Khánh Hmoong • Flickr • bit.ly/2AIc3ZeCoaches for New Churches January 25, 2017 News Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs The Genesis Group/Advisory Group on Church Planting seeks coaches for future church-planting. “This is an exciting new moment in the life of the Episcopal Church and we are thrilled by the energy and willingness of the church to follow Jesus in new ways into our communities and neighborhoods,” said the Rev Jane Gerdsen, chairwoman of the group. “These new churches and communities will need this network of support if they are to grow and thrive.” A statement from the Genesis Group added: Learning from our ecumenical partners in the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and other denominations, we have discovered the importance of providing an assessment of potential ministry developers. The assessment is based on extensive research which assists the planter in determining the gifts she or he already possesses and those that will be needed on the team for the ministry to succeed. Then we will need a cadre of International Coaching Federation trained coaches who have experience in this work to provide ongoing support to ministry developers as they begin their work. Lay and ordained persons who have successfully started at least one new ministry in the Episcopal Church are encouraged to click here and fill out a brief application to let us know of your experience and interest in joining this network. The Episcopal Church will provide training and support to qualified persons interested in joining this network of support to nurture entrepreneurial work.