New Day Alaska is the name we are giving to a new missional community in Anchorage. We are six lay and clergy, UM's and ELCA at the moment, who comprise the lead team. This is a fruit of the Academy for Missional Wisdom I experienced for two years. Now is the time to implement what we are learning about how to create new places for new people at the edge.
On Friday, Oct. 25 we will welcome Rev. Kirimi Ikiugu, a Methodist pastor from Kenya. For the next year he will help us assess the need, network, and begin a new faith community somewhere in Anchorage. This is a grassroots effort. We are receiving no institutional funds from any denomination. But it is ecumenical and we are close to naming four anchor churches from the UMC, ELCA, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches.
I invite you to pray for us as we launch this new initiative. We have already seen how God is blessing us with offers of help and funding. We anticipate some bumps along the way, but we are convinced this is a God-inspired movement. It is already spreading around the country as the Christian Church tries to retool itself to present a meaningful model of faith to a world in need.
Thanks be to God!