End of an era for Church Planting Initiative – April 2019

Church Growth Trust has been one of the four organisations behind the Church Planting Initiative, which has operated over the last 20 years, to put church planting back on the map for independent churches. A decision was taken in September 2017 to transfer the church planting work of CPI to Counties in England and Wales and GLO Europe in Scotland and Ireland.

The final gathering of CPI church planters (past and present) took place on 20 March 2019 at Forest Community Church in Cinderford. This was one of the most successful church plants supported by CPI and therefore an appropriate location for CPI to celebrate the last 20 years.

The Chief Executive of Counties (Martin Erwin) and the Chief Executive of GLO (Stephen McQuoid) spoke at the gathering, setting the vision for the future of church planting work under their organisations.

A final trustees’ meeting of CPI took place later in the day and it was agreed that Church Growth Trust would continue as the corporate trustee of CPI, in order to receive any legacies that may be given to CPI in the future.