Category: New Breed


GOSOWGROWSEND is an event that I have organised with my With my Acts29 Western Europe hat on. Essentially it’s an evening of teaching, conversation and gospel stimulation for all those with a heart for church planting/gospel ministry in Wales. Our guest speaker for the evening is Andrew Heard, the pastor of EV Church in Australia (who is a church planting ninja!) Also contributing will be Andrew’s wife, Cathie, Steve Timmis and myself. Expect great teaching, worship, prayer and answers to whatever questions you may have. We’ll make sure there’s some half tidy refreshments too.

GOSOWGROWSEND is taking place at Woodville Baptist Church, Cardiff and starts at 7pm. The event is completely free of charge (though if anyone wants to support the event by buying me a Lamb Jalfrezi – you’re welcome to!!)

If you want more details, just get in touch.

Hopefully see you there.


Away at Ignition

Last year I went to Doncaster for an Acts 29 church planting conference called Ignition. To cut a long story short, it was an amazing, life-changing conference (you can read about it here). During those 3 days I was encouraged, envisioned and able to form friendships with other Acts 29 planters that have developed into strong bonds of brotherhood. I now count many of these brothers as some of my best friends in ministry, cos they just get it!!

Anyway, today I’m off up north again for the second Ignition conference. This year I don’t go as a curious delegate but as a privileged member of Acts 29 having successfully navigated the church planter assessment process. I’m looking forward to renewing friendships, receiving good teaching and contributing where I can too. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with my good friend and Hill City co-planter Ben Franks who is joining me for the trip.

Please pray for us both, that God would speak to us and give us a greater sense of purpose, destiny and urgency for church planting in Wales.



Ignition: #a29WE Gathering of Church Planters

So after a whirlwind couple of weeks I’ve finally managed to grab a bit of time and space to reflect on things, not least the Ignition conference I attended in Doncaster last week. In a nut-shell, Ignition was immense! I hesitate to use the phrase ‘life-changing’ as I’m well aware of my tendency to exaggerate, though in this instance, I don’t think it would be an exaggeration.

Here’s how it went down:

After a stupidly early start on Tuesday and travelling on 4 different trains, by the time I eventually arrived in Doncaster, I was utterly shattered (newborn twins and less than 3 hours sleep the night before hadn’t helped!) However, within minutes of getting off the train I bumped into my Scottish buddy Neil MacMillan (who I had done Acts 29 coach training with in January) and straight away I was enjoying celtic brotherhood. We then hooked up with Canadian Dan, Claus from Denmark and Kristoffer from Norway, and as we chatted together in the taxi, en route to Bawtry Hall, international brotherhood was already being forged.

To be honest, I reckon for many of us that was perhaps the most important element of the whole conference. Sure we had some warm, wise words from Steve Timmis and Richard Coekin dropped by to bless us with some helpful and insightful teaching. We ate good food, drank copious amounts of coffee and watched Man Utd beat Rangers down the local pub. But what blessed and affected me most of all was simply hanging out with, listening to and learning from brothers who are engaged in gospel warfare on the frontline of various cultures and contexts from right across Europe. There were nearly 40 of us there from all over Europe, so on the first evening when it was announced that we would ALL be sharing a bit about the work we were involved in, I must confess my initial thought was “this is gonna take chuffin’ ages!!”

With hindsight, however, it was a stroke of genius.

As man after man, from trench after trench stepped up and shared the story of how God had led them on a church planting adventure, often despite huge discouragement and considerable opposition – you could almost tangibly feel the respect, the love, the brotherhood developing amongst us. It’s seriously nuts how after just 2 days, every one of these men now feels like a brother to me – I feel like I could wage war alongside any and every one of them.

Another thing I loved about hanging out with the Acts29WE boys was the unity. We all worshipped the same Christ, loved the same gospel, shared the same theology (and had the same iPhone!!) One of the hardest things about planting a church is the loneliness that you can sometimes feel – the sense that while you’re surrounded by people, no one really gets what it feels like to be at the helm of pioneering a gospel community, or the reality what it’s cost you and your family to do so. The Acts29WE boys clearly do get it, and I value that immensely.

Another thing I really appreciated about Ignition was the way that it gave me a fresh sense of perspective. I so quickly forget that there is a world outside of Trevethin, and that there are other men out there who are slogging their guts out for the glory of King Jesus, who could also do with prayer, support and encouragement! Ignition stirred me up to remember that I’m engaged in a war that stretches far beyond my little trench here in the Welsh valleys!

Which leads me to my closing thought. It’s so easy to look at Europe as a secular continent, shrouded in darkness and vehemently opposed to the gospel. What I took from Ignition, however, was the encouragement that quietly, strategically, below the radar, God has been planting gospel communities right across Europe who are committed to illuminating the darkness with the irresistible light of Christ. He will build His church and the very gates of hell can’t stop what He’s doing!

God’s doing some epic stuff here in Europe.

I’m humbled and honoured to be part of it!

(Big thanks to Steve Timmis, Gary Aston and Naomi Johnson for organising it all!)

Off To Donny To Get Ignited

At 7:46am tomorrow (23rd) I’m jumping on a train to go to Doncaster for Ignition. Ignition is a gathering of European church planters that has been organised by Acts29WE. It will feature teaching from Steve Timmis and Richard Coekin and is essentially the formation of a core group of planters who together will be spearheading Acts 29’s strategic mission to plant churches across Western Europe…

…and I’m the Wales guy!

It’s phenomenally humbling to even be considered, let alone invited to be part of this group of guys. I’m going to be with them in Doncaster until Thursday and can’t wait to fellowship, learn and glean as much as I can from this crew of experienced planters and gospel practitioners.

I’d value your prayers for my time at Ignition as I don’t want to go and just make up the numbers. I’m going because I genuinely believe that Ignition is timely and immensely significant for what we’re doing with New Breed/Acts 29 and the planting of gospel proclaiming churches in Wales. I’d also value your prayers for my family as it’s the first time I’ll have left them overnight since the twins were born. Praise God for Shel’s mum who’s staying with them, and thank God for the saints of Hill City who are cooking meals for them all while I’m away!

May God use Ignition to ignite fresh passion and a purpose in my heart for His glory here in Wales.

Taking No Man’s Land

Those who follow me on Twitter or check-in on the New Breed blog will know why I’m incredibly excited about tomorrow (Saturday 20th November). In a nut-shell, New Breed are in Cardiff hosting Taking No Man’s Land – our biggest and best Welsh church planting conference to date, and we are delighted to have our friend Steve Timmis as our speaker for the day. Steve helps to lead the Crowded House in Sheffield, serves as the Director of Acts29 Western Europe and is generally a legend! I’m also personally looking forward to teaching a seminar on the subject of The Noble Art of Unleashing Gospel Ruckus.

We’re anticipating a really good turn out and it’s our prayer that many of the young men and women who attend will be encouraged, equipped and compelled to plant light-giving churches in the darkest corners of Wales! Most of the event info is on the flyer below, though you can also check out the events page of the New Breed website.

If you’re passionate about seeing gospel-wielding churches planted in Wales, then please do come along – it’d be great to see you. Otherwise, please pray for the event and for all who attend and contribute.


Buzzin To Be Part Of Acts 29

If you hadn’t worked out from my last post – I’m buzzin that New Breed is now officially working in partnership with Acts 29!  Anyway, I went to the A29 website yesterday and got the shock of my life – I’m on it! They even quoted me in the title: UK Church Planters Are “Buzzin’ about the gospel”

Anyway, here’s the vid and the 3 other church planters who I was training with last week.

Happy days…

I’m Back & I’m Buzzin!

stevie tWell I’m back after a thoroughly enjoyable 4 days in a strange city (Sheffield) in a foreign country (England!) to learn the art of coaching church planters with Scott Thomas and Steve Timmis of Acts 29. There will be a more detailed post to follow, but I thought I’d do a quick report while it’s still fresh. So highlights of the trip were as follows:

  • I got there safe and well without getting majorly lost – so my new Sat Nav app for my i phone works!
  • I was staying with an awesome couple called Steve and Naomi who made me feel incredibly welcome and let me drink coffee whenever I wanted!
  • I got to meet and hang out with church planters from every corner of the UK, and while it’s fair to say that I’m from a completely different planet to most of them, there was a strong sense of mutual respect and commitment to the mission of church planting in the UK.
  • I slept an average of more than 8 hours per night for 3 nights! I’d forgotten what that much sleep felt like.
  • God spoke to me clearly and powerfully through His Word during my quiet times.
  • Through the coaching sessions and general fellowship with good men God has challenged me to make some big changes in my personal and missional priorites.
  • Perhaps most exciting of all, I can now announce that Acts29 and the New Breed Network are now officially working in partnership together in the planting of cutting-edge gospel loving churches in Wales. More about that soon, including a series of video blogs from Scott Thomas, leader of Acts29.

However, while the trip was both life-changing and strategic, I missed my family like crazy (it was the longest I’ve ever been away from them!) so trust me – I’m buzzin to be back!