Vision New England is an Association network of more than 1000 ministries that believe God will transform New England with the love of Jesus when we connect with each other and work together. To that end, we partner with ministry leaders in communities to host events where believers share, learn and collaborate to address their local issues to enable our churches and communities to accelerate evangelism and THRIVE.

PO Box 657, Stratham, NH 03857

617.629.6225

www.VisionNewEngland.org

A partnership Between Vision New England AND Churches in Your Community

AT  A THRIVE CONFERENCE YOU WILL ...

  • Gather and worship with Christians from churches across your area.

  • Be inspired by keynote speakers with a shared vision of what God could do in our churches and in our communities.

  • Hear from experts, leaders, and practitioners in specific areas of ministry and community service that you are passionate about.

  • Meet together to brainstorm new and effective ways to grow, bless our communities, and reflect the love and message of Christ in our churches and across this region.

HISTORY OF THRIVE

THRIVE got its start on Cape Cod after being born in the hearts and prayers of pastors and believers across Cape Cod. THRIVE Cape Cod is co-led by Pastor Ben Feldott (Cape Cod Church), Pastor Doug Scalise (Pastor, Brewster Baptist Church), Charles Galda (Vision New England), and its genesis came in conversations with Clive Calver, former President of the Evangelical Alliance of the UK and of World Relief. While leading the Evangelical Alliance, Clive was at the forefront of the widespread renewal of the Church across England that came in part through the Spring Harvest initiative, an ongoing series of yearly gatherings of England's evangelical Christians. Together, listening to what God did across the ocean, we began to dream about what might be possible on Cape Cod if the Church met, collaborated, and worked together.

The THRIVE Cape Cod Conference launched in 2017 and has since become an annual event, gathering people from Cape Cod's evangelical churches seeking to be inspired and encouraged - through worship, messages, conversations and collaboration - to support the work of God in our churches and in our local communities.

We learned there is a desire and need for believers to gather and encourage each other, and focus on the issues that affect our churches and communities with a desire for action to cause both to THRIVE. And we've been amazed at the "organic outcomes" from THRIVE that include people plugging into existing ministries and community efforts, and starting new ministries to serve those in need. 

We are working together with pastors across New England to bring THRIVE to more and more communities to see similar outcomes that affect how we make disciples, do justice, love mercy and walk humbly.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

THRIVE is a collaboration of evangelical churches that we are called by God to love Him and love our neighbor.

As individuals, we are your neighbors, co-workers and coffee-shop acquaintances who share your struggles with life's challenges and who strive to think less about ourselves and more about serving the needs of others - as Christ called us to do.

 

We believe that by working together our churches can accomplish far more than we can on our own.

 

WHAT IS AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN?

Very simply, evangelicals submit to the authority of the Bible and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

 

The term “evangelical” comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning “the good news” or the “gospel.” Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation available to all through Jesus Christ.

 

Evangelicals are a vibrant and diverse group, including followers of Jesus found in many churches, denominations and nations.

 

Our core convictions provide unity amid our diversity and include the following distinctive identified by historian David Bebbington:

Conversionism

the belief that our lives need to be transformed through a “born-again” experience and a lifelong process of following - and becoming more like - Jesus.

Activism

​the expression and demonstration of the gospel in missionary and social reform efforts.

Biblicism

a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority. 

Crucicentrism

an emphasis on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity.

These distinctives convictions define us — not political, social or cultural trends. In fact, many evangelicals rarely use the term “evangelical” to describe themselves, focusing simply on the core convictions of the triune nature of God, the Bible, faith, Jesus, salvation, evangelism and discipleship.