Emmanuel Baptist Church, Liverpool
“Hi, my name's Allan and I am the minister of a Home Mission funded church. I've been at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Netherton, on the outskirts of Liverpool for 30 years...
Like many of you reading this I have served faithfully in most areas of church life in my spare time over the years. We had been without a minister for ten years when I became pastor 8 years ago, but the first 4 years I worked as a builder to make this possible, taking a day a week off to concentrate on church. I know how demanding this can be and as the church was growing it was becoming increasingly difficult to balance my dual roles. This is where Home Mission got involved. With the help of our regional ministers and Northern Baptist Learning Community I became a student minister with Emmanuel as my placement church. This was a huge step of faith for both myself and the church (and NBLC!!!) as we were both unsure as to how this would work out financially. Student ministry along with a contextual degree course has allowed me to focus all my energies on being church in one of the most deprived places in the country. The funding we receive hasn't just released me into ministry, something that seemed impossible, but it has also given the church confidence that they can have supported ministry again. This had been a major barrier in the psyche of the church as, given our income and context this seemed improbable.
I am now an ordained minister and church continues to thrive. Mission continues to develop as we seek new ways to serve our community. The biggest issues we face is how to disciple the people who God is adding to us. Our Friday drop-in has become a small community in itself with many attending coming from the margins of our deprived community. Many of these people regularly worship with us on a Sunday and some of them are seeking Baptism. God is truly transforming lives, one day at a time. Our Tiny Tots group is connecting with more and more young families and our children's and youth work is developing with the help of Ykids, a local children's charity, who have placed a gap worker with us for a year.
We are also partnering with The Eden Network, part of The Message Trust as we seek to see God's kingdom principles permeate our community. A mission grant is helping towards this partnership becoming a reality. Eden is an incarnational mission network that work in some the toughest communities long term, to see transformation. Seeking God recently about the future I felt God say; "You don't need a five year plan you need a 40 year one instead" such is the task. We are in the process of becoming a distribution centre for FoodBank and are right at the hub of community improvement initiatives that are currently being shaped through L30 Millions, a 10 year programme of funded improvements to see Netherton thrive again.
It's thanks to Home Mission and the money you give to it, that is making the dreams we have for our community become reality. Thanks to your support ministry hasn't just been enabled but mission has been released.”
Matthew 5: 14+16 “ You are the Light of the World - a town on a hill cannot be hidden… In the same way let your light shine…”
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