Partnering with the Bishops
In Greater New Haven, Connecticut
Gospel-centered church attendance in New Haven County
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 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 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 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 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 church that through organic relationships and mercy expresses the reality of Christ’s presence and cares for each other’s physical and spiritual needs.
- 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:
|Source||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Total|
|MA Capital Funds||$25,000||$50,000||$40,000||$25,000||$140,000|
That works out to approximately $110,000 a year for four years, or about $9,200 a month.
That might look like:
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was started by Christ Presbyterian Church in
New Haven to plant 10 churches in Connecticut
and 10 across the globe in 10 years.
Our church will be the sixth local plant; 10 global plants are already in progress! Anabaino is Greek for “I ascend”: we take our name from it because as Christ is now ascended in heaven, we the Church are his hands and feet in the world!
Mission to North America
Presbyterian Church in America
We are an approved affiliate of the PCA’s MNA Church Planting division
Online GivingGive Online
Select either “Create Account” or “Make a One-Time Donation” (you can choose recurring or one-time later) then choose “Bishop, Curran – Greater New Haven, CT” from the scroll-down menu.
Giving by Mail
Please make checks out to:
Mission to North America
PO Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233
Leave the memo line blank and Include a note with your check or money order stating that the gift is for Curran Bishop and the Greater New Haven Church Plant