Saturday 27th October saw a turnout of over 100 for our first C of E Birmingham church planting conference. Based at St. Luke's Gas Street, we welcomed many visitors from our parishes as well as those from eight other Dioceses, all with a shared interest in knowing more about church planting.
We heard more about the Gas Street story from Tim Hughes, illustrated brilliantly by two newish members of the church; about the history and theology of planting from the Bishop of Islington, Bp Ric Thorpe, and just before lunch delegates asked great questions of a specialist panel.
In the afternoon the Revd Gav Burnage shared the inspiring story of St Peter’s, Walsall in Lichfield Diocese which was planted into four years ago (from Aldridge Parish Church), we watched a specially commissioned video from St George’s in the East in London (a church in the Anglican catholic tradition which has been involved in setting up new Christian communities) and we heard the challenging call of our very own Sharon Prentis, who reminded us of the need to reflect our communities in as diverse ways as possible when we’re planting.
After lunch a selection of workshops allowed people to explore:
- discipleship in church plants
- how to become a church which sends out multiple plants
- how to become a church planting Diocese (a journey we’ve only just begun)
One of the participants described the day as ‘inspirational. There was a real buzz about the place and the breadth of what was offered gave us lots to think about.’
If anyone who didn’t make it but would like to find out more please contact Rhiannon on 0121 4260420 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you’d like to join with us in praying then do use the following prayer:
You call some to plant and some to water
But it is always You who makes things grow.
You call some to be architects and some to be builders
But there is always one foundation,
Jesus Christ the cornerstone.
By your Spirit,
Help us to reach new people in new places in new ways
And give us boldness to proclaim the good news in our generation.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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