The Central District is growing quickly for two primary reasons. First, we are passionate about planting new churches. Secondly, our fellowship of churches and pastors has become very attractive to congregations seeking an association of churches that are committed to the centrality of the Word of God, with an emphasis on the essentials and charity in areas upon which Bible-believing Christians have never fully agreed.
We are looking for people who are excited about the opportunity to be involved in the start of a new church. You may be a lay person living in a community where there is no strong evangelical witness and you sense the possible call of God to be part of a new plant. Some of our most successful church plants have started with a core of committed laity, who then later call their first pastor. Alternately, you may be a pastor with a heart for church planting and desire the support of a seasoned coach. Regardless of your role, we encourage you to take the first step by contacting one of our church planting missionaries. You’ll find additional guidance in our church planting resources.
An Existing Church
You may be an independent church that has come to recognize that being alone is not always the best way to have a healthy ministry. Pastors often want and need the benefit of solid friendships in ministry that only come with a denomination. Churches often recognize that to attract the pastor they want, they need the assistance of a denominational representative like a district superintendent. A number of other churches are seeking a strong biblical home because the denomination they have historically belonged to has departed from its roots.
Many churches have joined the Central District EFCA for these and other reasons and have found a home in which to grow. If you’re an existing church considering joining us, we encourage you to make your first contact with Calvin Swan, our Superintendent. He will be glad to have a confidential initial discussion with you about starting a process of affiliation that will be of benefit to both your local church and the Central District EFCA.