Church Partnerships

At 20schemes, we are committed to planting and revitalising Bible-believing, gospel-preaching churches in Scotland’s schemes.

Why? Because a housing scheme is statistically the least likely place in Scotland to have any gospel presence, and we want to change that.

It has been a joy over the past decade to see God’s hand over our work and to see gospel fruit in scheme communities across Scotland.

But we’ve only just begun. And we need your church’s help.

Why partner?

Paul speaks of partnership between churches in Philippians 1:5 as a fellowship. Missions are more than giving and going, it’s a real relationship that flows out of genuine fellowship. Through these relationships between a 20schemes church plant and an established church, we pray that both parties will benefit.

Paul’s prayer for the believers in Philippians 1:9-11 was that:

“…their love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

We look forward to this fellowship between your church and our work, and pray that God will be glorified through it.

What does a 20schemes Church Partnership look like?

Well, it can work one of three ways:

Supporter Church

Your church signs up to regularly pray for and give to the work of 20schemes more generally. We will commit to sending you ways that you can pray for and give to the work of 20schemes, as well as things like leaflets and video/photo content to tell the 20schemes story to your church so it focuses your support. You and your church might want to join in with Scheme Sunday, which is our annual day of prayer for God’s work happening in the schemes of Scotland.

Big Church Little Church

A partnership where a bigger, more established church ‘adopts’ a specific 20schemes church plant with a view to supporting them long-term. It’s important to note here that with this partnership there is a mutual exchange of prayerful, financial and physical support between both churches. For example, Niddrie Community Church has built a strong relationship with a more established and bigger church in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Swansea, where they pray for & give to each other, as well as preach at each other’s church and send ministry teams both ways.

Church Planting Partner

One of the main ways that a church is planted in the schemes of Scotland is through an established church seeking to work with 20schemes to plant or revitalise in a community where they have identified a gospel need. For example, our upcoming church plant in Govan is the joint venture of 20schemes and Harper Church in Glasgow. We are looking for Scottish churches to partner with us to plant or revitalise in schemes that have little or no gospel presence. Could you help?

Find out more

One of the best ways to see how 20schemes is working to revitalise and plant gospel-centred churches in Scotland’s poorest communities is on a Vision Trip. Email Stephen Crenshaw at the link below to find out more about how you can get involved.

We want the relationship between your church and our work to be personal, relational and a partnership in the mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, as laid out in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

To find out more and start your partnership journey with a church seeking to make Jesus known in the schemes, email our Church Partnerships Manager, Stephen Crenshaw.