David and Karen Lavery are heading up the team planting a new church into Wakefield, in the north of England. Wakefield is a historic city of approximately one hundred thousand people, but the wider borough, which incorporates towns such as Pontefract and Castleford, makes it one of the UK’s larger cities with a population of over three hundred thousand. It is a fast growing city and has a large scale house-building project underway. In this blog, they share some of their experiences over the last few months, how God’s been speaking, and how things have moved forward:
Since our last blog post we have been released as a team by our sending church in Ossett as to go and start the new church plant. We had felt God highlight a particular area of the city, called Agbrigg, and we prayed specifically to find a house in the area for us to live in and for the church group to start meeting in. Praise God, we found a house that was exactly what we had prayed for and took possession in late September!
However, the house was in need of a full renovation and we have had almost three months of living in a building site while we have had a complete rewire, as well as new heating, windows, plastering and flooring. We managed to get the major work done by Christmas and were able to start meeting in our home on a Sunday evening for food, fellowship and prayer.
The other development is that we have given our church plant a name – Resurrection Church.
At the start of this journey we received a significant prophetic word concerning the story of Lazarus in the New Testament. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and then instructed the people that were there to remove the grave clothes from him and set him free. In the same way, God has called us as a church to remove the (metaphorical) grave clothes from those he has raised to new life and help them to live the new life fully free and in the fullness of God’s blessing.
Our heart and vision as a church is to fulfil the great commission and make disciples for Jesus, at the same time we want to be a blessing to our city and to work and pray for it’s regeneration and prosperity. So Resurrection was the word that we felt summed up our heart and mission.
We are still building our team and are looking for people to join us in Wakefield for this great project. So, if you are interested and feeling like God is calling you to pioneer something new and exciting then please contact us. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Written by David Lavery