Our aim is to multiply congregations and gospel communities across the urban West Midlands with a particular focus on Sandwell, West Birmingham and the Black Country.
You can read about what we have been doing so far here
This is a diverse area with pockets of relative prosperity but also areas of great economic and social need including a number of council estates. The population includes white British, Eastern Europeans, South Americans, Punjabis, Pakistanis, Somalis, Sudanese and Arabic people. As we meet and talk with people, we sense that there is real spiritual hunger and openness to giving the Gospel a hearing.
As a local church, Bearwood Chapel could happily settle back into our own comfort zone and seek to maintain a reasonable sized congregation. However, when we look at this harvest field we see a need that challenges us and stretches us. We recognise that the work of sharing the Gospel is something that we cannot do on our own
We would love to see a network of interdependent congregations planted across the area with a commitment to proclaiming the Gospel across cultural divides, making disciples through consistent Bible teaching and loving their local communities.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for people who have a concern to reach urban, multi-cultural Britain. This might include individuals who are ready to come and make their life in the West Midlands and lead church plants as well as others who might assist as part of a team for a period of time. It might be that you are ready to start planting straight away but we would also be looking for people who might benefit from a few years training and experience within an established church first.
We would also love to hear from churches and groups who have a concern for urban mission and who may be able to partner in other ways such as through prayer and/or helping to support individuals.
We are looking for people who will share our passion for the Gospel and a commitment to making disciples through sound biblical teaching. Partners would be expected to agree with us on the essential beliefs of Christian faith.
What we can offer
We are not a large or a wealthy church, however we still feel that there’s much that we can offer in return to those who come and partner with us. This will include
- Fellowship (planting is often lonely work),
- Local knowledge,
Please note that we cannot offer salaried positions. Individuals will be responsible for raising their own financial support either through the support of other churches and individuals, part time work or a mixture of the two.
What to do next
We would encourage you first of all to talk and pray with your current church leaders to see if this is something that you should follow up on. If they agree that it is right to pursue this further, then get in touch with us either through the contact form on this page or by contact Dave on 07791 622122
This will enable us to meet, talk and pray with you to see if it is right for us to partner together