One Mission Society’s mission remains unchanged: to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world including the Republic of Ireland – to fulfil the Great Commission. This is our ONE Mission.
It is estimated that there are approximately 255* evangelical churches in the Republic of Ireland and that almost 60% of these have been established during the last 30 years. In these statistics there is much to be thankful for but as we consider the fact that the evangelical base of the country is less than 1% (below that of Ecuador) there remains much to be done.
Many but not all of these churches and fellowships are made up of believers who are not that long established in their faith and are pastored by folk from other countries who are self supported and to whom the Irish church owes a great deal. Many meet variously in leisure centres, schools and halls which they rent on a weekly basis because they do not have the financial capacity to acquire a building and thus are not able to make a credible statement to the community that they are “permanent”
|Scott Murphy at one of our CPM conferences|
OMS in the Republic of Ireland believes that the best way is the development of the church planting and multiplication strategy. (CPM) OMS wants to encourage a mindset in the Irish Evangelical Church that the planting of a new church should not be seen as an end in itself but rather a “process” whereby that church may in turn plant others. This concept is in its early development in the Republic of Ireland. To date we have held two CPM conferences the first of which was to introduce the 12 principles and the second which was to develop the principles of Fervent Prayer, Abundant gospel sowing and Lay Leadership training. These conferences will continue to be held as we continue to work with pastors and church leaders and encourage them to see themselves as trainers and equippers and to see a broader picture of a nation which is so spiritually challenged.
|Jonathan Morton leading a sessionat a CPM conference|
Will you please join with us in prayer that the pastors and church leaders with whom we partner will begin to see that Ireland can be reached with the gospel as people in churches are trained and equipped to take the gospel to those area with little if any evangelical witness.
Stephen and Esther Williamson – January 2011
(* Statistics kindly provided by our ECC partner Paudge Mulvihill)