It’s a question that many of us ask at one time or another.
Church planting is one of the very best ways of spreading the Gospel and seeing God’s kingdom grow, and so it makes sense that as we are looking at what God might want for us in our lives, we consider church planting.
The question of calling is a funny one. It’s a word that means different things to different people (we look in a bit more detail how the Bible uses the word in this post). Suffice to say that we have all been called to the Mission of God, and so the church planting question should be a live one for us all. In this article we will be exploring a few questions that you can ask to help you discover whether planting a church is the right thing for you to do.
The Relational Mission business link day will provide an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and those in business to gather, network together and be connected to the Kingdom mission of Relational Mission.
The wealth of experience, creativity and insight we have in our churches amongst our workplace and business leaders is amazing. We are trusting God that by gathering together we will not only create valuable relationships and great business opportunities, but will inspire a vision for what we can do together, to serve and support those pioneering and church planting across the nations through business creation and entrepreneurship.
So if you are an entrepreneur, a business leader or manager we would love for you to join us!
High up on a hill outside Alcalá de Henares, once home to Cervantes – author of Don Quijote, with stunning views across the Sierra mountain ranges and back to Madrid, sits the retreat centre that hosted El Encuentro, our annual time away.
The purpose of the weekend was spending time together, deepening relationships, enjoying God and having space to really hear Him clearly, away from the buzz and rush of the city that we love and live in day to day. The weather was good too, so there were opportunities to explore and savour the views.
At our last ENOUGH evening we introduced and prayed into a prophetic word we had regarding the Hanseatic League.
As a family God has directed us to a number of mission fields. One of these is Europe, stretching from the UK across mainland Europe and up in the Scandinavian nations. God has spoken to us recently about how he wants us to develop our strategies for more churches in this region.
My name is Angela Vaine, I’ve been married to Geoff for 33 years, we have 3 grown up sons and an ever growing family. Geoff and I have lived in delightful Bridport for nearly 5 years. We are part of the Leadership Team at Beacon Church Bridport and we were asked if we’d like to attend the 2 year Foundations Future Leadership Course in 2013-2014. At the time of applying only one place was available and it was decided that I should attend then. Geoff is currently studying on this year’s Foundations Course in Bournemouth.
Mark Landreth-Smith is currently planting Bridge Church in Newbury, West Berkshire. He is ably assissted by his wife Beverley and daughter Phoebe. Before that, Mark was involved in planting churches in Chertsey, Farnham and Cambeley in the UK.
In this diary, Mark recorded some of the significant highs and lows of the year of planting the Bridge Church.
The answer, of course, is yes – calling is a thing.
(Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that calling is several things.)
In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about calling, and it isn’t always talking about exactly the same thing. When we speak of being ‘called to plant a church’, it is important to know the different types of calling the Bible refers to and exactly what each of them is all about in order to know what to do with any callings that we may or may not have.
Guy and I have just returned from our annual visit to Portugal. The sun doesn’t always shine there there but this time we were greeted by blue skies from our landing to the return flight. The roses were out and the orange trees flowering, the sweet scent as enticing as the actual fruit which you can also pick, eat and enjoy.
We were collected from the airport by Andrew and Lucy and taken to their home in Porto where we spent time with their three delightful boys and caught up with news about the church and its steady growth. New converts bring the challenge of discipleship and they have spent much time doing this over the last few months.
In September of last year, Abi and John Flavell began gathering people to plant River City Church in Hull, and the church launched its first public meetings in February this year. In this Broadcast we interview John and Abi about their experiences in their first year of church planting.