In recent years the District has sought to prioritise the planting of new congregations or the re-seeding of congregations in churches where the former congregation has ceased to worship.
There are plants in Longton (Stoke-on-Trent South) where a congregation from Potters Church in the neighbouring circuit complements the work of the Longton Central Hall congregation. Northwich (Mid-Cheshire) where Zac's House Kingdom Community has developed with resourcing from the Manchester and Stockport District. Finally in Newcastle-under-Lyme (North Staffordshire) where Castle Connect Church has come to birth, originally in the building of the former Methodist Church but currently as an itinerant congregation.
We aim to encourage creative approaches to developing new forms of church. The distinction between church plants and Fresh Expressions of church is sometimes blurred and we seek to encourage any attempt at forming a new Christian community for a particular local context.