The Black Country needs church planters.
Every so often I put a little appeal out here. It’s for people to consider getting involved in church planting. I’m a big supporter of church planting in general, where ever there is a need. In fact, I would go so far as to say that there is pretty much always a need. Even if every existing churches in our area was preaching the Gospel and full, there would still be lots of people who would need to hear the Gospel. However, I particularly want to encourage you to consider church planting in three Sandwell, Black Country and West Birmingham area.
I’m personally praying that we would hear from 2 potential church planters this year. Maybe that’s you?
Here are some reasons why you might want to consider planting with us.
1. We want to see congregations planted that will reach people and communities unreached by existing churches. Our aim is not to simply recycle believers, encouraging people to move from one church to a new one. Rather, we want to see people who never would have heard the Gospel put their faith in Jesus and grow in him.
2. That focus on the unreached means a particular concern for one of the neediest urban areas in the UK. We are looking to reach white working class people living on our council estates. We also want to see people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, Easter Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, secular agnostics given the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Our desire is to see churches that reflect the rich diversity of people in our neighbourhoods. We want them to ve trstimony tl tge untity and reconciliarion we find in Christ. you have the same concern.
3. We are looking for people to plant from scratch. This isn’t about taking 30-50 people and replanting them into a new congregation. We are looking for pioneers who will start from scratch, sharing their faith with their neighbours.
4. We want to support people willing to do this, offering fellowship, mentoring, training and equipping. Planters will benefit from our partnership with Union School of Theology and the opportunity to study for a GDIP in Theology. Whilst planters will need to raise their own support initially, we will also try to help them find that support.
5. Most of all, we want to see churches planted that are Gospel hearted, faithful to God’s word and seeking to honour the Lord in all they do.
Does that sound like something you would like to get involved with. Get in touch if it is. If you would like to call Dave for a chat, you can get hold of him on 07791 622122.
For more information check out our PlantBC page.