Neil Powell addressed the Planting Collective conference in May 2019 and this was his final point of a weighty message: —————— For 2000 years God
Explicit gospel ministry – We glory in the gospel of God, the word of his grace, Christ crucified. We treasure the good news of God’s sacrificial gift of his Son to make hell-deserving rebels his children; the news of the Bridegroom winning his bride the Church by a bloody dowry; the news of the King, punished in the place of his sinful people, risen victorious to rule, give life by his Spirit and return as Judge; the news of the righteous dying for the unrighteous to bring us to God. We believe that people are saved from destruction and grow in Christ by the verbal proclamation and application of this gospel.
Bible-driven ministry – We trust in the inerrancy and sufficiency of the God-breathed Scriptures. This is where we see the glory of God in the face of Christ. This is where the power to change lives and build the church is found. We are committed to training and leadership and church planting that works with an open Bible, carefully and prayerfully listening to the meaning in the text, humbly sitting under God’s authority, wanting to be continually reformed by his Word, seeing how the Word speaks into every area of life and 21 century culture. We desire churches centred on, ruled by and delighting in the Word; where the unfolding of the Scriptures and driving home of their implications is what equips all other ministries.
Valuing ethnic and cultural diversity – We believe that to reach a very diverse city demands diverse churches with diverse leadership. We do not make diversity an end in itself but we recognise our common humanity, the theme of ‘every nation’ all through Scripture and the Lord’s work in wining people and raising up leaders from every culture. We long for many more churches which display the glorious wisdom of God through a gospel-wrought diversity. We are committed to developing leadership training which is culturally intelligent, which hears from diverse voices, is led by diverse leaders and which goes back continually to listen to Scripture together to discern where our practice of planting and church leadership has become unhelpfully culturally conditioned.