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.
One big marquee, one hundred and thirty two volunteers during the week, many more people involved with the set up, fifteen churches from the city represented and much excitement in the lead up …. all working towards Church In The Park 2019.
This is the second time that Church in the Park has popped up in the middle of a Southampton Park. It is organised and run by members of Southampton Christian Network (SCN). This event started out as a Life Church event called Parklife and has gradually grown and included many churches across Southampton, increasing the opportunities to pray for the sick, share about the difference Jesus makes to life, and seeing God at work.
This series on Nehemiah by Terry Virgo was recorded at Downs 1983. The Newfrontiers conference called Downs was the forerunner to the very well known Stoneleigh Bible weeks. This series has been digitised by popular demand. For more details or to get in touch with us please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several years ago, I [Brice Fogle] heard Donnie Griggs speak at our Mobilize conference. Donnie leads One Harbor Church in Morehead City, North Carolina. Morehead City is a small, coastal town of about 9,000 people, and Donnie spoke about what it takes to have a fruitful ministry and a growing church in a small town. One of the things he talked about was the importance of being a “good local.” This statement struck me as something that could also apply to my context here in Atlanta.
Ben, can you give us an update on the Franks family? Remind us a bit about the Rhondda Valleys?
We are Ben and Lois Franks. We live in the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales, UK. We have two little boys; Evan who is three and a half and Caleb who is nearly two.
We absolutely love where we live. Our region is a network of small villages and towns that came to prominence during the industrial revolution and became the heartlands of spiritual revival in the late 19th and early 20th century. Sadly, the heavy industry has long ceased and has left a bunch of socio-economic challenges, an unchurched population (less than 1%) and a lot of hopelessness.
We caught up with Corey Sanders who leads the Movement Church with his wife Robin. The Movement Church is located in South Florida (USA) and has recently partnered with Advance. We wanted to share the background story of this inspiring community of Christ followers.
Tell us a bit about your neighborhood and the Movement Church?
Homestead is a growing suburban community that sits about thirty miles south of Miami, Florida; one of the country’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities. It’s the kind of place that offers a small-town feel but still includes areas offering big city amenities. West Homestead, which is also called Old Homestead, has struggled greatly because of issues of property, poor education and crime.
We felt it important to re-share this fabulous teaching from Terry Virgo, the video is from Crosspoint Church in the USA. Terry has also written a book of the same title and we give a review of the book and links to purchase a copy.
n 2018, One City Church planted a new site into neighbouring Pinetown, on the East coast of South Africa. We caught up with Stephen Rothquel, who leads One City with his wife Bronwyn to find out how its going. It is so encouraging to see a church take action with conviction, stepping out in faith and full commitment to see a new, healthy church established!
Each year, the Catalyst Social Action Fund resources churches and projects to work within their communities serving disadvantaged people and bringing support, hope and life to those most in need. In this blog, Rosie Swift from Kings Community Church shares about their ‘Treasure Trove’ project:
One of the most challenging decisions facing church planters is the selection of a venue. Churches must navigate the tensions of ambiance, accessibility and capacity. We spoke to three church leaders who have recently moved into new venues about their decision making process, unexpected wins and any advice they have for those considering a venue change.
Responses from Chris Knight in Auburn Washington; Iain Kennedy in Glasgow, Scotland and PJ Smyth in Washington DC.