Swifter, smaller, simpler

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Our church family have just been on a weekend away. We are part of a family of churches that originated out of the same plant and are seeking to reach Birmingham with the Gospel.  The church holiday brought the three congregations together. During the weekend, one of the speakers talked about our vision as a… Continue reading Swifter, smaller, simpler

Bradford, city of culture 2025, needs church planting

Yesterday, my home city, Bradford one the contest to be the UK city of culture 2025. The City of Culture designation is given to an area every 4 years and lasts for the year.  The place hosts cultural events and receives significant investment. I’ve written before about Bradford’s bid and about both what the city… Continue reading Bradford, city of culture 2025, needs church planting

It couldn’t be me

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I’ve written and spoken quite a bit about the need for people to come and help get churches planted on our estates and in our inner cities. I’ve also talked about the possibility of people starting to do this whilst benefitting from training for Gospel ministry. One thing I’m mindful of is that a lot… Continue reading It couldn’t be me

Buildings, buildings, buildings  -short term and long term thinking

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There’s been a bit of a discussion over the past few days about church planting and the importance of owning your own building.  There have been two big prompts for this. First of all, the FIEC posted this article from Adrian Reynolds discussing the pros and cons of not owning your own building: Secondly, David… Continue reading Buildings, buildings, buildings  -short term and long term thinking

Planter speed up – the core team isn’t coming

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Dan Steel has written on the Acts29 site encouraging church planters to slow down and work more on building a healthy core team before they plant.  I’m loath to disagree with Dan, he’s an experienced pastor and planter who knows what he’s talking about. I also think that there is much in his article to… Continue reading Planter speed up – the core team isn’t coming

The Fragility of Church Plants

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Over the past decade, there has been a renewed interest in church planting. It’s something I write about quite a bit with a particular focus on reaching urban contexts.  Since we moved to the West Midlands, we have been linked with an initiative first known as 2020 Birmingham and now as The Birmingham Collective. The… Continue reading The Fragility of Church Plants

Thinking about church planting but don’t know where or how to start?

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I recently asked a couple of questions on twitter about church planting. One of the questions I asked was about the kinds of barriers that people experience that make it less likely for them to consider getting involved in church planting. Now, for a lot of people, it’s simply that they have no sense of… Continue reading Thinking about church planting but don’t know where or how to start?

When is the right time to plant a new church?

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This is one of the big questions for churches and individuals looking at church planting.  Usually answers given will talk in terms of the pre-requisite health requirements of the existing church. Is it numerically strong enough to send people out? Does it have enough people covering existing ministries? Is its leadership team robust and healthy… Continue reading When is the right time to plant a new church?

Some problems with Tim Keller’s comments about passing on a megachurch

Tim Keller has recently made comments on social media about why he and the leaders of Redeemer, New York chose to split the church into different churches rather than hand it on to a single successor as one entity. These reasons have been gathered together into one article by Outreach magazine. Now, before I go… Continue reading Some problems with Tim Keller’s comments about passing on a megachurch

Church planters wanted

This is one of my occasional/regular reminders that I’m on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in urban mission/discipleship to help plant churches. I’m particularly on the look out for people who would be interested in becoming part of planting teams to reach inner city and estate contexts in the… Continue reading Church planters wanted