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Church Plant Meets in Basketball Hall of Fame

by Office of Alumni | September 07, 2011
Ever since they were a young couple at VFCC, Mike '04 and Kristin (Davis) '05 Sorcinelli talked about planting a church together someday. After graduation, God led them to serve as the Pastors of Student Ministries in Cumberland, Md. But four years later, they found themselves not being able to shake the feeling that they were supposed to plant a church, even though it was earlier than they had anticipated.
Ever since they were a young couple at VFCC, Mike '04 and Kristin (Davis) '05 Sorcinelli talked about planting a church together someday. After graduation, God led them to serve as the Pastors of Student Ministries in Cumberland, Md. But four years later, they found themselves not being able to shake the feeling that they were supposed to plant a church, even though it was earlier than they had anticipated. So they packed their bags and their two children, Allyson and Lincoln, and moved back to Mike's hometown of West Springfield, Mass. Church Plant Meets in Basketball Hall of Fame

He didn't realize it at the time, but God had been putting mentors in Mike's life for years. The amazing part was that they were all church planters. As he began his own church planting process, he depended on the expertise and wisdom of Dr. Daniel McNaughton and Dr. Ron Hall, both church planters. He also joined a church planting coaching network with Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas (churchleaderinsights.com) for practical help on how to start a church. 

Mike and Kristin named their church New Day Church and began meeting on March 21, 2008, at the Longmeadow Community House in Longmeadow, Mass. In January 2009, they moved to a hotel in Connecticut. The hotel soon came under new owners who made it clear that they didn't want New Day Church there, so Mike began looking for another location. 

It was around that time that one of the new believers in Mike's church suggested that they try to meet in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Mike had already approached the Basketball Hall of Fame when New Day first started, but the price was four times what they were able to pay. Mike thought, "He doesn't know that the Hall of Fame is impossible for New Day. But I'll be a good pastor by stopping by and encouraging his enthusiasm." Mike had no faith whatsoever to believe God for that facility, but through a series of miracles, New Day Church moved into the Basketball Hall of Fame for thousands of dollars less than they expected to pay. 

The church has seen even more miracles since then. People who are totally unchurched have found a home at New Day. Mike's best friend and next-door neighbor growing up began attending two years ago, and another friend from high school was recently saved through conversations with Mike. New Day is filled with many stories of people who came "just to try it out." 

New Day Church currently has two services and plans to add a third in the fall. 

To learn more about New Day Church, visit their website.