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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. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Progress, Opportunities and ChallengesOur contextThe 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 handof our God...Ezra 9:18goals for the nextyears742011To extend the Partnershipfrom 40+ to 60+ churches in year four35 Partner churches30 Individual Partners55 churches represented overall1

To extend the Partnershipfrom 40+ to 60+ churches in year four

Who could join?1

To deepen our partnership

Warmth of Partnership MeetingsRelationships/TrustCluster Groups (geographical/common situation)Prayer together; preaching groupsEating together; consulting one anotherShared evangelism and training

2To deepen our partnership

Can we do more?In cluster groupsPraying/working togetherPulpits swapsAvoiding isolationExpertise sharing/mentoring/work shadowing

2To develop and extend training across the Partnership

Development of SMTC (Haywards Heath)Four Saturday Courses (various locations)250 students3

To develop and extend training across the Partnership

Saturday CourseSept 2014 EAST: Eastbourne3rd year option for former studentsSept 2015 WEST: Angmering/Chichester?Sept 2016 CENTRAL: Lindfield/Brighton?3To develop and extend training across the Partnership

How can we make sure people benefit?Dont give up promoting the courses!Personal encouragement; Use former studentsEncourage former students to take up further trainingSpread the wordUse the short courses

3To multiply the number of ministry trainees

Currently 15 individuals in 14 churchesA further 14 churches have had trainees4

Workers for the harvest field

To multiply the number of ministry traineesRecruiting trainees?Year out for GodDeveloping student work/linksThinking outside the box4

To develop Youthwork across the partnership

Come and See Training ProgrammeSorted by the seaLovewise teamNetworking paid youthworkers (Revive)5

To develop Youthwork across the partnership

Continue Come and See?Replicate Sorted by the sea?Expand the Lovewise work?Repeat Revive?What else?5To increase cooperation in evangelismExtend effective cooperation in Evangelism across the Partnership building up to A Passion for Life 20146

To increase cooperation in evangelism

Work together more effectively?Sharing resourcesWorking together locallyOpening up eventsMaking use of Glen and Martin6To plant and revitalise churches10 churches planted or revitalised over four yearsChallenges and disappointmentsPerseverance being rewardedCongregations multiplyingA long way to go7

To plant and revitalise churchesOpenness to a variety of approachesStarting brand new churchesMultiplying congregationsBreathing new life into churches in declineRestoring a gospel ministry to a gospel-less church

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To plant and revitalise churches7

Questions and comment

The next four years?Challenges and Encouragements in the local churchThree Bridges Free ChurchCrawleyColin JonesEmmanuel ChurchHastingsMartin LaneCalvary Church Brighton (1m)Phil Wells

Formerly Brighton Railway Mission to reach working peopleMorning congregation ~ 60 including kidsCommitted membership of 27+ ,12 of whom are wage-earnersThree full-time workersSituated at the end of a shopping street moving from street-drinking to cocktail drinking28Biggest challenge (2m)Is actually (for me) just to keep going in a godly wayFor the church to raise enough money to buy the freehold of the building162,500 = 40k+40k+80k(loan)Via gift day #1 = 74.2k Gift day #2 = 50.6k Leaving 37.4k to find=challenge and encouragement29Biggest encouragements (2m)N.B. encouragement progressN.B. encouragement ~~ significancePassion4Life / out on London Road for an hour each morning offering Word-1-2-1 = Read John's gospel for 1 hour2 friends came the previous Sunday, various readings also occurred beforehand30Biggest 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)31