Pine Shores has begun a New Worshipping Community (NWC) focusing on young adults and families with young children. Though this will be the focus of the NWC, be assured that it is not limited to a particular age group or family configuration. The NWC at Pine Shores is open and inclusive to all who want to engage and embody fruitfulness in our changing culture. The hope is to fill an identified need for alternative worship opportunities for those whom Sunday morning services perhaps don’t fit into their schedule.

The Rev. Melanie Kim-Hamill is responsible for the NWC. Melanie served as Chaplain at Ringling, which also serves New College and USF Sarasota. As a mother of a 1 year old daughter, JoJo, she and her spouse Jeff know the importance of creating a faith community where people can deeply connect with others, experience God’s presence, serve the community and recognize the gifts and blessings that occur daily.

NWC meetings begin on Saturday, October 5th at 3:45 p.m. at Melanie’s home. Please email Melanie at melanie@pineshorespres.org or call/text: 763-443-4668 for more information.

So what is a New Worship Community?

It’s New because…

It takes on varied forms of church for our changing culture. Living out the Gospel demands ministry which engages today’s cultures (John 1:14). New ways of Christians joining together for contextual ministry will use current and historic ways of “being church” as springboards for creative innovation (Matt 9:17).

It seeks to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ. NWCs witness in word and deed (1 John 3:18), continuing Jesus’ own mission of discipling, feeding, teaching, healing, welcoming, crossing boundaries, and proclaiming God’s coming realm. Those with new and renewed faith join the Spirit’s transforming work in the world.

It Worships because…

The Spirit gathers people to meet Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament. NWCs seeks to hear, come to believe, and are equipped to live the promises of God revealed in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. NWCs welcome new members of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27) through Baptism and are nourished by Christ’s spiritual presence in the Lord’s Supper.

Sent by the Spirit to join God’s mission for the transformation of the world The Spirit impels participants outward, so that worshipers participate in the redemption of the world in Christ (Col 1:20). Therefore, the primary beneficiaries of the NWC are not its own members, but rather its community and world.

It is Community because…

Mutual care and accountability is embodied. NWCs commit themselves to love one another (John 13:34) in relationships of mutual care and accountability, as faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Entrusting themselves and the church to the Holy Spirit, they seek to grow to maturity in faith and life.

It plans for and develops sustainability in leadership and finances as distinct yet connected expressions of the body of Christ. NWCs have local leadership arising from their own community of faith (Exodus 18:21). Pastoral leadership, facilities, and programs are all appropriately structured in order to demonstrate good and faithful stewardship.

Here is more information about NWCs

  • Participants in new worshiping communities are being led in their faith development. 91% of new worshiping community participants engage in their community.
  • New worshiping community gather are smaller than PC(USA) congregations. The median size of a new worshiping community is 30, and the median size of a congregation is 82. Although new worshiping communities are smaller than congregations, they have a 30% higher percent attendance.
  • New worshiping communities participate in the sacraments.
  • New worshiping communities are doing new things and doing old things in new ways. 42% of leaders describe their worshiping community as nontraditional.
  • New worshiping communities serve people in various stages of their Christian formation. 78% of NWC participants were not attending a PC(USA) congregation before participating in a worshiping community.
  • New worshiping communities are being Jesus out in the world. 63% of new worshiping communities report having either a missional, outreach, or justice ministry focus.
  • New worshiping communities are not operating without help. They derive support from partner congregations, their presbytery, and community organizations. 75% of new worshiping communities report having at least one partner congregation.
  • New worshiping communities are intentionally sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. 97% of new worshiping communities engage in some form of evangelism.