This announcement was shared across our parishes on April 24, 2017.
After much deliberation and prayer, Trinity Grace has decided to reorganize into eleven distinct churches. Since its inception, Trinity Grace Church has functioned differently than other multi-site churches with a highly empowered leadership model. To date, each parish has functioned as its own church in many ways. As each new parish has joined Trinity Grace, operational and organizational complexity has increased. Recently, the parish churches have wrestled to relate as one larger church, while also propagating unique visions for their neighborhoods and parishioners.
In the midst of these discussions, Jon Tyson has decided to step down from his central leadership role and focus on his ministry in Midtown and the Eastside. Organizational difficulties coupled with this leadership shift have confirmed it is time to formalize the parishes as independent entities.
We believe this reorganization will empower each parish and result in continued missional fruit and effectiveness. The parishes are collectively committed to pursuing ways to partner and express unity as the church across the city. We will continue to collaborate and partner together as each parish pursues renewal according to its vision and unique gifts.
It has truly been an amazing journey as Trinity Grace Church over the last eleven years. What began as a home Bible study in an apartment on the Upper West Side has grown to eleven parish churches joining God in his work all across the city. It has been a privilege to see how God has blessed us and has moved among us. We are thrilled with the legacy of Trinity Grace Church and we are excited and expectant for what God will do in the coming years through these churches.
For those of us who have been a part of this story for a number of years, there will be some grief as we transition from such a beautiful season. Change is difficult but it also creates the conditions for new life to emerge. God is at work and is building his church in this city. There are great days ahead and we want to encourage you to lean in during this transition period. Join us in prayer that God would continue to guide and bless each parish as we make plans for the future.
If you have questions, please direct them to your parish pastors and local leaders.
Sincerely in Christ,