Across our Baptist Together family there are an increasing number of churches that are growing fast, and seeing people reached with the good news of Jesus in escalating numbers. These churches want to help other churches grow.
WHAT IS FIRESTARTERS?
Firestarter conversations are intentionally small, two day forums. Leadership teams gather to listen to the stories of growing Baptist churches, to learn the lessons of how God is at work, and to commit together to action. Part funded by our national body, working in partnership with associations, they are having tangible gospel impact on our local churches.
WHO HOSTS FIRESTARTERS?
The ‘growing churches’ that are working together to host the Firestarter community are real churches made up of real people in very real and diverse situations – and yet the growth in new followers of Jesus and baptisms is unusual. Few, count as a ‘large’ church. But God is reaching unexpected amounts of people through them.
Firestarters is about growing churches helping grow churches, together.
FIRESTARTERS WORK EXCELLENTLY FOR:
Staff and/or leadership teams, especially of lay people and volunteer leaders, to spend 24 hours together with the expectation of fresh energy and renewed vigour.
Ministers coming along to be inspired, challenged and re-invigorated in what God might do with their leadership.
To bring emerging leaders to for an early experience of churches that are growing fast.
Small churches needing a reminder that it is churches just like theirs God is using.
Regional or translocal leaders wanting to connect with churches in the midst of significant growth.
Larger churches feeling stationary or stagnated and wondering why.
Churches with good momentum and wanting to capitalise on that.
Firestarters is partly funded by Baptists Together as part of their central vision to see “Growing healthy churches in relationship for God’s mission.” Whilst most of the churches that attend are Baptist Churches we do welcome church leaders from all denominations.