NEW CHURCH & CHURCH DEVELOPMENT
The Office of New Church and Church Development oversees all church plants and churches in need of regional assistance within the Christian Church in Georgia. For New Church starts, the office (which includes the Director and the New Church and Church Development Team) walks with planters as they seek to cultivate and actualize the vision that God has given them. From conception to launch, the team walks side by side with planters, assisting with everything liturgical and administrative. In addition, the New Church start also seeks to birth innovative ministry outside of the traditional guidelines of church practice in an attempt to reach those who are not receptive to traditional church services.
On the Church Development side, the team works with congregations under the Christian Church in Georgia L.I.F.T. Initiative. As churches seek to discern a new era in their history, the Church Development team will walk alongside each church, offering insight, suggestions, and resources in the specific area requested. This process includes church visits, brainstorming sessions, and congregational meetings, all geared toward ensuring the healthy and stability for all the churches in our region.
If you are interested in church planting, or if your congregation is interested in church development through L.I.F.T., please email our Director, Min. Richard Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Director
Richard Williams serves as the current Regional Director of New Church and Church Development. A native of Brooklyn, NY and a fourth generation Disciple member, Richard brings a passion for the church as well as innovative strategies to assist all who desire to build churches in Georgia. In addition to serving as an Associate Minister at Ray of Hope Christian Church, Richard also serves regionally on the Regional Men’s Commission, and on the Leadership Initiative Team for the general church office of Disciple Home Missions. Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and Religious Studies from St. John’s University, and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Richard will be ordained in the Christian Church in October 2019.