Not beating about the bush, let me give you this blog in a sentence: Thanks SO much for supporting our church plant. But unless you’re local to Gracemount, please, please, please DON’T come to our church launch on Easter Sunday. We are really grateful to so many people and churches – both locally and globally […]
It’s Monday morning; the staff and interns are bleary-eyed from the weekend past, sleepwalking through their morning routine, all thanks to 10 days of intense activity which, on the run up to it, was prophetically dubbed ‘radge-week’ (“radge” | adjective: an informal Scottish term meaning wild, crazy or violent). This was now our third Weekender […]
We had our first ever ’20schemes Women’s Training Day’ on Tuesday. It’s something that has always been intended but seemed an impossibility to make a reality; to bring all the busy wives and women in ministry, (many of whom are mothers), to one location during the day for teaching, fellowship and lunch. But it is […]
I once heard the story of a people group in somewhere like the Himalayan mountains who used donkeys to carry their belongings and supplies. Their journeys often traversed narrow mountain-passes where treacherous precipices guaranteed fatalities should someone put a foot wrong. When introducing younger donkeys to the arduous task of carrying the heavy loads and […]
This is the second part of a post we started last week. If you missed it, here’s the link. We were thinking about the fact that the Christian life is a battle, ministry is tough, and leadership is back-breaking work. But in the Bible, Jesus give his followers encouragements to keep us in the game. […]
The Christian walk is a battle. Ministry is tough. Leadership is back breaking work. The Apostle Paul wrote this in 2 Corinthians 11:28 after remembering a whole list of sufferings he’d been through. “And apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:28) […]
This post is adapted from Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley. Between my time church planting in Brazil and my work now in Edinburgh in one of Scotland’s most deprived housing schemes—a mixture of social housing and low-income homeowners—I have […]
At 20schemes we offer summer internships which have proved to be very popular and are vastly over subscribed. Each year we wade through many applications, weeding out any potential muppets and giving priority to our church partners or people who have been on previous mission trips. They arrive mid June all fresh faced, bushy tailed […]
The 20schemes Weekender was Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June 2015 at Niddrie Community Church. This is the session video from session 5: Diversity in the Local Church by Andy Constable.
The 20schemes Weekender was Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June 2015 at Niddrie Community Church. This is the session video from session 4: Women in the Local Church by Sharon Dickens.