The Church of England has announced it is providing £2.6 million to help revitalise church life in Newcastle. That’s right £2.6 million pound. That’s enough to pay for the salaries and building hire of 13 church plants over a 5 year period. Think of the difference this investment could make if the C of E were to partner with Oak Hill Theological College and Acts 29 to get 13 church leaders onto some of the neediest estates in the North East of England. Continue reading
The biggest challenge that we face in urban church planting is that the evangelical church is locked onto one very specific model of church planting. It depends on one large church or several medium sized churches setting aside between 20 -50 people as a core group to launch the church. Continue reading
I’ve hinted at this in a few posts but I want to pick up on it more explicitly. The concept of “The Resource Church” is something gaining currency among Anglicans and I suspect that where Anglican Evangelicals go, independent evangelicals will follow.
The concept is this. Every city needs a large “resource church” which is then able to resource the wider church in the city. This is usually a city centre church or a church near the student population. It seems to primarily be a feature of charismatic Anglican strategy and examples are given of HTB in London, St Thomas’ in Sheffield etc. It was part of the thinking behind the launch of Gas Street church in Birmingham. Continue reading