I spent the first part of this week in Denver at the United Reformed Church planting conference--a voluntary and ad hoc gathering devoted to planting new URCNA churches. I'm chatting with Dr. Brian Lee (who used to attend Christ Reformed in Anaheim, before he started Christ Reformed in Washington DC), and Rev. Danny Hyde, of the Oceanside URC.
The URCNA is young -- a mere 15 years old. We are not terribly experienced, nor well-organized when it comes to church planting. The conference was designed to develop ways to remedy that.
We know that planting confessional Reformed churches with our particular distinctives is a tough thing in North America. But we also trust in God's grace and power to call his people to faith, and to form new churches.
So far in our short history we've planted fifteen new churches which have organized, and we have thirteen more which are in various stages of development (South Orange County, CA, Brea, CA, Ventura, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Washington, DC, Kauai, HI, Chicago Heights, IL [spanish], Grand Rapids, MI, Missoula, MT, New York , NY, Scarborough, ON, Toronto, ON, and Sioux Falls, SD).
If you know of anyone who lives in these areas, please send them our way!
It was great to see so many of our pastors, church-planters, and elders present--more than sixty of us! Looks like we'll do it again next year.