New Church Starts Worldwide Featured in Live, Interactive Webcast
A live, interactive webcast on April 12 will put the spotlight on United Methodist evangelism and new church development in more than a dozen countries around the world.
The broadcast will originate from the semi-annual meeting of the directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, the denomination's mission agency, meeting in
The site of Global Ministries' webcasts is gbgm-umc.org/live. The April 12 event begins at 8:45 a.m. EDT and concludes at 9.45 a.m.
400 New Congregations
The program will open with a short video clip, followed by a fast-paced "talk-show" format of onsite interviews, live electronic links to sites around the globe, and special music. It will illustrate United Methodist new congregational development in Mission Initiatives spread across Africa, Asia,
"Global Ministries is aggressively engaged in developing 400 new congregations outside the
Mission Initiatives are newly or recently launched mission outreach in areas in which United Methodist work did not previously exist or was disrupted in the past by political factors. These initiatives involve evangelism, church growth, and social ministries.
The webcast will be preceded in
The broadcast will visit Mission Initiative sites in
Other interviews will bring the Volunteers in
Attention will be drawn to the 400 Fund, through which individuals, congregations, and other church units can help support new church starts through Global Ministries.
Music and songs linked to many of the initiatives will be provided by the Global Praise department of Global Ministries, led by Jorge Lockward.
The webcast is being organized by the Global Ministries' In Mission Together Office staffed by the Rev. Patrick Friday.