Following the success of Exponential Conversation: ‘Becoming 5’, LAUNCH Church Multiplication Catalyst (in partnership with Exponential) will gather hundreds of leaders from across Europe, tired of looking at empty nets in our continent and culture; to go where nobody else is going, and to do what nobody else is doing, to reach those we are not yet reaching.
Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1AB
In the early 1900’s, 70% of the world’s Christians lived in Europe. So much has changed! However, I and many others are convinced that world and national events are working together with what God is doing, to bring about the greatest opportunities in history for the church.
Let’s take where I live as an example: Manchester, England. Dr. Peter Brierley, the leading authority on these statistics, in his ‘UK 2010-2020’ report states that, if present rates continue (total UK membership of churches in 2015: 5,370,000) will be at 4,790,000 by 2025. However, he notes that where growth is occurring it happens “primarily because each is continuing to plant new churches.”
The business world talks about red and blue ocean strategies. In the Red Ocean there’s blood in the water as the sharks fight over a dwindling shoal. The Blue Ocean is when an organisation goes where nobody else is going, to reach people nobody else is reaching.
In Luke 5 Jesus challenged Peter to put out from the shoreline. Sometimes it’s easier to stay safe in the shallows, where we can see and touch the bottom. We resign ourselves to where we’re at, even though it feels like we’re going nowhere. Peter had been doing everything he knew to do. Working hard, tiring himself out. Much effort, little effectiveness! He was frustrated, exhausted.
What do you do when what used to work, doesn’t work – however hard you work it?
Whenever Peter did what Jesus said, where and how he said it, the resultant catch was so great he always needed help to haul the catch, and partners to bring more boats to land it. I would love to invite you to join us at what could be a turning point event that changes the way we see, think and act with regard to church planting in Europe.
We will go to the deeper waters, get bigger nets ready, and learn how to work better together as fishers of people!