The Birmingham (UK) Church of Christ is looking for a trained ministry couple (evangelist and women’s ministry leader) to coordinate and further equip the leadership team, small group leaders, and the congregation for works of service.
For the past eight years, Andy and Tammy Fleming have been living in Birmingham where they have worked with our congregation, assisted with the strengthening and unifying of the UK congregations, as well as served with ongoing training and in advisory roles with mission efforts in the Middle East and Eurasia. As their youngest child now prepares to enter undergraduate studies in the U.S., the Flemings have prayerfully decided to leave the UK at the end of June 2016 and after a time of sabbatical leave, devote their energies to helping develop elderships and set up Ministry Training schools throughout the former Soviet Union where they had previously lived and labored in the 1990s—they solicit your prayers in these objectives.
The Birmingham Church has a membership of 130 and is a culturally diverse community of disciples. Recent years has seen steady numerically growth (+50) and the revival of the teen and student ministries, as well as seeing significant additions to the Singles and Family ministries. As of September 2015, the congregation includes six baptized teens, nine students, and 10 young adults under the age of 28. The children’s ministry is made up of more than 40 children, of which almost half are young teens and preteens. The Birmingham congregation isfinancially self-supporting and has been building up its financial reserves to help facilitate this transition. The staff positions in the Birmingham church have an extensive support network consisting of the local shepherding team, which supplies like-minded quality friendship, support and discipleship; and also strong links with the UK-wide ministry staff, the London church eldership and the official UK-wide trusteeship since the majority of UK congregations fall under a single charity registration and maintain a shared administrative identity for obvious economic reasons. Ideally, we would like to see a new ministry couple in place by early 2016 so that there could be a five to six month period of overlap with the Flemings before they depart.
Birmingham has historically been considered to be the UK’s second city with a metropolitan area population of almost four million and a city population of more than a million residents. The last few decades have been filled with amazing development projects including a ‘world class’ library, hospital, concert hall, convention centre, central shopping district and other significant upgrades. The University of Birmingham has over 30,000 students and is numbered among the ‘Red Brick’ universities (the English equivalent of the U.S. Ivy League). Other significant institutions include Aston University and Birmingham City University. Birmingham is known as ‘a global city with a local heart.’