A Program for Church Growth

Our Classis recently established a program on church growth. It is particularly interesting for congregations that are too small to create their own Church Growth Committee. If they have a pastor and two volunteers, they can receive from Classis a few more volunteers and staff-support in the person of Carrie Dirks, who is the executive director of Churches Improving Communities, the community development corporation of our Classis.

So this is wonderful, volunteers and a staff person from Classis for a growth program in the local church. And it comes even better: First Reformed Church was recently chosen to be the focus church in this program for the next 12 months! It means that we are currently not only enjoying a new sanctuary, but that we have real hope to welcome new members in our midst.

But there is a problem: Even though the number of participants from our side is really small, we have not been able to meet it. So far, Ben Berman and I are the only participants. We would need at least one more person, better two, in order to work efficiently with the folks from Classis.

So, if you have it in your heart to join these efforts, please talk to me (732.545.1005). The work begins with meeting with our local growth committee and also with the supervising Classis committee. Together, we will first analyze our context and develop a theological rationale for inviting others. And then we will go about planning a growth campaign with various events – all designed to encourage others to become part of our worshipping community.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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