On Sunday 29th October we hosted our first public event as a church plant. As we are a small team we needed to enlist a lot of help from friends [*credits below] but it was a great feeling to make a positive statement about who we are, what we believe, and what we are dreaming of.
We hired a room above one of Munich’s most iconic beerkellers hoping to make the statement that though we are an international team we desire to plant a German church! So the location was stunning and we did our best to put together a programme that pointed to God and communicated about his heart for the city of Munich and the nations.
We were enormously blessed by a team of 8 wonderful individuals from Trinity Church London. For 48 hours before our event hey prayed, they prophesied, they walked the streets, they sat in cafes, they encouraged, they connected with people – anything to build the kingdom of God. Thank you!
Quite simply, the amount of people who came to help us and support us was the most encouraging thing that could have happened to us. Of the 35 people who attended, 26 were there because they were helping or providing moral support. Thank you so much to each one of you.
The other 9 people were also wonderfully encouraging, and the reason that we are here in Munich. They were diverse in nationality (Malaysian, American, Montenegrin, German, Russian) and all there for different reasons. Our sincere and deep prayer is that we can remain in contact with them and support them on their discipleship journey.
We hope this event will be regular but it certainly won’t be frequent. The nitty gritty of what we do as a church planting team is meeting with people individually, informally and semi-formally. We really believe that the work of discipleship in this post-christian era is achieved through spending quality time with people, not through getting people to attend church meetings. With this in most of our activities for the rest of this academic year will all take place in cafes, bars, work places and round dining tables.
Nevertheless, we are planning similar events in January, April and July. Please do consider coming out to help us with these. We are especially low on numbers supporting us for the January mission weekend (11-14th).
To whet your appetite here is a little video that Anya put together:
*With thanks to:
Trinity Church London
….everyone who came along to support us
….everyone who prayed and sent encouragements
….and of course the Gateway Church Munich team!
Looking good! God bless you lots as you step out for Him. Praying that your church grows as big as your vision and beyond!
Love the video!