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.
This year New Wine celebrates our 30th anniversary, and as I often say, New Wine churches have been planting churches for 30 years! In the last five years, however, there has been an unprecedented level of pioneering and planting across the country, and increasing interest from bishops and other denominations about how New Wine can help.
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.
We plan to tell some of these stories this summer, and though the funding pot is not huge, it still allows us to put some money where our mouth is! We’re finalising an online application process and are proud to have supported pioneering work in tough estates, with the vulnerable, and from the leafy home counties to city centres.
For the first time this year, we are calling the United seminar stream ‘Pioneering and Planting’. This name change is to recognise the spectrum of work that pioneering and planting churches covers – work to see unreached people come to follow Jesus.
We’re taking a hiatus on the Pioneer & Planter Days which have been advertised through our email list for a season to review them more fully. But the seminars in the summer will still be a place to connect and learn from best practice; I’m excited about the people who are coming this year to share their stories from many diverse experiences.
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.
Evangelism & Apologetics Training
In January 2019, in partnership with OCCA (Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics), we are planning a conference to train and support pioneers and planters with relevant and helpful tools focused on evangelism and apologetics. Details are still being confirmed but keep an eye out for information on this unmissable event.
Alice Birdwood is now helping me with admin for one day a week, and to provide one point of access for you, so now you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.