Hi! I’m Alan, I’m the Director of Innovate with Cairn.
When I was three I moved to the new town of East Kilbride. Our family were the 14th family to move in to a community that eventually numbered 11,000. We were there because my Dad was the new Church of Scotland minister. The next Sunday we started church in our living room. Plastic bucket chairs round the walls, my Dad preaching, my Mum playing the piano and me and my sister going out to the kitchen for Sunday School. 22 people came that day. Over the next few years the church grew out of our front room (thankfully!) and into the local primary classroom, then the dining hall, then the gym and finally after 5 years, into a purpose-built church building. By that time, there were 400 members and the Sunday School ran 5 double decker buses to their summer outings in Troon! So, you see I have always known and believed that the church of Jesus Christ is able to start and grow anywhere. The gospel really is good news.
Things have changed since then but my own experience of starting a new church with 5 other people in Whiteinch in Glasgow in 1996 and now having about 180 of all ages around Whiteinch Church of Scotland has shown that my childhood experience is no fluke. I believe that we are called to see a vibrant, worshipping, witnessing church in every community and network in Scotland. To make that happen we need to plant hundreds of new churches, missional communities and mission projects. That is what Cairn’s Innovate team are working on. If you have that passion in your bones then come and be part of this amazing missional movement.