Going Long (Part 2 – Theological Training for urban planters)

In our previous post, I mentioned the MTh programme as a way of “going long” in training for ministry.   Here’s another perspective.

We can assume that if someone doesn’t go to seminary and study full time for 3-4 years then the alternative is that at best they do either something like a Ministry Training Course, 1 day or week for 2 years or possible something like the part time GDip via a Union Learning Community or some form of distance learning programme. That is a wrong assumption Continue reading

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Why you should come to Bearwood Chapel

So, you’ve got your A-Level results and now you know that you’re coming to Birmingham to study at one of our fantastic Universities.  There’ll be a lot to plan and do over the coming weeks and next few months: books and equipment to buy, choices about where you will live, new friends to make.

Have you started to think about which church you might be part of yet?  There are some fantastic churches local to the University including

City Church

Church Central

Monyhull Church

These are great congregations where you’ll be taught well from God’s Word, welcomed, loved and encouraged to serve. Our concern is to see every believer who comes to the area find the right church where they can grow and serve.

In that context, we’d like to encourage you to consider Bearwood Chapel. We are a little further away from the University (a short bus ride on the 11, 48 or 120) and we are not one of the main student churches, however some students have made their home with us over the years. Continue reading

In defence of church planting and Church planting movements

Church planting and church planting movements have been the big talk in Global Missions over the past few years. Internationally there’s Acts29 and City to City. Here in the English Midlands we have our own 2020 Birmingham which started with an aspiration of 20 church plants by 2020 and now is seeking another 3o by 2030 with the prayer that each of those churches will plant one more.

Not everyone is happy about this though. On certain parts of the inter-web questions are being raised.  The underpinning theme is “Is this Biblical? Or is it human strategy?” These are vital questions and as I’ve been asked them directly myself I want to respond to them. Continue reading

How might a pioneer church plant happen?

One of our #PlantBC aims is to support and encourage pioneer church plants.  A pioneer church plant happens when just one or two people start to reach a community with the Gospel. Over time as people respond to the good news they start to gather together for prayer, Bible teaching and praise.  This is different to a mother-daughter church plant where you send maybe 30-40 people from an existing congregation to start a church.  Continue reading

Church Planting Maths

One of the great encouragements of Gospel work in the West Midlands has been the 2020 Birmingham partnership.  2020 Birmingham set out in 2010 with the aim of planting 20 churches by 2020. As a church with a small building but a large heart to reach the community around us, we’ve found the advice, support and encouragement of our 2020 partners a big help. Continue reading

How we are encouraging Church Planting

Regular visitors to this site will know that Bearwood Chapel[1] has a desire to see lots of new churches planted across Sandwell, The Black Country and West Birmingham. Continue reading

Be Part of Something (1)

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It’s mid-August and a lot of people are starting to plan moves. Some have just got A- Level results and are off to University, others are looking at getting their first (or a new) job and will move to a new town or city (even Country) to start work.

What sorts of things will you be thinking about as you prepare to move? I guess key things will include where you are going to live, things you need to buy, budgets, transport etc. 

If you are a Christian, then I would like to encourage you to make finding a local church to be part of your top priority. Continue reading