'20schemes' Tagged Posts

'20schemes' Tagged Posts

Gospel Church For Scotland’s Poorest: New Video

Please take and use this video on your blogs/Facebook pages and even consider showing it in your church service(s). 20schemes is making more contacts across Scotland every week with people and churches looking for support in some of the country’s poorest areas. We currently have several…

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…

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…

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 Opportunity In Northern Edinburgh!

Niddrie Community Church, as part of our 20Schemes initiative, are currently involved in a year-long assessment of the viability of a church plant in West Pilton, one of  Edinburgh’s toughest housing schemes. Here is a short film highlighting the needs of this work. FYI: I am very happy in…

The Role Of The Local Church Within Deprived Communities (2)

Mark Dever notes on The Gospel Coalition blog, that: Since the Fall, the trajectory of unredeemed human history—the City of Man—is always in the Bible to judgment (the Flood, Babel, Canaan, Egypt, Jerusalem, Babylon, Rome & then Rev. 19). (Not quite as universal as gravity, but seemingly as…

The Role Of The Local Church Within Deprived Communities (1)

Note: This is an updated version of a previous post. In his book, Generous Justice, Tim Keller states: “All I know is, if I don’t care about the poor, if my church doesn’t care about the poor, that’s evil.” Jesse Johnson, writing an article for The Cripplegate Blog, has a somewhat different…

Making Disciples By Church Planting

I found this extremely helpful article in The Briefing written by Richard Coekin. He makes some great points about smaller churches reaching a wider geographical spread and this is certainly some of the thinking behind our 20Schemes project. We are not going to grow mega churches through this initiative (although God in His grace may intervene) but we do want to see small…

How Our Leaders Are Losing Their Grip & Why We’re Happy About It

I recently spent a couple of days away with our Ministry Team in order to discuss polices, have some concentrated teaching and enjoy a bit of fun and fellowship. We try to do it every year in order to welcome any new faces into the fold. This year there were 13 people and their families present.…
  • 1
  • 2