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New Charge Developments – where are they now?

Back in the early days of the millennium the Church of Scotland established the concept of ‘New Charge Development’ churches. Thomas Baldwin considers their journey – and successes.

SUNDAY May 7 was a milestone in the story of the New Charge Developments (NCDs), the term for new, explicitly missional church planting which the Church of Scotland introduced in the year 2000.

That day marked the celebration of Dunfermline East Church of its elevation to full status. In less than 15 years the church has established itself in a smart new building, incorporating a soft play area and café, which is so heavily used they already have plans to expand.

The minister since 2010 is the Rev Andrew Morrice, who told the Church of Scotland website: “We don’t aim to attract new members as such. We find that the current generation is reluctant to commit to membership in the way in which perhaps older generations do.

“We are just seeking to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ ourselves, taking our relationship with Him seriously in our lives and taking every opportunity to share our faith with friends, family and neighbours. We see a number of people coming to real faith through coming along, perhaps through friends, to church or to groups within the church and then to church or to Alpha or Christianity Explored courses.”

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In this month's issue: A LIVING CHURCH - Why reform is needed in the Church of Scotland SCOTLAND’S REFORMATION - St Andrews and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation NEW CHARGE DEVELOPMENTS - Where are they now?
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