Anglican Church-planting in England 2018-03-15T17:30:42+00:00

Do you feel called to plant a church? 

We want to help you. The Free Church of England stands ready to help you fulfill your God-given call.


Define your vision and strategy.

Create a prayer network for your work.

Review your church planting prospectus.

Find ways to impact your community with gospel-center strategies.

Strengthen your marriage.

Stewardship and accountability.

Develop effective communication skills.

Receive personal mentoring, real encouragement and spiritual support.


We will assist planters, churches, and dioceses in planting sustainable, healthy new churches for the glory of God.


Cultivate an environment for church planting by encouraging each of these to engage their communities.


Recruit and enlist church-planters to participate in a new effort to reach England for Christ.


Equip, raise up and encourage church planters and planting more healthy anglican churches in England.


Establish and promote a strategy of church multiplication for this generation.

Church-planting Stages

A Great Commision Cell is where fewer than ten people are interested in joining the FCE, but they are not in a position to have a regular worship location, an ordained minister, and a full mission plan. The group gathers for prayer, worship, and mutual support. This is a way we acknowledge Great Commision Cell groups regardless of size, honor people’s faithfulness, and come alongside them to help focus their energy towards the possibility of growing towards becoming a mission congregation.

This is a more organized group that has regular meetings at a mission site, such as homes, coffee shops, and other available spaces. Most Great commision Communities do not have an ordained minister but are lay led (lay reader). The main emphasis is to gather for worship, Bible study and prayer. This is an effective way of expanding the Christian faith without front-loading a mission plant with the burden of renting or owning worship space. AGreat commision Communities may begin with a small group of committed Christians in an area where no church exists, or it may be planted by an existing congregation branching out into a local neighborhood under the leadership of the mother congregation. The goal of aGreat commision Communities is not necessarily to grow into a larger congregation that requires its own building. Rather, aGreat commision Communities focuses on discipleship and depth.

The main mark of a Mission Church is that it is a very mission-driven group that is larger than a Great Commision Community, usually having 30 or more members. A Mission Church has a worship site, a mission plan, a mission budget, and a core group of leaders. Meeting several times a week for worship, Bible study, and prayer, they have strong lay leadership but usually do not have a called mission pastor. The group doesn’t own its own building but intentionally uses rented space for the sake of reaching out.

A local congregation is where all the infrastructure of a congregation is in place: mission site, an ordained minister, mission plan and a significant level of self-sufficiency with a goal of becoming a fully organized congregation that is incorporated into the FCE. Local congregations are the most organized and structured form of church plant.