Five Year Plan for Norwich, England
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them [Norwich] is for their salvation! (Romans 10:1 HCSB)
Norwich is a city in England with about 150,000 people. This city is dear to my heart because I spent most of my life there and that is where my parents reside, most of my relatives and many friends. I feel that God could be opening a window of opportunity for me to go back and save my parents while they are still alive and bring a light of hope to a paganistic society.
I see three different phases to this mission:the traditionalist and holistic approach, campus outreach and missions.
Will consist of reaching out to the traditionalists having a Sunday morning house church services for those who are in their 30′s +, this will be a rental property in town. This service will be upbeat but will not isolate the elderly. The church will focus on local community needs and outreach.
The second phase is to reach out to the postmodernist’s (20′s): Our plan is to live by the university. The University of East Anglia (UEA) has approximately 12,000 students. This will ensure constant connection with the youth. We plan to build a Christian community without a building. The plan is to invite people to Jesus not Church. The Green initiative is cult like in Europe! We will invite people to help us with the poor projects in the city and some beatifying projects locally. The focus will be that, “you are the church and the church goes with you.” We will be unified through relationships and the Spirit of God. We will have a meal every Sunday night, break bread and share what Jesus had did in our lives that week. This will be an open time of sharing a scripture from one’s time with God and encouragement. This type of gathering will be more organic in its approach thereby will make the Gospel more attractive to the British people.
I am considering starting a house church movement but the houses are very small and people in England are not accustomed to hospitality unless it is family. If we convert people in remote areas we will probably set up this type of church. This will logistically relieve the tension from the main body.
Five Year Plan
The first step is to connect with the London Church. I have spoken to the evangelist in the Region that oversees that part of the country. He is willing to house us initially and we will get some temporary housing for one school year (Sept-July). During this time of adjustment we will set up a small mission team (with kids the same age as ours), get trained and possibly get more funding. We will work with the church to organize a mission team. With that, we will encourage people to move and find jobs in Norwich as well as reconnect with any relatives or friends. The church will go out in the summer of 2011.
We will find a house to rent and then start building a community of relationships. Starting off as a house church and as the church grows looking for rental properties for worship or expand as a house church movement. Start working with the local authorities to established a holistic christian community center. This center will take the homeless off the streets, housing them, teaching life skills, and with my pastoral counselling degree helping their emotional and spiritual well being. Equipping these individuals to live functional lives in society.
Starting a campus ministry. Estabish campus ministries at the University of East Angilia (12,000) and Norwich City college (20,000). Once the traditional church reaches about 50-100 look to spilt it. Splitting the traditional setting will always keep a sense of mission and will make the church more assessable to other communities in the city (In England, 2-3 miles of a commute can deter people from going to church). These churches could also start by remote house churches and seeing where the Spirit is moving. The Leader must be trained and empowered to lead these new plantings. During this time we might have to re-evaluate mission funding due to the growth of the church. My involvement by year three will be more training and oversight.
Year Four and Five:
By this time, we should have a sizable campus ministry with several international students. Our vision will be to encourage the international graduates to go back to their nations of origin and help strengthen any existing churches we may have or help to establish new missions. The world renowned Cambridge University has no campus ministry; the impact of a vibrant ministry there could have world impact. I have family in Ipswich, seeing a ministry there would be an answered prayer too!
Thanks for participating in the dream.