Archive for the ‘European Christian Mission’ category

Church Planting Movements in Europe

August 12, 2014

Vista 18 Catching a wave: church planting movements in EuropeDefinitions are not fixed. The meanings of words are always in movement—even the word “movement” itself.

Although it was David Garrison’s work on church planting movements (CPMs) which both popularized the phrase and set off the search for generalizable principles drawn from CPMs around the world, it was Roland Allen who first drew attention to the Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes which Hinder it (1927).

Certainly the language of “movement” has become very popular in recent years. Authors and conference speakers often refer to “missional movements” or “kingdom movements”. Yet it is worth remembering that Roland Allen kept the church at the centre the vision for growth.

Yet here in Europe does it make any sense at all to talk about CPMs at all? Joanne Appleton’s lead article seeks to answer that question. Drawing on conversations with leaders of rapidly reproducing churches and “kingdom movements” she raises a number of crucial issues for reflection.

The remainder of this issue of Vista is given over to case studies of European church planting movements. Darrell Jackson tells the story of the development of a vision for church planting in a traditional denomination, the European Baptist Federation. It is followed by an interview with Peter J Farmer, an influential leader in the Simple Church network.

We then look at two ways in which a mission agency, specifically ECM, the European Christian Mission, has contributed to church multiplication. The first is my own story of supporting a collaborative church planting in the south of Spain. And Stephen Bell concludes the edition with a story of revival in the Balkans where ECM served as a channel for Brazilian and Ukrainian missionaries to support churches.

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Jim Memory

British Director of ECM’s blog builds momentum

August 26, 2010

Kent Anderson, the new British Director for European Christian Mission (ECM), has begun blogging at ‘A Christian in Europe‘ about his personal reflections as he contemplates the new challenges he faces. His latest post is a reflection on the low numbers of evangelicals in Europe. ECM was founded in the 1920s by an Estonian and continues to deploy mainly European missionaries across other parts of Europe.

Kent’s approach is down to earth and reflects the traditional church planting and evangelism concerns of ECM. His posts this week have included reference to the ‘terrorist priest scandal’ in Northern Ireland and a report on church planting in France.

A Lithuanian missionary in the UK

July 30, 2010

It’s a great thrill to be able to report on the work that a former student of ours will commence later this year. Rita is a Lithuanian national who has been in the UK for six years and during that time has completed our BA and is about to finish her MA in Mission Studies. She and her husband Vidas, have been sensing a call to work in the UK among Polish migrants. This is a tough assignment for them as their home churches in Lithuania are not wealthy and therefore not able to offer much in the way of financial support. Secondly, there are real sensitivities surrounding the fact that many Polish migrants have a Roman Catholic background and although they may be less likely to attend Mass after moving to the UK, their background cannot be ignored. Rita will be learning Polish and spending a lot of time trying to understand how best to engage in mission with non-practising Roman Catholic Poles living in the UK.

Rita is a great example of a non-Western missionary working in Western Europe among non-Western nationals! That is the reality of European mission in the 21st century and she will be breaking new ground. She has just set up a new blog for those of you who are interested in following her work. We will also report on it from time to time. See her blog at http://rimkaigloucester.blogspot.com/