Author Archives: Emily Reece

About Emily Reece

Originally from Indiana, Emily Reece joined the New Church Starts staff from United Methodist Communications, where she served as Director of Program and Training for the denomination’s “Open hearts” advertising and welcoming ministry. During her tenure there, Emily authored several resources for local churches to implement marketing and hospitality ministries, including Beyond 30 Seconds: Developing a Welcoming Congregation. A veteran of two new church launch teams, Emily brings the perspective of a lay staff person to her role, particularly as developer of the Lay Missionary Planting Network curriculum for Path 1. Prior to her several years of ministry at the denominational level, Emily served in lay ministry coordination for congregations in Illinois and Indiana and worked in a variety of corporate and non-profit organizations before beginning her ministry career.

On the Road Again

by Emily Reece, Path1 New Church Strategist Last week’s Path 1 e-newsletter publically welcomed Doug Ruffle to the Path 1 staff. Over the past few months, Doug has taken on many of the tasks I used to do for the … Continue reading

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Connectional Accountability: A Best Practice for Planting

by Emily Reece, Path 1 New Church Strategist “They want to start a new church in Mt. Juliet. There’s a meeting this Sunday and you need to be there.” My involvement with Providence UMC began with this invitation from a … Continue reading

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Are we Measuring the Right Things?

by Emily Reece, Path1 New Church Strategist As I continue to reflect on my experiences at the Exponential 2011 conference and in recent denominational meetings, I return, time and again, to the question, “Are we measuring the right things?”

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Thankful to be a Female Leader in The United Methodist Church

by Emily Reece, Path1 New Church Strategist Having recently returned from the Exponential 2011 conference, I have much to ponder. This will be my first blog related to that event, but there will be others, as I process my thoughts and … Continue reading

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A New Perspective on March Madness

by Emily Reece, Path 1 New Church Strategist As someone who grew up in Muncie, Indiana, I have a fondness for basketball that goes back many years. For me, it all started when Mom and Dad took the family to the state high … Continue reading

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Introducing Regine Jean-Baptiste

By Emily Reece, Path 1 New Church Strategist A few weeks ago, a young woman called Path 1 with questions about how church planting helps fulfill the mission of The United Methodist Church. Shortly thereafter, the Rev. Candace Lewis and … Continue reading

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Season of Worshiping

The latest Path 1 e-newsletter concerns Worshiping, one of seven key seasons in the life of a new church start.

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