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First Phase Church Planters Weekend

Last weekend, I was in Southern Germany helping on a training weekend for first phase church planters. It was great to be with 35 people from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands who are all about to go church planting or are in the first phase of gathering and getting ready to launch on Sundays.

Maurice Nightingale taught on values based church planting – each church may have a different style of how they do things, but we carry the same DNA of values, the things we hold dear. Hugh Pearce from Colchester taught on how to gather, Phil Whittal from Stockholm on vision. I took a session on how to launch well and then Rob & Liz Glover did two sessions on team personality profiles (can you believe I come out as an extrovert/feeler!) and being a family on a mission. Mark Andrews taught on how to do a SWOT analysis. In the evening I lead a prayer and ministry time to bring a sense of impartation and freedom to live in the good of what we had learnt – I love doing those!

It was such a blessing to help planters get ready. I also loved meeting Nathan and Rada Adams who are planting in Munich and will be launching early next year. They a looking to plant a multi-cultural church called The Gateway! We’ll be organising a Gateway Church trip to help them make a big noise in the city during the February 2019 half term, just before their Sunday launch – more on that soon. Hope many of us can go on that trip. It would be great to take loads of us to help them for a weekend.

Lastly one of the “hardest” things about these trips is that you have to eat whatever is put before you… 😉



Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin