Pray.

“More than we need anything else, we need the Lord’s favor. Please join us in asking for it.”

If you could prioritize all that we need in the order of importance, the top 10 would all be “prayer.” We believe that the Lord can do more with the prayers of his people, than a thousand armies can do with skill and strategy. That belief drives the way we want to do ministry. Simply put, we want to be a praying church. We believe God hears and answers the prayers of his children. And specifically, one of the common prayers that you will hear us ask of the Lord is for His favor. What we mean by that is that He might grant us favor with our neighbors, the stranger, our city, to be at peace with all men and live quiet and humble lives. And at the same time that His favor would lead to a fruitful ministry.

We would like to ask you to join us in asking God to build His church in New Bedford and for Him to cause all of the gospel work in New England to flourish. If you would commit to praying alongside of us to this end, would you fill out the form below and let us know? We will send out specific updates from time to time.

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Give.

“A new church requires a lot of resources but does not have the members to immediately meet the financial costs. This is why outside churches, businesses, and individuals have given to help new churches get established.”

We are establishing a faithful church in the city of New Bedford, MA because the opportunities for a Gospel-witness abound. We believe that the amount of work that it will take is incomparable to what a faithful church could see in this city thirty, or forty years from now. We believe that God loves the people of New Bedford and desires spiritual good for them.

However, establishing a new church obviously requires a lot of resources. From office supplies, to kids’ books in classrooms, to the heating bill…the list feels never ending. Our pastors have raised their own salaries in order to not be a financial burden to the church in its infancy years. What this means is that every dollar we now raise goes directly to our operations budget, which means everything goes to doing ministry.

We would like to ask you to consider financially partnering with us by giving on a regular basis to help Grace Harbor Church become established and exalt the Gospel in the city of New Bedford. If you have specific questions about what this would look like, please send us an email at info@graceharborchurch.net.

Come.

“There is work to be done. Why not consider joining us?”

At what hour does the candle burn brightest? The darkest hour. In recent years, there has been lots of research done on the spiritual climate of New England. And the one thing that most all reports conclude is that “New England is a missional frontier in America, with no memory of its Christian heritage.” And it is for that reason, that the light of Jesus Christ lived out by Christians living their normal life in post-Christian New England radiates like a light from a light house. It is dark here, and the light of Christ in you can make a great difference here.

We would love to extend an invitation for you to come visit and see what God is doing here in New England. We have host families that you can stay with, and we can provide you with transportation. Come and spend several days on the ground in the city and encourage those who are laboring as you consider if the Lord would have you do the same.

Specifically, there are 4 different ways we would like to invite you to join us:

Members of the Church

The biggest need any new church has, is the need for faithful, mature Christians to be committed members of the church. Now that may sound overly simplistic, but it’s not. A faithful church needs faithful members. So what is the invitation here? The invitation is to come. To strengthen the church by becoming a good member of it. To geographically relocate your life for the gospel, and to live your normal life by getting a job, buying a house, raising your family, and living your normal life… with great missional intention. In many ways this role is the backbone of our ministry.

Gospel Workers

A gospel worker is a long term position for men and women. A gospel worker will specialize in a particular area: women’s worker, children’s worker, social worker, or pastoral assistant. Gospel workers serve as part of the church staff, aiming to be positive role models, faithful friends and evangelists in the city. During that time gospel workers will also be trained for urban ministry. We provide assistance in raising the financial support needed each year, as well as training, support and care while in New England.

A Ministry Internship

The Grace Harbor Ministry Internship combines training and practice. Our teaching focuses on three main aspects: (1) Biblical Character; (2) Practice; and (3) Teaching. Year One focuses on a contextualized Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, and Historical Theology, and is taught in a loose classroom setting. Year Two is spent studying pastoral ministry, ecclesiology, and developing a vision for faithfulness and longevity and is taught in a roundtable discussion group setting.

In terms of practice, we have no specialists here. We run an “all hands on deck” ministry. What this means is that “yes, you will be doing that,” and sometimes at the same time that you are doing something else. Since what we are attempting to do is to “establish a faithful local church,” you can expect to do a fair amount of leading and serving. This is a very good opportunity to get some solid practical teaching as well as hands-on ministry experience in an urban context. It will be exceptionally challenging, but can be a very good experience. We run our Internships according to the academic schedule. All new interns will arrive in mid-August, and begin September 1.

a Short-term Intern

We have a number of short-term internships available to support our church ministry teams. Interns can serve for up to 12 months or as short as 7-9 weeks. We provide assistance in raising the finances needed as well as training, support, and care while in New England. Do you have a specialist skill set? Short term internships can be tailored to fit your areas of expertise.

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Please tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How did you become a Christian? What church are you a member of? What has led to your interest in New England, and ministry in an urban context? And anything else you want to share!
In which capacity are you thinking about coming in?