Our 2014 Session of the Indiana Conference was a great event, and it included some very special moments. The highlight for me was the response of so many people and congregations to the invitation for "100 New Points of Light." In fact, more than 300 people representing 201 congregations came forward – so many that I worried a little about whether our stage would hold everyone!
What happens now? Those who came forward were led into a separate room where they received packets of information, including a voucher to request their $500 seed money for their new ministry efforts. Each congregation also will be assigned an adviser to help them develop their plans, and it is important for all of us to hold them in prayer. In fact that is the role of those churches who did NOT come forward – they are also invited to be involved in these New Points of Light by offering prayers and support for them.
We will also need to raise some more funds, because we have currently set aside $50,000 from the Discontinued Church fund for each of these new projects to receive $500 of seed money. That is a very appropriate use of the legacy funds from congregations which completed their ministry, but we had only anticipated needing $500 each for 100 churches – and now we need $500 for 201 churches. That is a good problem, and I am sure we will find the funds. In fact two different persons came to me and offered $1,000 each to help support these New Points of Light.
So that we can all begin praying for these congregations, here is the list of congregations who came forward and answered the call to be one of those New Points of Light. You can notice that they are churches all of sizes from all over the state of Indiana, so please hold them in prayer and encourage them to move forward:
Ames Chapel, Anderson Bethel, Argos, Atwood Otterbein, Bartlett Chapel, Batesville, Battleground, Beech Grove, Bethlehem Twelve Mile, Bloomfield Wesley Chapel/Richland Mt Zion, Bloomington Fairview, Bloomington St. Mark's, Bloomington St. Paul, Boston, Brazil Fist, Bremen , Bremen Riverside, Brimfield, Brown St/Heritage, Brownsburg, Burket, Butler Mount Pleasant, Celebration, Central Barren, Central Bethel, Chapel Hill, Charlestown First, Charlottesville, Churubusco, Claypool, Clunette, Coalbush, Columbus First, Columbus Mount Olive, Congress Street, Connersville First, Cook Memorial, Covington, Crawfordsville First, Cromwell, Danville, Dayton, Decatur First, Decatur St. Mark's, Delphi, Dunlap, Dyer, Eaton, Elkhart Calvary, Elkhart New Hope, Epworth, Evangel Heights, Evansville Aldersgate, Evansville St. James West, Evansville St. Paul's, Fairview, Fort Wayne Bethany, Fort Wayne Bethel, Fort Wayne Good Shepherd, Fort Wayne St. Joseph, Fort Wayne Taylor Chapel, Fort Wayne Trinity, Franklin Grace, Frederickburg/Hardinsburn/Mt. Carmel, Freeland/Oaktown, Gary Centennial, Gary Fifth Ave, Gary Fifth Avenue, Good Shepherd/River Park, Goshen First, Grace, Greencastle Gobin, Greentown, Greenwood Mt. Auburn, Hagerstown First, Harrodsburg, Hillsdale, Hobart First, Holland, Holland Zoar, Honey Creek, Hope, Huntington Faith Chapel, Iglesia Getsemani, Indianapolis Bethel, Indianapolis Broadway, Indianapolis Christ, Indianapolis North, Inwood/Riverside , Irvington, Jacob Finger, Jeffersonville New Chapel, Kendallville Trinity, Kent Charge, Kentland Trinity & Brook, Kokomo Zion, Laconia/Depauw, Lafayette Grace, Lafayette Heritage, LaGrange First, Lake Cicott, LaPorte Door Village, Lebanon Centenary, Lewis, Lincolnville, Linton First, Logansport First, Loogootee, Maple Hill, Marion First, Markle, Matthews Epworth, Medaryville, Meridian Street, Middlebury First, Mishawaka Albright, Monroe, Monticello, Mount Vernon First, Mt. Comfort, Muncie Center Chapel, Muncie College Avenue, Nashville, New Albany Trinity, New Castle First/The Place, New Horizons, New Middletown, New Song, Newberry , Newburgh, Nine Mile, North Manchester, North Webster, Osceola, Owensville, Paoli, Parr, Peru Main Street, Petersville, Plato, Plymouth Trinity, Remington, Richland Chapel, Richmond Central, Robinson Chapel, Rochester Trinity, Rossville, Royal Center, Rushville St. Paul's, Santa Claus, Scottsburg, Sellersburg, Servant's Heart Community, Seymour First, Sharpsville, Shelbyville Trinity, Shipshewana Scott, Simpson, Smith Valley, South Bend Broadway Christian Parish, South Bend Faith, South Bend First, South Bend Northwest, South Pleasant, Speedway, Star City, Sullivan County Cluster, Sunnycrest, Syracuse St. Andrews, Terre Haute Memorial, Terre Haute United Methodist Temple, The Lighthouse, The Movie Theater, The Promise Church, The Turning Pointe, Twelve Mile, Union Chapel, Union Chapel, Unity Chapel, Valparaiso First, Vida Nueva, Vincennes Community, Waldron, Walkerton, Walnut Creek , Wawaka, Wesley Foundation/West Lafayette First, Westfield Christ, Westville, Whiteland, Winchester First, Wolf Lake, Woodburn