New Faith Communities

Launching New Faith Communities Happens Organically

Any organism that is healthy will naturally bear fruit and reproduce. Similarly, any organization that is healthy will naturally grow, bear fruit, and reproduce. Christ’s final words in Acts 1:8 before he ascends to heaven is that we would be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. Later in Acts, we see this happen. How? Through churches raising up and sending leaders out to unreached persons sharing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Multiplication is part of God’s design for our churches. So if they are healthy, they should naturally multiply—raising up new leaders, new small groups, Fresh Expressions of church, new worship services targeting new people, new campuses, and even new churches. The Church Development team wants to help a church’s multiplication dream become a reality and is ready to help.

Get Involved

Launch a Fresh Expression

Get help launching your Fresh Expression–Messy Church, dinner church, affinity group.

Launch a new worship service

Get help launching a new worship service

New Worship Service Grant and Support Information

Micro matching grants are available to Indiana United Methodist Churches to help them launch a new online and/or in-person worship service to reach new people.

A. Criteria:

  • The church must be a United Methodist Church in Indiana
  • The new worship service has not yet started
  • The worship service is primarily targeting persons outside the church
  • The worship service will meet weekly year round

B. Amount of Grant: Up to $1,000

Plus, churches receive training and three free coaching sessions, a $600 value.

C. To apply: 

Contact Your worship planning team will be invited to view video training sessions followed by three free coaching sessions. There is a $40 cost per church for the video training. Following the three coaching sessions, the church will be eligible to apply for the grant.

D. Questions?

Contact the Church Development staff at

Is your church ready to multiply?

Get help launching your new campus, micro-church, re-launch, new church plant.


TitleMinistry categoryResource Typehf:tax:resource_types
Church PlantingChurch Health & Multiplication
Fresh Expressions GrantChurch Health & MultiplicationGrantsgrants
MultiplicationChurch Health & Multiplication
Multiplication Grant – (new congregations)Church Health & MultiplicationGrantsgrants
New Worship Service GrantsChurch Health & MultiplicationGrantsgrants
Rural Ministries GrantsChurch Health & MultiplicationGrantsgrants


Hebard, Jay

Date of Move: 7/31/2023From: Senior Pastor, Oolitic UMC and Bedford Wesley Chapel UMCDistrict:...


Church Development is a team of lay and clergy persons experienced in church health and multiplication. They are ready to serve by listening to the dreams and concerns of the local congregation and providing helpful information and resourcing.