At 20schemes, our vision has always been to see churches planted and revitalised in the schemes of Scotland.
These areas might be ones of economic, social & health deprivation but that is not the root problem.
The problem is that there is a spiritual poverty in Scotland and it is at its worst in the schemes.
The only true fix to Scotland’s spiritual poverty is gospel churches planted and revitalised in the schemes, so that saints can live alongside and share the gospel with the people in these communities.
Let Glasgow Flourish…
For the next ten years we are focusing our church-planting and revitalising efforts (not exclusively but especially) in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city with close to 1 million people living in its metro area. Since 1866, the motto of the city has been ‘Let Glasgow Flourish by the preaching of his Word and the praising of his Name’ but as the ‘preaching’ and ‘praising’ began to diminish over the 20th century it was shortened to simply ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’. Today, less than 2% of the people of Glasgow attend a (broadly speaking) evangelical church.
In the schemes of the West (of which there are 97 in Glasgow alone) the picture is even bleaker, with very few healthy gospel churches thriving and reaching out. Glasgow is famous for it’s fun-loving, straight-talking and banter-full Glaswegians… but it’s also notorious for it’s history of gang violence, knife crime and drug addiction.
Glasgow is a great city… but it is a city with a great need… to once again hear and respond to the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Already 20schemes have planted Hope Community Church Barlanark in the east end of Glasgow and are working to revitalise Maryhill Evangelical Church to the north of the city centre.
We are currently in the process of launching our West of Scotland Hub which will help focus and catalyse our work in this part of Scotland. Our vision for the new hub is to:
Work with like-minded churches to
Equip ministry teams and
Support wider ministry
Targeted at the schemes of Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
Work has already begun to recruit and train planters to send to new opportunities in new church plants in Baillieston, Kirkintilloch and Kilmarnock and we have an ever-growing list of contacts and opportunities that are also requesting help. The schemes of Glasgow are ready to flourish by the power of God and His people serving in the schemes!
We need your help!
For this work to launch we need your prayerful, financial and physical support. During our Christmas Challenge we are hoping to raise £/$100,000 – and your money will launch three new church plants and our west of Scotland hub!
It is our prayer that the Lord will provide so that the schemes of Glasgow and the West will once again flourish ‘by the preaching of His word, and the praising of His name’.
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