Partnering with the Bishops

Church Planting

In Greater New Haven, Connecticut

Gospel-centered church attendance in New England is among the lowest in the country.

1.9

Gospel-centered church attendance in New Haven County

25

Gospel-Centered church attendance across the nation

Abby describes Curran as a “New Englander at heart.”

Curran was raised in the Deep South by native New Englanders, Abby was raised in Portugal by native Floridians. God has called us to take our four Midwestern children (Ellie, 7; Hudson, 5; twins Jack and Pete, 3) to Connecticut to plant a church!

We are graduates of Covenant College where we met, Curran served as a youth minister in North Carolina while Abby completed an MA in education, then Curran attended Covenant Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis where he is a PhD candidate in historical theology. He served as an elder before becoming a solo pastor of a PCA church in Carbondale, IL. Abby taught Special Ed in the public schools for five years and in a Charlotte Mason school for two years. Since becoming a full-time mom she has used her education background to connect with parents and children throughout the community. We were approved for this work by Mission to North America, having attended the Church Planter Assessment Center in the summer of 2016.

Consistently ranked as the most secular, post-Christian region of the country, New England has a troubled religious history.

The Unitarian-Congregationalist debates in the early 1800s led the great-great-great-great-grandparents of many New Englanders today to walk away from the Church because they perceived it had nothing meaningful to say.

Our parent church–Christ Presbyterian Church of New Haven, second picture above–was the first new church construction in the city of New Haven in a century!

Greater New Haven

  • Midway between New York City and Boston
  • Houses seven colleges and universities
  • Approximately 860,000 people
  • Remarkable amount of racial and socioeconomic diversity, significant immigrant populations
  • Internationally renowned for its cultural institutions
  • 1 gospel-centered church for every 8,000 people in New Haven County
  • A recent Barna study ranked New Haven as the 5th most post-Christian city in the country

Our Vision: A “Total Christ” Church

The 5th-century church father Augustine articulated a vision of Jesus’ Church that we want to emulate:

A Gospel Church

A church that understands the centrality of the gospel to all of life. As Tim Keller has written, the gospel is “not just the A-B-C’s but the A to Z of Christianity!” We live before God and each other on the basis of Christ’s work for us, not our own abilities, past, character or accomplishments.

A Missional-Presence Church

A church that lives out the reality that Christ’s presence in heaven is distinct, but never separate, from Christ’s local presence on earth, mediated by the Holy Spirit and fleshed out in the body of His Church. The Church does the gospel in the midst of the world as Christ’s presence in the world.

A Confessional Church

A church that courageously and lovingly teaches the doctrines found in Scripture, whose identity is built on the reality of God’s self-revelation in His Word.

A Sacramental Church

A church that takes seriously the reality that Christ is really present by His Word, sacraments, prayer, and in the body of His people. When we worship together we are experiencing Christ!

A Communal Church

A church that through organic relationships and mercy expresses the reality of Christ’s presence and cares for each other’s physical and spiritual needs.

New England Christian Stats

Pre-launch: 2017

  • Relocate to Greater New Haven
  • Serve Christ Presbyterian Church, New Haven
  • Invest in getting to know our community.

Year 1: 2018

  • Connect with our neighbors and community and regularly host them in our home.
  • Begin weekly core team meetings
  • Start evangelistic Bible studies; Pray!

Year 2: 2019

  • Host public events
  • Begin leadership development
  • Begin weekly worship in public location

Year 3: 2020

  • Welcome second ministry partner
  • Begin identifying / training elders
  • Organize mercy ministry team

Year 4: 2021

  • Install first elders
  • Begin planning for future church plant
  • Continue focusing on reaching our community

How You Can Help!

To accomplish what we believe God has called us to we need to raise approximately $440,000; the support portion needed to fund the operations of a new church for its first 4 years. Here’s how that breaks down:

SourceYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Total
MA Capital Funds$25,000$50,000$40,000$25,000$140,000
Projected Offering$0$20,000$95,000$140,000$255,000
Support Needed$88,600$117,000$124,000$109,000$438,600
Total Need$113,600$187,000$259,000$274,000$833,600

That works out to approximately $110,000 a year for four years, or about $9,200 a month.
That might look like:

Church Partners

  • $1000 per month from 1
  • $750 per month from 1
  • $500 per month from 1
  • $200 per month from 2
  • $100 per month from 2

Individual Partners

  • $1000 per month from 1
  • $500 per month from 2
  • $200 per month from 5
  • $100 per month from 10
  • $50 per month from 10
  • $25 per month from 10
105
(all overage applied
to future need)

$113,600

Year 1 Goal

$119,055

Amount Raised

Matching Donation:

30,000!
Matching Giving
63

$578,600

Total Goal

$367,315

Amount Raised

0!
Individual giving still to raise toward 1st year goal
30,000
Matching Goal