Planting new churches, where the UMC does not have a presence in Eurasia area.
Describe the need affecting community
At the present time there are about one hundred UMC congregations in Eurasia. The area has over 200 million people most of whom are unchurched. This project will help to plant new churches and send Eurasian mission teams within the area. There is great spiritual hunger in the society and people constantly look for the foundation in their lives.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
Training will be provided to do church planting as well as the coordination of laity who will be in mission to aid these efforts. This project will enable basic support such as renting a place for meetings, funding basic ministry, outreach, as well as providing for for a pastor’s support, if necessary.
Describe the primary goal of the project
The primary goal of this project is to plant 100 new congregations during 2016-2022 in Eurasia. Also, the goal is that Eurasia churches train and send up to 10 mission teams annually to serve in other Eurasian UMCs.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
Schools, local communities and groups will experience Christian love and leadership which is different to what they are used to in the secular setting. There will be more interest and desire to follow Christ. Also, the United Methodist Church will have more recognition in the community as a church who does much good and impacts a community.