Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
is to bring God glory by being part of a church planting movement which will transform North London and beyond.
It can feel proud and even a bit silly, to make bold plans - God’s in charge, after all, and he doesn’t need us to get in the way.
But he encourages us to make those plans, provided we do so humbly, obediently, and open to his guidance. Humbly, because the plans are about his kingdom and not ours, obediently, because our sin can easily derail the best of intentions, and open to his guidance because he already knows every inch of the way, where we often only know the next step - if that!
We want to be Worshipping People - we value loving God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength...
So we worship the Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with passion, and His glory is our greatest delight.
We want to be Connected People - we value being a church of love, joy, welcome, hope, forgiveness and encouragement...
So we live in loving community, deliberately acting as members of the Body of Christ.
We want to be Growing People - we value increasing in our understanding of God’s good plan in Jesus, and becoming more Christlike in response…
So we delight in God’s Word, to guide all our belief and behaviour.
We want to be Loving People - we value working out our faith by serving together…
So we encourage everyone to know their gifts, and to have a place
to serve and be served.
We want to be Gospel People - we value sharing our faith together…
So we seek the lost with passion.
We want to be Generous People - we value partnering together for the growth of God’s kingdom…
So we give sacrificially to resource the global growth of the gospel.
What follows is a snapshot of our church vision. See the Planting in Partnership booklet for the detailed plan, laid out by ministry and by year.
IT’S 2025, AT ST JAMES, MUSWELL HILL
As always it’s busy in the week, and buzzing on Sunday. Here’s a snapshot of some people you haven’t met yet:
Alan and Freya are newly married, having met a couple of years ago helping at the Winter Night Shelter. They’re about to move to Afghanistan and this coming Sunday is their commissioning service, as they become our latest World Mission Partners.
Tariq moved to London from Iran. He became a Christian here, and now leads a small Farsi Pastorate in Crouch End.
Mary loves being a secondary school teacher, but feels God’s nudge into more explicitly Christian work. Full-time, part-time, church-based - she doesn’t know. But she’s excited to find out what it might be.
Celia enjoys her work, engages her gifts and passions every day, focusses her company to make a difference for the good, prays for her work and her colleagues, and loves to be generous. With some friends, she has set up a charity to support an orphanage in Brazil.
Simon and Heather are delighted parents of three lively children. They all love Promiseland, but Simon and Heather have particularly appreciated the encouragement they’ve received at every stage of their difficult parenting journey.
Peter and Patricia are empty nesters, who are about to join Operation Mobilisation, to serve on the ship Logos Hope.
Jonathan is surprised to be part of St James. Five years ago he wasn’t a Christian, but the patient example and words of his workmate Neil meant he finally responded to Jesus, was baptised, and now serves on the tech team. Life hasn’t been straightforward for him, and he still battles with big parts of his discipleship, but he’s never regretted his decision for a second.
Eric was living on the streets until a few months ago. But one week he wandered into the Community Café, and found the friends and support he so needed. More than that, he found Christians, who have helped him understand the message of Jesus which makes them want to care for him. Is he a Christian? Not yet! But he loves the simple and clear talks, and the chance to have some healthy food and take the weight off his feet.
Harriet has never been to St James - she goes to The Journey, a church that was planted by St James and now meets in a school in Crouch End. She volunteers at the Soup Kitchen there, modelled on the Muswell Hill version.
IT’S 2050 AND WE’RE CELEBRATING
It’s 2050, and we’re celebrating! There’s a big event at Alexandra Palace, and everyone who is a part of St James has been invited.
The World Mission Partners have been flown in, the members of the ten churches St James has planted, and the seven they themselves have planted, have come along, all meeting together for the first time.
It’s going to be a celebration of wonder and tears, as we’ll hear stories of lives transformed, communities lifted, and one part of North London bearing increasing witness to the Kingdom of God.
As the lights go down, there’s a montage on the screens, with pictures of baptism after baptism happening in all the church plants, and then the band leads us in singing, ‘To God be the glory, great things he has done…’