Just a simple little post to tell you where to plant your next church!
The map below was part a shocking article in Walesonline yesterday that revealed the true scale of child poverty in Wales. The map colour codes poverty across the principality – green being a low percentage, yellow and orange increasingly concerning and scarlet indicating that 40+% of children are living in poverty. Unsurprisingly, the Welsh valleys scored especially high, including my estate, Trevethin, where 46% of kids are deemed to be living in poverty!!
Why do I share this?
Simple – this is an epic church planting map!! I regularly talk to students and young adults who have a huge heart for the lost and a passion for planting gospel-wielding churches, but haven’t got a clue where to go! The Bible is clear that God’s heart beats for the poor, the broken and the marginalised. Sadly, for many years the church has had a different agenda – opting to focus on setting up shop in city centres, out-of-town industrial estates and leafy suburbs, often overlooking the challenge of taking the gospel to the more difficult, dangerous and desperate communities – the scarlet ones! While I agree that ALL people need reaching – the imbalance is nothing short of scandalous!!
Those who know me will know that I’m kind of passionate about seeing the Welsh valleys littered with churches that preach the truth and shine the light of God’s grace. There are more than enough opportunities to plant
So if you are called/interested/pursuing church planting in South Wales but are still unsure where God would have you do it, can I offer this simple advice:
Pray over this map, then go in the name of Jesus and plant on the scarlet blobs!