Church Planting and Pioneering Initiative
The AMN support these communal expressions of the gospel of Jesus as they emerge and find a home within any denomination, and we celebrate the many traditions and perspectives that come together within our non-denominational movement. We also welcome those who would like to explore being primarily Anabaptist in identity.
Why join Incarnate?
Through the network, there will be opportunities to gather both physically and online to share our practice, resources and encouragement. As Catalyst-Coaches, Barney Barron and Lynsey Heslegrave will draw from their skills and experience to offer appropriate one-to-one coaching, mentoring or accompaniment as you take steps in forming Christian community in whatever shape is right for you. Support will be tailored to your own needs, whether you are new to church planting/pioneering or are very experienced. We will also facilitate space for you to connect with others engaged in the AMN for mutual learning, spiritual formation, prayerful discernment and pastoral support.
Our experience is that church planting can often feel very isolating. As we seek to engage contextually in our neighbourhoods and develop church from the grassroots we can often be misunderstood by the wider Christian community. We hope, therefore, to bring together church planters and pioneers to journey in solidarity, encouraging a deep sense of comradeship in our calling, with genuine support in the times when it is tough and shared celebration when things go well, seeking not to compete and compare but rather be cheerleaders for one another.
As a new initiative for the AMN, we are open to the shape this might take as we humbly seek the guidance and creativity of the Spirit in forming a network held together by shared convictions and common practices. This network will not be defined by doctrinal issues but by a passion for living out Anabaptist values through creating new Christian communities in a post-Christendom world.
In addition to one-to-one and group support, we have strong connections with the Crucible Course, a training programme which aims to equip Christians to follow Jesus on the margins and tackles a range of missional topics in creative ways.
Being part of the emerging AMN church planting and pioneering network does not carry any financial commitment, nor do we require a formal affiliation with the AMN or use of the title Anabaptist. We simply ask that those who feel called to journey with us will be willing to invest in each other through the various forms of mutual sharing we have described, walking with humility, openness and compassion.