How we doubled in size in two years!
An AoG church in Staffordshire has doubled in size in two years and has recently celebrated its fifth baptism in as many months.
Renew Church, formerly Uttoxeter Pentecostal Church, meets in the town’s old cinema and is now seeing almost 200 regulars on a weekly basis. Much of the growth has come as a result of several Alpha courses, says senior pastor Matthew Murray, who moved to Uttoxeter in 2015 with wife Becky.
Matthew said: “Whilst we’ve had some transfer growth, we’ve seen lots of people find Jesus too. In February we were challenged to believe God for a baptism every month – we booked one in March with no one signed up, yet we ended up with five people. It’s continued with a steady flow into April, May, June and July.
“In March we booked a local photographer to come and take photos of an outreach event combined with a baptism. Amazingly, she responded to the gospel that night and was baptised along with her husband in April. They have four children and all are now in church every week worshipping Jesus.
“We do a lot of weekly activity in our community and it seems like the hard work and prayer is now bearing fruit. God’s desire is that none should perish and we know that this is just the start of something incredible.”