Springfield Church Plant

NEU staff have been meeting with Springfield pastors and leaders who have a love for this city and care about its neighborhoods.

About Springfield, MA

City of Firsts, City of Needs

Springfield has nurtured innovation, being known as the city of firsts, including the first gas-powered automobile, and the birthplace of basketball. However, Springfield has struggled in recent decades to nurture sustained, gospel preaching churches in its inner city neighborhoods.

  • 48% of Springfield residents identify as Hispanic.

  • The city’s poverty rate is 25%

Four Phases

NEU’s Church Planting Process



NEU begins a church plant by identifying a location. This involves many conversations with local pastors, ministry leaders, civic leaders and looking at data.

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The preparation phase begins when a church planter has joined our staff, begins raising support, and starts his church planting residency with NEU and a partner church.

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The planting phase is marked by bringing a group of believers to a point of covenanting together as a church. This may involve months of teaching on the nature of a church, church membership, baptism, communion and church discipline. 

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This final phase begins when a church covenants together and it has no end. NEU Church Planting works to sustain the church and its leadership through fundraising, care, and recruiting.

The Story So Far

Our story of church planting in Springfield is just beginning. A church planting friend of NEU advises that “when you plant a new church in an inner city, be aware that you are disturbing the spiritual landscape.” This means that a foundation of earnest and sustained prayer is necessary.


Our Partners in Springfield, MA

Individuals, churches, and organizations are key to sustaining church plants. These organizations have partnered with NEU to help with this church plant.

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Meet the team

Our Church Planting Team

We Are Building the Team

We are working to build a team to plant this church. Our church plant teams are formed of a Church Planter Apprentice along side other missionary minded men and women who will partner to reach the lost of this neighborhood through planting a local church.

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Our Current Needs

The current needs for planting in Springfield include a church plant team and prayer supporters for the preparation phase.