Messy Church

Posted by Craig Borlase on 24 July 2015

Starting a new church in a new city is giving Tim Hughes plenty to think about. Like who it’ll be for.

“The new location is off road called Broad Street, the drinking epicentre of Birmingham. Every Friday and Saturday thousands of young people come out and get bladdered. My vision is that our church can be a place where these guys come and their lives are changed.”

And then there’s the how. Tim and the team have a hunch that their church is going to be a place where God uses the unusual and unlikely people to bring in something more of His kingdom, the sort of people you might wonder how Christianity could ever take root in, but who end up becoming amazing leaders and visionaries.

“That means it will be more messy than I might feel comfortable with, but we want to let go of control,” says Tim. “It can be easy to get so focused on the excellence of things that it becomes hard to nurture something organic and beautiful. So maybe it’s going to mean giving away some of the professionalism of things I’ve been a part of too.”

New starts. Blank pages. Eyes and heart wide open. Old ideas held lightly. Sounds like just the kind of adventure God holds open to every single one of us from time to time.

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