Thriving Congregations
in New England





A collaboration of partners representing a multi-ethnic mixture
of urban, rural, and suburban congregations

Through a $1,000,000 Lily Endowment grant, Thriving Congregations in New England—CUME supports a mixture of multi-ethnic New England churches in urban, suburban, and rural settings that are under-resourced or underdeveloped. In partnership with the Black Ministerial Alliance/TenPoint Boston, the Fellowship of Hispanic Pastors of New England (COPAHNI), and Vision New England, the program helps churches realign their ministries with their mission, adapt to a changing context, and review historic Christian practices. Findings from the project will also be used to create a fresh paradigm for how Gordon-Conwell serves the Church in the decade to come.

Launching the
First Cohort

Launch Day in November 2021 brought together senior pastors, leaders, and staff from 9 participating churches across New England.

This first cohort will walk alongside each other for the next 3 years and meet for a cohort training day quarterly.

Boston Campus

MIES (Ministerio Internacional Evangelio de Salvacion)

Ministerios la Trinidad

Curtis Lake Christian Church

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

Lively Stones

Faith Christian

First Haitian Baptist Church

Iglesia Cristiana De Nueva Vida

Thriving Congregations Resources

News & Program Summary

Participant Resources 

Vision & Mission

Cohort Overview

“Our first hope is to see Black and Brown urban churches equipped to more effectively serve their communities and the second is to create an interdependent, multiethnic network of churches.”

– Dr. Virginia Ward, CUME Dean & Thriving Congregations in New England—CUME Program Leader


Interested in
Learning More?

Our Thriving Congregations team would love to connect with you about any questions you may have.

Applications for the second cohort will open on ____. If you are interested in joining with your church, please apply using the form below. 

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