Church Planting - from the inside!
It was over breakfast, yesterday in Streatham, that I realised the time had come to return to blogging. It's been a while. For a number of years I'd dumped a whole heap of ill-informed opinion online at theurbanpastor. But there's been a six month hiatus caused largely by stepping back from being the Senior Minister at Christ Church Balham and needing to give my attention to what was coming next. However, in conversation with a good friend who was considering whether to join our launch team over a flat white and an enormous croissant, I realized that people simply didn't know where we'd got to in our plans to plant in Peckham. And so this is an attempt to address that.
It's going to be an account of church planting; from the inside, through the eyes (and heart) of a planter. I simply want to keep people up to speed on what's going on and where the Lord has brought us thus far. I won't be able to tell you everything. But I'll try to tell you more than I should. I'll preserve people's anonymity where to reveal their identity would be to cross a boundary. So whether you're likely to come to join us, or whether you're intrigued by what we're doing or whether you just want to know what planting feels like and looks like from the inside then hopefully this diary of a church plant will give you an insight into what's involved.
A whole heap has happened already. And I'll need to bring you up to speed on that. We're not where we want to be, at this point in time. We'd love to be further on. But we're not where we were this time last year. Just like my Christian life! But we have much to give thanks to God for. And I'll spell out some of that in the posts that follow.