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Kevin DeYoung

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,

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How Should We Handle It If Somebody Under Discipline From Another Church Starts Attending Ours?

I have done a four part series on the topic of church discipline in earlier posts so I won’t be visiting old ground here (if you want to read it click here). To summarise: As

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Why My First Church Hire Was A Woman, And Yours Should Be Too

When I first moved to Niddrie Community Church almost 10 years ago I spent the first 6 months or so getting to know who was in the congregation (it was very small). I wanted to

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

Complete Strangers

Why You Should Let Complete Strangers Stay In Your Home

For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium [and each man’s home is his safest refuge]. This was established as common law by the lawyer and politician Sir Edward

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

A Transatlantic Elegy For An American Hillbilly

I got a tweet from an American friend a while back. “Give this book a try”, he wrote. “It’s a New York Times bestseller and everybody is going on about it. I’d be curious to

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

Man, I Feel Like A Woman

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,

Old Donkeys Needed!

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

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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

How To Stay Encouraged When You Want To Give Up (2)

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,

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An Update From Our Church Planters In Barlanark, Glasgow

Exactly a year ago we had just come back from our 20schemes staff week away which was our first week of full time church planting. Now, a year later, we are just back from our

How To Stay Encouraged When You Want To Give Up (1)

And apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11) The Christian walk is a battle. Ministry is tough. Leadership is back breaking work.

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,