Ireland is changing. The signs are everywhere, from cities to schools to streets to churches. What was a place where most people looked to the church for meaning and morals has become more and more secularised. Society is changing in a hurry; what does that mean for the Church and its response?
The membership of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has decreased, and the problem is not a lack of churches. Could it be that in that context of dwindling congregations, new expressions of church are exactly what is needed?
Over the past 10 years, a number of Presbyterian churches have begun to examine this. In today's society, with its new priorities and new problems, the Church needs a new response.
Doing it right
In recognising the importance of planting churches in the right way, PCI has assembled a church planting panel. This panel exists to see:
- New life in Christ across this island, north and south, through the planting or re-planting of churches;
- New people trusting in Christ who have a desire and giftedness to lead a planting work;
- New places springing up for planting or re-planting in diverse locations with new burdens and energy for planting to be placed on congregations, north and south.
A number of church planting resources have been produced – postcards and a PowerPoint presentation – and are available for download. An article entitled 'Church planting in Ireland' featured in the Presbyterian Herald and can also be downloaded.