| ASPIRE » Re:Hope Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 KidTOUGH /?p=659 /?p=659#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:52:15 +0000 brian /?p=659 Continue reading ]]>

Last month Kellie and I hosted Jerry and Jennifer Blanchard from Christ’s Church in Federal Way, WA USA.  They wrote an incredible curriculum for children called KidTOUGH –  We were so blessed by them as they were willing to come over here to Glasgow to help us get it going at Re:Hope as well as Renfrew Baptist where Brian and Shauna Luse serve.

KidTOUGH is the champion of the small to medium size church – its biblical, relevant, easy to use, cost effective, great for volunteers, interactive and purposeful.  The kids LOVE it and it has gone down well with our volunteers.

A big thank you to Jerry and Jen for all their encouragement, leadership, and the fun we had sharing Scotland and our ministry.

Here are some pictures Jennifer took whilst here.


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More Aggressive Boldness /?p=637 /?p=637#comments Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:08:03 +0000 brian /?p=637 Continue reading ]]>

Funny thing about this…

We were strategizing at staff meeting a few weeks ago and Wade Thompson came up with this crazy idea.  ”Why don’t we see how much a super huge add would cost at the Hillhead underground station.”

Not wanting to shoot down his ‘way too expensive and crazy idea’ I said, “Look into it and see how much it would cost.”

It “just so happened” (insert God obviously at work here) that there was an open spot at Hillhead that very next week, and since they had no one for the next two weeks they would cut us a screaming deal if we could get them the artwork in 24 hours.

In the next few hours Wade found an incredibly talented artist (Dave Morrow – and approval for the expenditure.   Crazy.  Along with the big add at Hillhead they were going to throw in a billboard size ad for two weeks at Kelvinbridge (where our church is located.)

Well, they made a mistake, and put our ad at the wrong location.  Instead of Hillhead they put it at the busiest underground station in Glasgow, Buchanan Street.  And now it looks like there may be even more of a blessing.  It seems they are going to try and make their mistake right……… I think this story is on its way to getting even more incredible.

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Aggressive Boldness /?p=633 /?p=633#comments Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:24:16 +0000 brian /?p=633 Continue reading ]]>

Last year our church was in upheaval (relocating a couple times, making bids to purchase the old church building, by reason of relocation needing to cut down to one service and change that service time a few times and basically trying to figure out what we were going to do.)  Practically speaking, we spent a bunch of effort holding things together during that season of disruption.

Our mindset is now changing and people can feel it.  For some, it feels a bit uncomfortable.  For others, it is exciting and refreshing.  This autumn we have committed ourselves to being aggressive and bold in our decisions and our attempt to reach this generation for Jesus Christ.  As a result, we have made many quick changes.  God has opened up some doors that are risky and needing quick answers. As a team, we have attempted to go for it, to try and go after the opportunities we felt God opening before us.

Already we are bearing some good fruit.  Two weeks ago we launched an evening Sunday service with the simple conviction that this “more strategic service time” would help us be more effective at reaching university students.  On Sunday, just before 7pm, I opened the door and was so encouraged by all the people showing up who had never been to our church before.

May God bless our aggressive boldness as we seek to stand at the crossroads of life where people are deciding who they are going to be now that they are away from home.  May God give us a loud and effective voice to declare, “This is the way! Jesus Christ of Nazareth!”

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Blog Craziness /?p=618 /?p=618#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:34:51 +0000 brian /?p=618 Continue reading ]]> I don’t know what is happening but this blog seems to be under alien attack or something.

The look has changed and all my images for the past four+ years have gone missing…

hmmm. I will try to get to the bottom of this soon.

Thank you for your understanding.

And a special shout out to my in-laws who made me aware of this today.


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Thursday Services. /?p=610 /?p=610#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 19:19:03 +0000 brian /?p=610 Continue reading ]]> Well, last night saw the last of our Thursday night services for this academic year.
In October we decided to run with the idea of having a second service, midweek. Although it had an almost experimental feel at the start (will people come? should it resemble or aim to be different to a ‘normal’ service? is it even necessary?) but looking back I feel they have been a real success and a great benefit to the church as a whole. It’s true that they have had a noticeably different dynamic to the regular Sunday services – largely due to the numbers being smaller, but this has in many ways added to the intimate ‘we’re in this together’ vibe.
One of my main concerns as we were first wrestling with the idea of a mid-week service was whether or not it would prove to be too much for those crucial members of Re:Hope who already poured so much time and energy into making the Sunday services work and run smoothly. I’ve been really pleased to see how everyone has show dedication to this from the start and shared the vision and understood the services’ significance and simply got involved! And there’s no doubt that this has been a significant and worthwhile endeavour over the past 7 or 8 months. Many people in our church work jobs where they can’t guarantee weekends off or for one reason or another can’t make the (slightly awkward) 4pm time-slot on a Sunday.

So looking back I’m convinced the Thursday services have been really vital as we continue to grow together towards Christ-likeness and to equip our people for sharing the gospel in Glasgow and further afield. Since October we’ve had teaching on topics such as Holiness as well as studies in books such as Jonah, Luke and Revelation. We’re still in the process of planning for the new school term in September, but given the results we’ve been seeing over the past few months, I’d be surprised if we don’t see the Thursday services make a come back in the fall! (Watch this space!)

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Our New Administrative Assistant! /?p=543 /?p=543#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2010 12:15:07 +0000 brian /?p=543 Continue reading ]]> Since starting Re:Hope here in Glasgow, I have found myself constantly wishing there were more hours in the day. Our building situation has been a major time drainer requiring us to be always on the look-out for a more permanent location. Thankfully, we have gained some stability in Kelvin Stevenson, but with the introduction of a mid-week service in November this has brought a new challenge for myself and the staff. I find myself struggling to keep my head above water.
At the end of 2009, we decided to advertise a part-time administrative position to help alleviate some of the pressure.
Ryan joined us in the 2nd week of January and has taken care of a myriad of tasks – from making the powerpoint presentations for both services each week to writing text for various different websites, designing and printing announcement sheets for each service, ordering office supplies, putting up notice-boards in the office etc etc etc – all duties I was doing myself before he joined us, and duties that were zapping my time and making me feel like I was always trying to catch up! Ryan is Northern Irish and a graduate of the University of Glasgow and has been serving at the church for the last few years.

Having an extra pair of hands on staff has been invaluable and I am finding I can now afford to concentrate more on things like the direction of the church. For the first time since we started Re:Hope we are now looking beyond a 5 year plan and are able to consider what the church will/should look like by 2020 or 2030. We have a few different websites which have been on the back-burner for months now, but which are now roaring to life – I am amazed at how much weve been able to achieve in the last two weeks alone.

I am now able to invest my time in certain aspects of the church which perhaps require attention. I feel that we are in a position to move quickly and effectively in whichever direction God calls us. I am incredibly excited to see what the next few months will bring! We are so thankful for Ryan joining our staff.

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NEW YEAR, NEW OFFICE /?p=531 /?p=531#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:30:15 +0000 brian /?p=531 Continue reading ]]> This week we have stepped into an exciting new era in our churchs story.

Our new office provides us with a permanent base – somewhere to work, hold meetings and prepare for our 2 weekly services.

Once again, God has richly blessed us in providing for our needs. Not only is the office spacious, allowing us plenty of room and a very pleasant location for meeting and working, but it is well equipped (with internet, phones, storage, office furniture etc.).





The team and I are excited to see what the new year will bring – the prospect of having a more permanent base and the stability that this will inevitably bring to our situation.

As I sit here, nervously awaiting the debut of the office prank, I want to thank you all for your prayers and support in 2009 and urge you to keep praying that God would be glorified through our work in Glasgow in the incoming year.

Roll on 2010!

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New Era /?p=508 /?p=508#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:27:04 +0000 brian /?p=508 Continue reading ]]>


Last Sunday marked our first service in our new location, and I must say the building is striking and incredible!

The first thing I noticed when I stood up to start the service was the spiritual brick walls I was constantly fighting through at the Queen Margaret Union felt completely absent. There is something special about worship and bible teaching in a location saturated in years of prayer, bible teaching, and faithful following of Jesus Christ.

My biggest encouragement in this whole process (and there are many) has been the warm and genuine welcome from the leadership of Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church. They exude a love and maturity in Christ that blows me away.

Here are some pictures of our new location. Yes, it is stunning. No, the pews are actually not bad as they are padded and well spaced. God has proven once again that he still hears prayers by doing something so amazing for us and I am filled with joy.





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Whilst Waiting /?p=489 /?p=489#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:06:44 +0000 brian /?p=489 Continue reading ]]> wond.jpg

Yesterday was my birthday! (insert cheering here) And while we are waiting to hear back from the owners of the building about our offer I have been enjoying a fantastic birthday weekend. Nichol and Susan gave me a card with this timely quotation on the front.

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” –Lewis Carroll.

Daring to try what many call impossible.

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Move Week! /?p=468 /?p=468#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2009 16:35:44 +0000 brian /?p=468 Continue reading ]]> 2qudos.jpg

I am quite excited about our new summer venue and yet at the same time am intensely aware at how amazing our old church building has been for us. Our old building is in the perfect location, it is the perfect size, and its just perfect for us. We are still in negotiations about potentially purchasing the building. This will require a lot of prayer and intervention from God.
A few prayer requests for this week:

1. Safety and people to help. Safety as we relocate a church full of things (sound equipment, puppet set, kitchen supplies, etc.) and huge numbers of people to help with the move.

2. The first service in our new location. We have done our best to predict what issues may come up with a new place, but who knows what will happen. We are praying set-up and take-down go great on Sunday, and God moves in a powerful way in people’s hearts, confirming that he continues to go with us wherever we meet.

3. Church purchase negotiations. It has always been my desire to own this old church building of ours. We have tried for 3-4years now to purchase it. In 2006 we made our first offer, but it was sold to someone else. We have made three to four offers since then around the same price which were declined. And now we try again. Please pray!

4. We only have 12 weeks to sort out a more permanent location. If the church purchase does not happen in the next few weeks, we will be needing another location by Sunday September 13.

I have been teaching 1 Peter – It just so happened that LONG before I knew anything about needing to move out of our building the teaching schedule had us in 1 Peter 2 about how WE are living stones Gods building. The right message before a big move. If you want to have a listen to the message you can find it HERE.

God is in the process of doing something. I cant wait to see what He does. Keep praying!

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