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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,

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The Poor Problem

This is the second 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

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What Scotland And West Atlanta Surprisingly Have In Common

This is the first 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

Killing Our Sin Before It Kills Us: A Book Review

So, it’s been a while. I can’t remember the last time I wrote a book review on the site. It’s not down to a lack of reading, more a lack of time these days. But,

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Facing A Task Unfinished

** Please note, the venue for this event has been updated to Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, AZ. We apologize for any inconvenience. ** Once again, we’re delighted to be partnering with Keith and Kristyn

Is 20schemes Patronising People By Calling Them Poor?

We have now been church planting full time for just under a year. It has been equally energising and draining. Full of exhilarating highs and desperate lows. We have been encouraged by much needed support,

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Why We Need More Middle Class Churches, Not Less As We Seek To Build Ministry In Poorer Communities?

This is the sixth and final part of a longer conversation on the topic of race and class. Check out part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here. In this video, Mez McConnell, Ian Williamson,

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How Can Richer Churches Help Churches In Poorer Neighbourhoods With Less Resources?

This is the fifth part of a longer conversation on the topic of race and class. Check out part 1, 2, 3 and 4 here. In this video, Mez McConnell, Ian Williamson and Sung Kim

How Can The Evangelical Church Even The Ministry Training Playing Field For Those From Minority Backgrounds?

This is the fourth part of a longer conversation on the topic of race and class. Check out part 1, 2 and 3 here. In this video, Mez McConnell, John Onwuchekwa and Sung Kim talk

Is There Really A Class And Race Problem In Evangelical Churches?

This is the third part of a longer conversation on the topic of race and class. Check out part 1 and 2 here. In this video, Mez McConnell, Ian Williamson, John Onwuchekwa and Sung Kim

Is There A Link Between Black Christians Struggling In The USA And Class Struggle In The UK?

This is the second part of a longer conversation on the topic of race and class. Check out part 1 here. In this video, Mez McConnell and John Onwuchekwa talk about the relationship between the

What Does A Largely White Church In Scotland Have In Common With A Largely Black Church In America?

This is the first part of a longer conversation on the topic of race and class. In this video, Mez McConnell, Ian Williamson, John Onwuchekwa and Sung Kim discuss what a largely white church in

New Video Resource: What Is The Gospel?

We’re delighted to announce the release of our new video resource: What Is The Gospel? At the heart of our ministry is a commitment to the gospel, which sadly is all too often misunderstood, even

GOD: Is He Out There?

We’ve just published a new resource called God: Is He Out There? If God exists, prove it then? If God exists, what does it have to do with me? If all this is true, now

Gospel Transformation & Biblical Counselling 2/2

In Part 1, we saw that there is a problem with a lot of Christian counselling, which puts SELF at the centre. So how do we dethrone self and put Christ in the centre? Who

How Can Wealthier Churches Best Support Churches In Hard Places?

Mike McKinley is senior pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. Formerly, he served on staff alongside Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He’s the co-author, alongside Mez McConnell,

Why Are There So Few Evangelical Churches In Hard Places?

Mike McKinley is senior pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. Formerly, he served on staff alongside Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He’s the co-author, alongside Mez McConnell,

Gospel Transformation & Biblical Counselling 1/2

I want us to begin today thinking about some of the basics when it comes to counselling, the Christian and the local church. Paul Tripp says that very many of us and probably most Christians

Why Are Local Churches The Key To Ministry In Needy Communities?

Mike McKinley is senior pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. Formerly, he served on staff alongside Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He’s the co-author, alongside Mez McConnell,

The Importance Of Long Term Commitment In Poor Areas

Erik Raymond is the senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also has a blog, The Ordinary Pastor, on The Gospel Coalition. In this video, shot at TGC 2015, Erik talks about