What about … (2 practical ideas for supporting urban mission)

There has been some talk recently about how we encourage mission to needy urban areas. Here are two simple ideas. One for churches and one for individuals. Continue reading


#ActBC – Why are we asking you to partner with us? (part 2)

A few years ago, there was a local website called “We love Bearwood” encouraging people to love and enjoy their local community around where our church is located. I realised that this kind of helped sum up my personal mission.

I want people who love Bearwood to come to know and love Jesus.

I also want people who know and love Jesus to love Bearwood.

But actually, I’m not just thinking about Bearwood. We often talk about wanting to see Bearwood and beyond transformed by the Gospel. 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

#PlantBC Update (Spring 2016)

We’ve been encouraged over the past couple of months to start hearing from other people who have an interest in church planting in the West Midlands. A big part of talking about #PlantBC is simply to encourage people to pray about and consider this area. We want to get church planting in places like Smethwick, Oldbury, West Bromwich, Wednesbury, Tipton, Dudley etc up The Church’s agenda. Continue reading

How might you plant a church in the Black Country?

One of the things we’ve talked about on faithroots.net is the possibility of seeing a network of interdependent Gospel churches planted across Sandwell and the Black Country. So if you’re thinking about getting involved in church planting and wondering what that might look like here then here’s one scenario of how it could happen. Continue reading


If you follow @BearwoodChapel on Twitter you may have started to see this hashtag. What’s it all about? #PlantBC is about our desire to encourage church planting across our part of the West Midlands (The Black Country –particularly Sandwell –and West Birmingham).Black_Country_Flag_svg

We believe that church planting and church re-vitalisation is an important method of evangelism. Often new church plants can reach people and communities that existing churches cannot reach. We also have found that new church plants (when done properly) can have a positive impact on the existing church providing partnership, encouragement, new ideas etc. Continue reading