Church Planting (Page 2)

Church Planting (Page 2)

Why Small Churches Can Be More Effective Than Large Ones

The pendulum’s swung, says author, speaker, and activist JR Woodward. Bigger is no longer better in the church world – and Woodward is predicting that the real energy for God’s work in the local church will come from smaller, intentional communities who are immersed in spiritual practices that…

Scotland’s Forgotten, Rural Housing Schemes

In all the recent talk of the city as the main focus of church planting and theological thought (at least in many quarters) it seems that rural ministry is a bit like the ugly girl at a wedding. Everybody knows she’s there but nobody wants to dance with her. It’s not my intent to talk…

Church Planting Resources

Here are some resources from the Geneva Push 2011 Conference. As with all things, this is not a wholehearted recommendation for all of the content. But it is worth a perusal. Click here.

Why Glasgow Needs 20 Schemes!

Watch this short film on gang culture in Glasgow’s housing schemes. People ask me if we are exaggerating the problem in our country. See for yourself. What is the solution to these issues? The young man at the end of this film thinks it is about more social services but I think we should be planting gospel centred churches. Find out more about what we can do for…

East of Scotland Gospel Partnership

Check out the new website for the Gospel Partnership here. We had a great conference this past weekend with 150ish people on attendance from around the country. 20schemes was well received and we had some seriously positive feedback and many requests for help and support. Watch this space for how things develop over the coming year. At the moment we have a couple of young…

Holiness & The Church Planter

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). At our “In this City” Conference last night, Tim Chester was looking at the issue of the church planter and purity. Character before gifts is a fundamental premise of all Christian leadership and Crossway have produced a helpful list of e-books on the topic of pursuing holiness. Worth…

40 Reasons Why The Local Church Is Important

Is it possible to live a faithful Christian life without being a faithful part of a local church? I’ve heard many people make the argument that it is indeed possible—especially if there are no good churches around. I disagree. At the bare minimum, there are forty different commands in the New Testament to live life in some sense with other believers. For the rest of this…

Why I Love Presbyterians Even Though I Don’t Agree With Them

I am a (very convinced) Reformed Baptist, ministering and working in an independent Evangelical Church. I have even written a short book on preparing people (confessing believers) for baptism. Since my move to Scotland 5 years ago I became aware of ‘Presbyterians’ of all shapes and…

Church Planting Resources

Here is a website that could be useful for those of us trying to plant churches and think through some issues. www.churchplanting.com As with all sites I am not claiming to agree with, or endorse, all that is written but it could be a helpful resource for some. I am currently thinking about whether I should be broadening this site for a UK context or developing a new…