMC in Galveston. Launch team meetings are the order of the day with Rev. Michael Gienger.
Perkins student Rev. Michael Gienger, formerly on staff at The Watershed UMC in League City, has been a busy boy. He married wife Moriah in August and began the church-planting adventure by moving to Galveston in mid-October. While unpacking and adjusting to his new seaside residence, he has been recruiting leaders and church members through launch team meetings and a Facebook launch party for the new cutting edge church Central UMC. "We are building our launch team with hopes of getting a critical mass to begin having services in February," shares Michael. "I am most excited about the whole idea of being a church for the unchurched because there is a high population of people who are not involved with a church on Galveston Island. That means we are spending most of our time meeting University of Texas Medical Branch students, neighbors and homeless folks to start that process of building relationships. It's been the best -- and hardest thing I have ever done, but relationship building takes time." Michael is using creative ways to get the word out about Central UMC: Church. Different. This fall the church is hosting a Facebook launch party with games and prizes to excite participants about posting news and hashtags that their friends might find intriguing enough to come check out the church.