Join the Adventure of Hope
By Tim Matthews
Tim Matthews, a former financier in the City, set up a new church in Bournemouth, (St Swithun's) in 2014. Three years on it is proving incredibly successful, against a backdrop of declining church attendance. This is the story of how it happened, why people are turning up in their droves, and how church has the ability to hold our society together.
This book tells the story of the process of moving to Bournemouth to set up a new church from scratch, on the back of numerous similar failed attempts in London, and the bumpy and scary journey to success St Swithun's has travelled since. Tim demonstrates, through his story, how he has pushed through failure and disappointment with tenacity to trust in God and his plan and timing - and how hundreds of people are discovering faith in Jesus Christ as a result.
Tim is Senior Pastor of Love Church in Bournemouth and is ordained in the Church of England, having previously been an accountant in London and academic in Cardiff.
He and Debi were on the clergy team of HTB for six years and planted out from there to Bournemouth in 2014. Tim loves surfing, windsurfing, DIY and messing about with their three young kids.
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09 Aug 2018
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Hodder & Stoughton
[Tim] has steered [his] church to connect to the young and unchurched, a growing demographic in our present culture. He tells the story in a down-to-earth and utterly frank way. We learn of his own leadership failings, his fears and his sense of God-dependence as he faces apparently insurmountable problems . . . It is a story of the triumph of faith in an all-powerful and gracious God. — Evangelicals Now
'[Tim] is honest about the pain and setbacks on the way of the church's growth'. — The Church Times