Rev. Gary Liederbach was appointed to start a new church in the Northeast District in 2012. This new church has developed to become a network of house churches in the Madison area known as One Direction Community.
One Direction Community (ODC) realizes that Christian discipleship is not about imitating religion and church structures. Instead, it is about imitating a person — Jesus Christ. They also believe that if you start with church you do not always end up with community. However, when you start with Christian community a church will be formed and lives will be transformed.
Keeping true to this belief, their hearts were not just opened, but convicted and compelled, to doing church "new.” This basically meant returning to doing the "old" by forming simple house churches that Love God, Love Neighbor, and Make Disciples.
There are now four house churches formed and two more in preparation.
One Direction Community reaches out in mission to its community through Prayer Walking neighborhoods; ministering at Waffle Houses and laundromats,; hosting community meals, and serving at Inside-Out Ministries.
New Faith Communities, Worship Services, Ministries to reach new persons is a priority of the North Alabama Conference.
Read more about some of the Conference's new congregations at www.umcna.org/newcongregations.