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While larger churches in towns and cities often grab the attention and shape the discussion about UK church life, often it is smaller churches that need to be the focus of our attention if we are to grow healthy churches across the UK. That is why GB Network is organising a series of ‘roadshow’ events around the country to help smaller churches think through the challenges they face.

The first three of these will take place in London, Wiltshire and Lancashire, with two further events to follow in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Each day will include three presentations, followed by a discussion and question time.

Nigel Hoad of AGBC (South East) Home Mission will lead the first session on ‘Can a church like us do evangelism?’ In what ways should a small church best use its time in reaching out to their community? What is realistic when there are fewer people to do the work? How can we best make an impact, and connect the gospel with our friends?

Barry King (Grace Baptist Partnership) will look at the vital issue of leadership. How can a small church identify and train new leaders from among its members? What if the church doesn’t have a pastor? How should they go about establishing a part-time or full-time ministry? It is often a failure to identify gifted leaders, give them room to test and develop their gifts and release them into service that holds back the development of small churches.

Jim Sayers (GBM) will talk about how small churches can learn from world mission. How is it that we can be zealous in supporting and praying for pioneer missionaries on the other side of the world, but neglect mission in our own town or village? In Acts 1:8, the Great Commission began in Jerusalem, and spread to the ends of the earth, but Acts also tells the story of how that world mission came back to transform the church in Jerusalem. What can a small church learn from cross-cultural mission?

March 17: Kew Baptist Church, Windsor Road, Kew,                      Richmond-Upon-Thames, TW9 2EL  


May 5:  Jireh Baptist Church Wigan, Chapel Street,                   Orrell Road, Wigan, Lancs. WN5 0AG


July 14:  Providence Baptist Church, Penknap,                              Westbury, Tower Hill, Westbury, Wilts                             BA13 3SP


Programme for the day:

11.00-11.50  Introduction

                       Nigel Hoad - ‘Evangelism in a smaller                                church’

11.50-12.10  Break

12.10-1.00    Barry King  - ‘Leadership in a smaller                                church’

1.00-2.00      Lunch

2.00-2.50     Jim Sayers - ‘Mission and the smaller                                church’

2.50-3.10     Break

3.10-4.00     Q&A and Close


Each day is free and lunch is provided. To help us in planning catering, please complete the contact form here to let us know that you plan to come.