Well, nationally, the FIEC lists Wolverhampton as one of the top 10 strategic places where there is a need for more gospel churches. Locally, the Birmingham Collective has seen 20 churches planted in the last 10 years and prayerfully hopes to facilitate the planting of a further 30 in the Birmingham Metropolitan Area, including Wolverhampton, by 2030.
The reality is that for a city of more than 250,000 people like Wolverhampton, there are simply not enough gospel churches. In fact, the whole region to the north and west of Birmingham is extremely underserved by healthy gospel churches. Our prayer and desire, therefore, is to see not just one church planted, but to contribute to a whole movement of local and regional church planting.
“But”, you say, “shouldn’t you focus on planting one church first?“
Maybe, but a radical vision has a way of keeping us on our knees, seeking the Lord, and relying on the Holy Spirit’s leading and power.
And since this model of planting and reproduction seems to flow right out of Jesus’ own model, we figure we’re on the right track if we start there (Matt. 28v18-20; Acts 1v9; Eph. 4v11-16 – disciples who make disciples who plant churches that plant churches, and so on).