We take the Great Commission very seriously and, with good news to share, want to be relevant and sensitive as we do that…using words if we need to! We genuinely want to be good neighbours to our communities – whether those are local or global.
Until early 2020 we had a symbiotic relationship with Whiteinch Transformation, a charity seeking to meet the needs of our local community through Love Whiteinch, Foodbank, Whiteinch Wee Ones, CAP, Hope Connections and Source (a missional outreach and discipleship project working with spiritual seekers). As things have changed, we have continued to partner with local charities and churches in addressing the challenges faced by people in our local community.
We actively encourage our congregation to get involved with local community groups and to serve where God calls them to be. This means that although there are not numerous church ‘activities’ our church community is active being salt and light wherever they can.
A Sending Church
We have also been a ‘sending’ church, training and equipping the body to go to other contexts to minister. We have a long history of building up leaders who are called to serve and lead, both locally and further afield. One of the ways we have facilitated this is through the year-long training course from Forge. This has helped those who have relocated from Whiteinch to different places to establish or re-establish worshipping communities, within Glasgow (currently Possilpark and Ruchazie) and internationally. We stay connected in a variety of ways to those who have been sent from our church.
Outreach and Evangelism
The vast majority of people who come to faith today do so through the witness of their friends and family. We know that relationships are key to reaching out so as a church we want to be equipping each person to share their faith with their friends, family and colleagues. We believe that it is vital to provide ongoing training in personal faith sharing. We look for ways to create steppingstones to help people on the edges of faith move closer to that personal encounter. For many the first step on that journey is to discover that Christians are good and able to help. That is why we believe in demonstrating the gospel before explaining it in words
Over the years we have run Alpha and Youth Alpha for people who are seeking to engage in questions of faith. We have planted missional communities in various contexts, taking the word of God and the good news of Jesus out with us. These have included groups in the gaming community, spiritual seekers, young people and those in addiction recovery.