You’re a Christian today because somebody planted the church where you worship. Church planting is one of the most effective mission strategies and we encourage and support opportunities to pioneer new expressions of church.
There are four different church planting groups. The dreamers – those considering how to plant, engaging with mission and wondering how to make church more accessible in their context or planning to plant in the near or distant future. The doers – the planters on the ground, the modern day apostles, those who have been sent out to build from scratch and see God’s kingdom come in places and networks that have been starved of the good news of Jesus. The donors – those generous churches who see a need and send out people, resources and money to support the planters. The don’t-knows – supporters, cheer leaders, the interested and the intrigued.
With oversight from Gareth Robinson, we aim to support each church planting group through partnership with local churches and denominations, training events, resources and finance.
Alongside other mission areas, New Wine are able to invest in church plants in part thanks to our Nation Changer regular givers. The New Wine family is built on relationship and development funding is allocated as such.
To support the doers we run Pioneer and Planter Days three or four times a year (see Events) to help practitioners engage with others in their region. There are regional reps in four of the six regions and we are working to recruit into the remaining two.
We have run many church planting seminars in the past and the best of this teaching has been condensed into 2-minute videos available at thebridgechurchplanting.co.uk.
We’re working on a training package for the dreamers to get them ready to gather team and support to plant out and pioneer something new. Watch this space.