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Progress, Opportunities and Challenges. Our context. The gospel need in the UK is greater than it has ever been in the last 450 years Conservative evangelicalism is stronger than it has ever been in the last 50 years. thegospelpartnerships.org.uk. ...the gracious hand of our God... Ezra 9:18.

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our context
Our context
  • The gospel need in the UK is greater than it has ever been in the last 450 years
  • Conservative evangelicalism is stronger than it has ever been in the last 50 years
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2011

7

4

goals for the next

years

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1

To extend the Partnership

  • from 40+ to 60+ churches in year four

35 Partner churches

30 Individual Partners

55 churches represented overall

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1

To extend the Partnership

  • from 40+ to 60+ churches in year four

Who could join?

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2

To deepen our partnership

Warmth of Partnership Meetings

Relationships/Trust

Cluster Groups (geographical/common situation)

  • Prayer together; preaching groups
  • Eating together; consulting one another
  • Shared evangelism and training
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2

To deepen our partnership

Can we do more?

  • In cluster groups
  • Praying/working together
  • Pulpits swaps
  • Avoiding isolation
  • Expertise sharing/mentoring/work shadowing
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3

To develop and extend training across the Partnership

Development of SMTC (Haywards Heath)

Four Saturday Courses (various locations)

250 students

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3

To develop and extend training across the Partnership

Saturday Course

Sept 2014 – EAST: Eastbourne

  • 3rd year option for former students

Sept 2015 – WEST: Angmering/Chichester?

Sept 2016 – CENTRAL: Lindfield/Brighton?

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3

To develop and extend training across the Partnership

How can we make sure people benefit?

  • Don’t give up promoting the courses!
  • Personal encouragement; Use former students
  • Encourage former students to take up further training
  • Spread the word
  • Use the short courses
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4

To multiply the number of ministry trainees

Currently 15 individuals in 14 churches

A further 14 churches have had trainees

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4

To multiply the number of ministry trainees

Recruiting trainees?

  • Year out for God
  • Developing student work/links
  • Thinking outside the box
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5

To develop Youthwork across the partnership

Come and See Training Programme

Sorted by the sea

Lovewise team

Networking paid youthworkers (Revive)

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5

To develop Youthwork across the partnership

Continue Come and See?

Replicate Sorted by the sea?

Expand the Lovewise work?

Repeat Revive?

What else?

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6

To increase cooperation in evangelism

  • Extend effective cooperation in Evangelism across the Partnership building up to A Passion for Life 2014
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6

To increase cooperation in evangelism

Work together more effectively?

Sharing resources

Working together locally

Opening up events

Making use of Glen and Martin

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7

To plant and revitalise churches

  • 10 churches planted or revitalised over four years

Challenges and disappointments

Perseverance being rewarded

Congregations multiplying

A long way to go

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7

To plant and revitalise churches

Openness to a variety of approaches

Starting brand new churches

Multiplying congregations

Breathing new life into churches in decline

Restoring a gospel ministry to a gospel-less church

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7

To plant and revitalise churches

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Questions and comment

The next four years?

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Three Bridges Free Church

Crawley

Colin Jones

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Emmanuel Church

Hastings

Martin Lane

calvary church brighton 1m phil wells

Formerly Brighton Railway Mission – to reach working people

Morning congregation ~ 60 including kids

Committed membership of 27+ ,12 of whom are wage-earners

Three full-time workers

Situated at the end of a shopping street moving from street-drinking to cocktail drinking

Calvary Church Brighton (1m)Phil Wells
biggest challenge 2m
Biggest challenge (2m)
  • Is actually (for me) just to keep going in a godly way
  • For the church – to raise enough money to buy the freehold of the building
  • £162,500 = £40k+£40k+£80k(loan)
  • Via gift day #1 … = £74.2k
  • Gift day #2 = £50.6k
  • Leaving £37.4k to find
  • =challenge and encouragement
biggest encouragements 2m
Biggest encouragements (2m)
  • N.B. encouragement <> progress
  • N.B. encouragement ~~ significance
  • Passion4Life / out on London Road for an hour each morning offering Word-1-2-1 = Read John's gospel for 1 hour
  • 2 friends came the previous Sunday, various readings also occurred beforehand
biggest encouragements 2m1
Biggest encouragements (2m)
  • Good conversations during the week (e.g. Eddy at Kodak Shop; Ami at the “Hempworks” Shop )
  • One contact and one family the next Sunday
  • One request to do 1-2-1 (never yet made good)