All posts by Mike Stark

Mike has been on the staff team at Niddrie Community Church since 2007, and Communications Manager for 20schemes since March 2014. Prior to NCC, Mike worked for Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh as their youth worker, and in corporate insolvency at KPMG. He has an MA(Hons) in English Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Youth Work with Applied Theology from International Christian College in Glasgow.

New Church Plant in Bingham and Magdalene

Bingham and Magdalene are schemes to the north of Niddrie in Edinburgh. We’ve been in discussions with a small church in Bingham called Southfield Hall about revitalising the work there and have had a team

Why Is The Christian Life So Hard? An Excerpt From ‘WAR: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?’

This post is adapted from the first chapter of WAR: Why Did Life Just Get Harder? by Mez McConnell, available on the 20schemes Store where all sales directly support the ministry. The early years Meet

Is God anti-gay? A Conference With Sam Allberry

It’s the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different

New Church Plant In Aberdeen

We’re delighted to welcome Lewis and Rosie Campbell to 20schemes. Lewis is looking to plant a church in a community in Aberdeen called Torry. We put some questions to Lewis and Rosie this week to

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Why Kevin DeYoung Loves 20schemes

In March of 2016, Kevin DeYoung, author and senior pastor of University Reformed Church (East Lansing, Michigan) visited Niddrie Community Church to meet some of the members and check out 20schemes. In this sort video,

20schemes Christmas Challenge Fund 2016

After the success of last year’s Christmas Challenge, which brought in nearly $20,000 for gospel ministry in Scotland’s poorest communities, we’re again asking you to consider supporting 20schemes this Christmas time with the Christmas Challenge

Announcing 20schemes Weekender February 2017

We’re excited to announce that 20schemes will be running another Weekender mini-conference in February 2017 at Niddrie Community Church. Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February 2017 This follows on from our previous sell-out Weekenders. It

Learning How To Do Church In Scotland's Schemes

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

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Gentrification

This is the third part of a longer conversation we had in May 2016, discussing the differences and similarities in contexts and issues between Niddrie, a housing scheme in Scotland, and the hood in West

Announcing 20schemes Weekender – end of September 2016

We’re excited to announce that 20schemes will be running another Weekender mini-conference this September/October at Niddrie Community Church. 30th September – 2nd October 2016 (Fri – Sun) This follows on from our previous sell-out Weekenders,