Does London Need More Churches?

I wrote the following article for a website that I contribute to called, but I felt it would be appropriate to share on here.  The largest urban area in the United Kingdom is London. Apart from being one of the most famous cities in the world, it is also one of the most diverse […]

Repost: Rejoicing in the Holes in the Ground

I really enjoyed the following post. I think that we often wait too long to rejoice and to praise God. We should be praising God all along life’s journey. I hope it will be a help and encouragment to you. I’ve spent this week preaching on Ezra at one of our conferences. Even though this […]

Repost: How God Revives a Dying Church

I found this article by Carey Schmidt very helpful. “Reviving dying churches,” “replanting churches,” “rescuing churches,” whatever you want to call it, is a real issue in places where churches used to be strong but are now growing weaker. The United Kingdom is certainly a place like that. We believe strongly in church-planting, but we […]

5 Important Factors About Where to Plant a Church

For the last four months, I have been surveying the city of London and asking the following questions: In a city of 8.5 million, where should we plant a church? Where can we plant a church that will make the greatest difference in this city? Where is the most effective place to plant a church […]

Where to Plant a Church (5 of 5)

Factor #5: Plant a church in an area where God seems to be opening doors. When the Apostle Paul was traveling on his missionary journeys, he continually looked for open doors. (Read 2 Cor. 2:12, Col. 4:3, Rev. 3:8.) He made use of synagogues, people’s homes, a place where prayers are said by the river, marketplaces, […]

Surveying a City for the Purpose of Planting a New Church

Moving to a new area to plant a church can be a daunting experience. Where do you begin? Where do you meet? How do you get started? Those are all questions that we are asking right now as we are seeking to plant a new church in London. We moved here in August, and, for the […]

Where to Plant a Church? (4 of 5)

Factor #4: Plant a church only after getting wise counsel. All of us have our blind spots, and none of us see with perfectly clear vision. That is why we need to continually be in the Word, so that God can search our hearts for sin and selfish intentions. That is also why we need […]

Where to Plant a Church (3 of 5)

Factor #3: Plant a church in a needy place.  When trying to assess the need of an area, we may find the following two things to be true: Everywhere is needier than we think. Nowhere is as needy as we think. Those might seem to be opposing statements, so here is what they mean. It […]

Where to Plant a Church (2 of 5)

Factor #2: Plant a church in a strategic place. Most church-planters put on their prayer card: “Churches Planters to Brazil” or some other country to which God has led them. The sad reality is that most of us never come close to doing anything more than impacting one city, or, most likely, one area of […]

Where to Plant a Church (1 of 5)

When I am asked to preach for someone, I often find myself spending as much time trying to figure out what to preach as I do in preparing the message to preach. Similarly, determining where to plant a church can often be just as daunting as actually planting the church. The abundance of needy places […]