The Crowded House | Sheffield, South Yorkshire
- Steve Timmis
- Feb 4, 2010
- Series: Church Profiles
Planter Profile: Steve Timmis
Briefly describe your story of your call to plant a church
A growing conviction about the growing majority of people in the UK (a deeply and aggressively secular society) who have rejected traditional church. They need reaching with the gospel, and as church planting is the most effective evangelistic strategy ever, it was a no brainer!
What were the biggest challenges you faced in planting your church (and/or currently facing)?
Perseverance. Godliness. Pride. Despair. Indifference.
How did you become involved with Acts 29? What have been the biggest benefits of being in the network?
Invited to speak at a Seattle Boot Camp in 2007. Seeing good men planting churches, and helping others to plant churches.
What advice do you have for men who are wrestling with the decision to plant?
If God has gifted you, given you a passion for his glory above your own, and you long to see the fame of Jesus spread then do it. Seek godly counsel and with much prayer, start the process.
How do you pastor your family?
Outside of the Bible, what is the most helpful book you have read for church planting?
Through persuading people of this vision
What are some examples of God's grace that you have seen in your life and/or the life of your church?
Growth in grace. Forgiven sinners reveling in their identity in Christ. Young people giving up their small ambitions for the sake of Christ and his kingdom.
How can we pray for you?
For grace upon grace
The Crowded House
Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Launch Date: May 2005
Mission, Vision, Values of Church
Please see www.thecrowdedhouse.org/?q=ourvalues
What is your philosophy of community in your church and what does that look like practically in your church? Of evangelism?
We believe all believers are called to a dual fidelity to the gospel word and the gospel community. Which is why community is integral to who we are and all we do. This conviction expresses itself in ordinary Christians living ordinary lives together with gospel intentionality.
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