Our vision is to see vital, growing historic churches in every New England town, reaching their communities for Christ. Our focus is on both a healthy pastor and a healthy church.
Hope for the Historic New England Church
Most historic New England churches have been declining for decades. In many cases, the roots of decline stem back to previous church leadership turning from the historic Gospel message and replacing the outward mission of the church with an inward survival mentality. As a result, these once-thriving churches have dwindling congregations that no longer focus on reaching their communities for Christ.
Overseed believes the positive way forward begins with prayer and continues with an intentional embracing of revitalization strategies that address this theological shift and missional drift. Since its founding in 2008, Overseed has worked with dozens of pastors and pastoral candidates seeking and serving in replant situations and has seen many churches become renewed.
What Overseed Does
Overseed recruits pastors who are committed to the Gospel message and replanting it in historic churches. Working with denominational leaders, we help place these pastors in a church for renewal and coach them in the practical dynamics of church ministry in this unique revitalization context. Once placed, “replant” pastors receive ongoing training, mentoring, and support by Overseed. This ensures the stable, long-term pastoral leadership that is critical to a genuine renewal.
Hub Church Network
Overseed partners with larger, regional churches (we call them “Hub churches”) to provide renewal coaching and other revitalization resources. Hub churches then develop regional networks of churches located in geographic proximity, serving similar communities and cultures, and under the guidance of experienced Hub pastors.
Given the opportunity, Overseed will engage with congregations in decline about the possibility of pursuing a path of revitalization. If the church is willing, Overseed helps the congregation connect with a replant pastoral candidate committed to the historic Gospel and coached in revitalization and continues support of the new pastor and the congregation as appropriate.
To go deeper and learn more about Overseed, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.