FIEC National Director, John Stevens helped us understand our culture and what that means for church planting today. Lee McMunn will brought an update on the recent church plant in Scarborough and helped us draw lessons and encouragements from his experience. Mike Reith inspired us with news of a recent church plant in Dagenham, using a revitalised ‘door to door’ method.
And then we heard news on some of the Plants that Gospel Yorkshire currently supports. Halifax, Dearne Valley, Hull, Cleckheaton and Keighley – all locations with brand new churches and it was exciting to hear how Gopd is encouraging each plant.
Unfortunately, technical problems prevented us from recording these excellent sessions but you’ll find virtually all of the papers presented at earlier Conferences if you scroll down the page.
“No Easy Gains: planting when it’s tough”
Devoted to Reaching Out
Growth by evangelism
Devoted to People
Chaired by Lewis Allen
with Mez, Al & Ian Williamson
Devoted to Church
“Making it Happen”
Hugo Charteris of Christ Church Heaton, kicked off the day by addressing the question; Why We Plant: Biblical Foundations. He identified four kinds of churches where the gospel is present: where people trade on heritage and no one is teaching the Bible each week: where the Bible is taught but is detached from the culture round it: where the Bible is taught but people don’t live it out: and lastly, where there is devotion to the Scriptures, to one another, to hospitality, to prayers and engaging with others. It is this biblical pattern of Acts chapter 2 verse 42 that should guide us in deciding where and how we should plant, either where there are no gospel churches or where they conform to the first three types listed above.
You can listen to Hugo’s talk below.
News from the three forthcoming plants followed, together with the inspiring true story of Thomas Langton, the 19th century Yorkshire evangelist told by Tim Chester.
You can listen to Tim’s talk on Gospel Power in Yorkshire: The Story of Thomas Langton below.
After a series of practical seminars on various aspects of planting, Lewis Allen, Director of Gospel Yorkshire and Pastor of Hope Church Huddersfield directed us to the need to plant for eternity, from Deuteronomy chapter 10 verses 20 – 22. These verses give five pointers: the Lord will honour your godliness not your expertly trained team: planting needs bravery not well crafted plans: delight in your church plant could kill you: never lose sight of his favour: and plan for eternity not for the short term.
You can listen to Lewis’ talk below.
Why We Plant
Gospel Power in Yorkshire
The Story of Thomas Langton
Planting for Eternity
“Why Not Now?”
“Why Not Now?” was the question posed by the Gospel Yorkshire Launch Conference on 7th October at Dewsbury Evangelical Church.
Present were eighty people from around the county and beyond, including church leaders, ministry trainees, Bible College students, retired people and others in the workplace.
Neil Powell (City Birmingham and 20/20 Birmingham) and Andy Paterson (Mission Director for the FIEC) came to open up God’s Word. Neil gave a masterful overview of Jonah, probing the motives of our hearts as we engage in (or avoid!) sharing the Gospel with the lost.
Andy urged us to humble, Gospel-serving partnership from Acts 17, and pressed home the implications of Yorkshire’s needs, as he explored social data on the county with us. Their input brought much-needed realism, about ourselves as Gospel servants, our county, and the infinite power and possibilities of God’s grace.
As well as hearing God’s Word, we had extensive updates from different churches and ministries in the county (Acts 29, International Presbyterian Church, the new Church Planting Academy based in Sheffield, and Anglican Mission in England). We also broke into regional groups for news, conversation and prayer. In those groups it was brilliant to explore serious planting plans in Leeds, Scarborough, East Hull and the Spen Valley, as well as to look at the needs of Central Doncaster.
As we had hoped and prayed for, one of the best features of the day was the opportunity to talk together, either as already-established Gospel partners, or as new friends. Several came from outside Yorkshire and are seriously looking at ministry opportunities here. The result of the day was that we went home encouraged to get to work, relying upon the Lord, and ambitious to partner in seeing churches established.
Gospel Yorkshire Launch Conference
Gospel Yorkshire Launch Conference