Why would a church overstaff their ministry team? Mark Herbert says Long Crendon Baptist Church deliberately employ a large staff team to galvanise them for mission outside of their immediate context. Most recently it’s led to a church revitalisation in nearby Buckingham, as Mark explains.
Long before any of us were using the term “Church Revitalisation”, God was using a missionary couple from America for his purposes in north-east England. Andrew Nicholson explains why he’s been so encouraged to learn more about Gateshead Evangelical Church.
Rachel Dalby reports on our first ever Church Revitalisation Forum. It was designed to resource churches considering getting involved with a revitalisation work as we seek to help smaller churches both inside and outside the Fellowship.
Church revitalisation is nothing new – it’s simply the desire to become a healthy church. Phil Walter began his ministry with FIEC full-time at the beginning of July and we asked him to reflect on what he has learnt so far.
Last year, we advertised for a Church Revitalisation Coordinator to join the FIEC staff team. We’re delighted that Phil Walter is now in post. Phil will work with a number of our churches to help them recapture their gospel vision and – we pray – flourish again. We asked him to share his experiences in church revitalisation as he begins his new role.
Twelve months ago it looked like Truro Evangelical Church might be forced to close down. Since then the membership has almost doubled and two people have been baptised. So what happened? Pastor Nick Fuller has been filling us in.