Monday, 21 September 2009
Angels on the Walls
This is the title of a book I read recently. It tells what happened in a church in a Birmingham council estate. When Wallace Brown took over the church it had a few elderly people attending it and it was surrounded by barbed wire to keep the gangs from destroying the building. As Wallace tried to make the church more relevant to more people he saw the numbers at the church drop even further. The book tells us how the church grew to be a thriving witness to the community with members of all ages and an enthusiasm for reaching out. I am pleased to say this is not just a Christian success book but tells of many failures and suffering on the way to growth and during growth. It shows insight into the sort of problems a growing church can have. One thing that was highlighted to me as I read the book was the boldness of Wallace and his group of helpers. They took big risks and believed in God’s provisions. Our churches in Filey are very different from the one in the book but I am sure there is a very important lesson to be learned in being persistent in prayer and taking big risks in obedience to God. There were many surprises in the book!