Starting Churches

Historically in Commission and Newfrontiers we’ve used the phrase 'church planting' to describe our various activities involved in seeing new churches established. Most recently we’ve come to the conclusion it would be good to bring an important distinction between three particular activities which could come under the banner of Starting Churches, these being Start, Restart and Multiply. Each of these three distinct aspects of how we look to see new churches established in Commission has a team focused on helping resource those both looking at and actually involved on the ground.

Watch the video below to hear more about Start, Restart and Multiply - and see how you can get involved!

Start

...is all about just that, starting new churches. We are convinced that starting new churches plays a crucial part in the advance of the kingdom of God and is a great demonstration of this advance for all to see. Research demonstrates that new churches often grow faster and are more effective in evangelism and we want to continue to give lots of focus to seeing further churches established in this way.

We believe all new churches need to be apostolically connected whilst being initiated in any one of these three ways:

  • God speaks to an individual about going to a place, they are then the catalyst for a team to gather.
  • A church leadership team sees an opportunity for another church and gathers a team.
  • A member of the apostolic team sense it's the right time to see a new work established in a particular town and raises a team for this.

Starting churches can be broken into 6 phases as follows:

Churchplantstages

U.K.

Over the last few years we have seen new churches established in Newbury, Borden and Wimborne. Currently we have the following new church starts planned with details being shown for the UK ones and further information for the overseas ones being obtained by following the links.

If you’re interested in being part of a team starting a church or have a passion for seeing a church started somewhere then please contact the Commission office to discuss the next steps at startingchurches@commission-together.org

Restart

...is all about helping bring fresh life and vision to an existing church. This could either be through partnering with more traditional churches and denominations or working with perhaps a more recently established church which has struggled to find its feet. Re-start is a new concept for us but actually reflects something we have done for a number of years in helping existing churches which may have been struggling to once again flourish.

One crucial aspect of seeing churches re-start is also having teams of folk prepared to move and invest in existing churches, recognising and honouring their past and history whilst seeking to establish clear vision and foundations for the future.

If you want to discuss either being part of one of these teams or are looking for help with your existing church, in the first instance please contact Andrew Lawrence at restart@commission-together.org.

Multiply

...is all about helping churches and their leaders work through the practicalities of reaching more people by multiplying meetings, locations or even styles of meeting together. Whether looking at multiple meetings or multi sites this team will help churches to avoid the pitfalls and maximise potential whilst offering encouragement, advice and support as well as a breadth of experience in this area. Initially, please contact Steve Petch at multiply@commission-together.org.

U.K. Churches

4Amesbury

Stage 4

Grace Church have recently started monthly meetings in Amesbury as part of their vision of being a multi-site church. Amesbury is experiencing rapid population growth, with thousands from the Army being relocated to the near-by areas. The potential for the gospel is huge!
With over 100 people at both of our first two meetings, we’re believing God for growth and for Jesus to change many lives!

Contact: Ian McDonald ian@gracechurchuk.org

2Andover

Stage 1

This attractive and bustling town in the north-west of Hampshire boasts a population of over 55,000 people and we have a real desire to see God impact the people of Andover with his love. The leaders have been identified and are in the process of moving to the town. We are plan to start gathering in the their lounge Spring 2017 and we are looking for God to add men and women of boldness as we seek to serve Andover for its peace and prosperity. 

Contact: Martin Flood martinf@gatewaylife.co.uk

1Barnstaple

Stage 1
Barnstaple is the largest town in northern Devon. Whilst it has a population of approximately 25,000 residents; it serves a wider population of over 130,000 people. We’d love to see a great local church established and are praying for the right leaders to enable this to happen.
Contact: Simon Walker simon.walker@citychurch.org.uk

5Basingstoke

Stage 6

Gateway Church is strategically placed in Basingstoke which is a large and energetic town, attracting many families and young professionals due to it being an important economic centre for the UK. We have been meeting publicly on Sunday mornings since September 2013 and now consistently see between 120-140 gather weekly. We are growing quickly and are looking for God to add men and women of boldness to our community as we seek to serve Basingstoke for its peace and prosperity.

Contact: Martin Flood martinf@gatewaylife.co.uk

1Blandford Forum

Stage 1
A substantial market town in the heart of Dorset, we anticipate many wanting to gather to see a church established here. First of all we are looking for a leader with a vision for Blandford to move here.
Contact: startingchurches@commission-together.org

3Bordon

Stage 3
A new church plant of 40 people has recently started meeting on Sundays in Borden.
Contact: Sean Gubb sean@jubileechurchfarnham.org

1Croydon

Stage 1
An influential metropolitan centre in greater London, Croydon is a key area where we are praying for the establishment of a thriving multicultural church as part of the Commission family.
Contact: Steve Petch info@gracechurchtogether.org.uk

1Fareham

Stage 1
With a population of over 50,000 the market town of Fareham is a strategic location from which to reach the Solent region. This work is very much in the heart of the apostolic team, waiting for God’s timing for leaders to be free to move and begin the work. We have a number of people waiting to join once the work begins.
Contact: Chris Kilby startingchurches@lifesouthampton.org

1Havant

Stage 1
We are considering a church plant in Havant, a town in the south east corner of Hampshire approximately mid-way between Portsmouth and Chichester. If you would like to find out more please get in touch: startingchurches@commission-together.org

4Highcliffe

Godfirst Multisite - Stage 4
Highcliffe is a village on the outskirts of Christchurch boasting a population of around 9000. Godfirst in Christchurch has decided to open a site in this area to open up new ground for the Gospel. We have been meeting monthly in Highcliffe and launched our 10am service there in 2016 with over 50 adults and numerous children.

If you want any further information please contact the site leader: Kevin Higham see our website www.godfirstchristchurch.org

1Marlborough

Stage 1
We are considering a church plant in Marlborough, a market town and civil parish in the county of Wiltshire. If you would like to find out more please get in touch: startingchurches@commission-together.org

4Newbury

Stage 4
Newbury is a strategic town in Berkshire on the M4 corridor between Reading and Swindon. Mark and Beverley Landreth-Smith have moved from Camberley to Newbury and are gathering 80-90 people on Sundays. Further details from: www.bridgechurchnewbury.co.uk or email: Mark Landreth-Smith mark@bridgechurchnewbury.co.uk

1Penzance

Stage 1
We are considering a church plant in Penzance, a port and the most westerly major town in Cornwall. If you would like to find out more please get in touch: startingchurches@commission-together.org

1Petersfield

Stage 1
We feel Petersfield is an important town to look to see a church established in and are praying and looking for God to open some doors for a future work to be established here.
Contact: startingchurches@commission-together.org

4Slough

Stage 4
During the autumn of 2011 Colin and Ruth Gault along with their 2 daughters moved to Slough not knowing anyone living there or anyone with a desire to get involved in church planting in the town. Almost 3 years on, 25+ adults and children of 8 different nationalities are meeting 3 Sundays a month in the centre of this large, ethnically diverse M4 corridor town. The group are now looking to God with growing confidence to see 35 people (adults and children) meeting together regularly by the end of 2014 with a view to launching weekly Sunday meeting early in 2015.
Contact: Colin Gault hello@onelifeslough.org.uk

1Southampton

Stage 1
Life Church Southampton began just 6 years ago and is now well established, but with a population of over 250,000 people in this city Chris Kilby and the team are determined to see more congregations started in order to reach more people. The next target is for something to be started on the East side of the city.
Contact: Chris Kilby chris.kilby@lifesouthamton.org

1Warminster

Stage 1
We are considering a church plant in Warminster, a small market town attractively situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain. If you would like to find out more please get in touch: startingchurches@commission-together.org

3Waterlooville

Stage 3
The team in Waterlooville has now grown to around 25 people. They have found real favour in the community and are very quickly becoming a great influence in the town. Regular monthly Sunday meetings are now taking place.
Contact Richard Shaw richard.shaw@solentcc.org

5Wimborne

Stage 5
Good News Church Wimborne launched in 2015. Surrounded by English countryside and just 20 minutes from the beach, Wimborne is a thriving market town full of history and character but equally full of 15,000 people who need to hear the good news of Jesus.
Contact: wimborne@commission-together.org

 

Overseas

India

We have a number of churches being planted in India – for more information please contact the Commission office

France

By ferry from Portsmouth or Poole it is only about 60 miles to France. France is close by, many of us go there on holiday and French is the language we are most likely to learn (to some level!) at school, yet France has some very obvious differences from the UK: it is twice the size of Britain, the roads are much smoother and the wine is much cheaper! More importantly, France is much less ‘churched’ than the UK. For instance, the Manche (the 'département' – or county – which stretches from Cherbourg in the north to just south of Mont St Michel in the south) has a similar surface area to Devon and a population of about 500,000 people, but only around ten protestant/evangelical churches. We are seeking to build relationships with believers in the Manche, and looking for God to open doors for mission there. If this interests you, please contact startingchurches@commission-together.org

 

4Madrid, spain

Stage 4

Iglesia de Cristo Salvador Madrid (Church of Christ the Saviour) was publically launched in Nov 2015. On Sunday mornings they meet in a theatre in Quevedo a fairly central and popular neighbourhood of the city, which has resulted in consistent growth particularly with Spaniards and Spanish speakers. They have a relatively young congregation and have started to develop a leadership team. They aim to reach people and make disciples who are both missional and mature in Christ. This is reflected in their midweek groups that are both mission & discipleship focussed.

Contact: Kevin Bartlett kevininmadrid@gmail.com

 

1Texas and other locations in the USA,

Stage 1
We are currently investigating one or two opportunities for church planting in Texas and talking to a possible leader. There are also other possible locations being considered. Interested?
Contact: startingchurches@commission-together.org