Encouraging stories are coming through every day of how churches are loving and serving their communities during the ongoing crisis. In this blog, Andy Johnston from King’s Community Church shares how they are using what they have to make a difference:
Christian leaders all across the world are facing two unprecedented problems as I write this blog. But the great missionary James Fraser faced those exact two problems before us, and we can learn a lot from how he responded. Maybe we will even look back on these days and thank God for the Western Church’s great Corona Virus Experiment.
What are you supposed to do when you find yourself in a new city, in a new nation, planting a new church, and things don’t seem to be going to plan? In this blog article, Nathan Adams shares the story of his experience in Munich – how success looks different, how simplicity builds community, and how living for the Kingdom rather than the dream changes everything.
Open Door Church Sunbury has opened Commission’s first 2nd-language congregation. Encounter Worship Centre is led by Paul Piang (known as ‘Piang’) and his wife Khawm Hui and they meet every Sunday afternoon at the Open Door Church Centre to worship, teach and fellowship together in Burmese.
Iain & Lyndsay Kennedy planted Glasgow Grace Church in late 2018, with their first public meetings launching in January 2019. Now one year in, Iain shares some perspectives with us after their first year of ministry to their fellow Glaswegians.
David and Karen Lavery are heading up the team planting a new church into Wakefield, in the north of England. Wakefield is a historic city of approximately one hundred thousand people, but the wider borough, which incorporates towns such as Pontefract and Castleford, makes it one of the UK’s larger cities with a population of over three hundred thousand. It is a fast growing city and has a large scale house-building project underway. In this blog, they share some of their experiences over the last few months, how God’s been speaking, and how things have moved forward:
Church planting is in our DNA and is something that becomes a wonderful and fulfilling way to outwork God’s call on our life. Abi and I were married in 2002 and we chose to be a part of Oasis Church in Birmingham, a church plant from Bedford. This was our first experience of what it meant to be involved in the process of church planting. It was inspiring to hear the amazing steps of faith and testimony that David Stroud and others took as they left Bedford to set up their new home in Birmingham.
GodFirst Church Barry, a young plant into the Welsh town of the same name, officially partnered with Advance at the recent UK Conference. Rhys and Rachel Gronow give us an introduction to their fellowship and the journey to partnership with Advance.
The Great Commission, to take the Gospel to every neighborhood and nation, is given to every generation. It has to be, because every generation needs to be freshly evangelized and discipled. The timeless New Testament strategy for this is church planting. We need to be convinced of this.
We also need to be sobered, because planting churches is hard. Planting healthy churches is even harder. Repeating the process on a regular basis is harder still. It is hard to birth a new church without the “mother” church taking major strain. It is hard to plant churches that are more about reproduction than merely repositioning believers from an existing church into a new one.