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We started this crazy faith journey 7 years ago of ‘Igniting Church Planting Movements in Western Europe’. Now we have 7 churches that are part of the network! What I felt God gave me 28 years ago is finally taking place.
I’ve just returned from my second trip this year to Europe. We had a great “VCI all-in day” in Le Havre (France). It was another fruitful, fun day and it’s always great to pray, impart, learn and hear what God is doing in the various churches. Every time, we meet new people and the network moves forward by another leap. We presented each church with a VCI certificate and some Euros to use for church planting.
Following this, I had the privilege of speaking in Le Havre, Axel and Oss Churches, staying with leaders in their homes and meeting new leaders who are aiming to plant churches or join VCI. Very exciting. (It's the reason I go!)
The ‘Church Planting Training Center’ www.cptc.nl is now full steam ahead. We are beginning in September 29th – 1st October in Terneuzen; and will have a Church planting Conference on Saturday 30th. I will be back in Europe for this. We already have 6 students who know where they are going to plant… Yay!
STOP PRESS: While the CPTC students pay a fee, there are other costs that are necessary, for advertising, sponsorship of 2-3 students (50% only), extra books and overseas teachers. If you would like to support this very worthwhile endeavour, please email me and I can give you details.
Something we need to realize is for those who are Christians and 99% of leaders in Europe the thought of planting churches and networks is a totally foreign concept. In fact, it’s even frowned upon. It’s an uphill battle every step of the way. In one City where we have a new church there are at least 249,000+ people who don’t have any personal relationship with Jesus. The City has a population of 250,000!! And the other leaders in the City are not happy with a new church beginning!!!
So that’s the environment that most church planters in Europe face. That’s why partnership is vital, as I believe our leaders, church planters and churches will only reach their God-given destiny as we network together and really support one another.
Over the next few months I will be speaking in churches and seminars in NZ. Karen and I will continue to oversee the new church plant in our home town, Hope Chapel Cambridge. This new church is progressing exceptionally well.