Fundamentally, the UKP seeks to help foster and fund indigenous church planters in the United Kingdom who hold to the tenets of the Reformed faith. Since 2013, the PCA churches in the partnership have given nearly $500,000 for that purpose.
The UKP has no paid staff or financial accounts, and there is no fee to join. It exists solely to connect PCA churches with Reformed U.K. church planters from the Free Church of Scotland, the International Presbyterian Church, and the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. On even-numbered years the UKP meets in the United States. The three British denominations send representatives to the meeting, as do the stateside churches in the UKP, now up to 12. On odd-numbered years, the meeting takes place in the British Isles.
Free Church of Scotland
The Free Church of Scotland is committed to the proclamation and furtherance of the Christian faith in the nation of Scotland and beyond.
With over 100 congregations and more than 13,000 people attending our Sunday services from a wide range of backgrounds, our united desire is to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ – the only Saviour to a dying world – and to live in obedience to the Bible.
We believe that faith in the person and works of our Lord Jesus Christ is humanity’s greatest need, since it is only by His perfect sinless life, sacrificial death on a cross, and bodily resurrection from the dead that we can be reconciled to God and granted eternal life.
Whether this is news to you, or it already forms the very foundation of your existence, you would be very welcome to attend one of our Free Church congregations where you can expect a warm and gracious Christian welcome.
International Presbyterian Church
The International Presbyterian Church was founded in 1954 through the ministry of Francis Schaeffer in Switzerland. From its early days, the IPC was closely associated with L’Abri, Schaeffer’s better-known ministry among sceptical and doubting young people, which was founded in 1955. In time, two congregations were planted in England: in Ealing, London, in 1969, and in Liss, a small village in Hampshire, in 1972. Both were led by Ranald Macaulay (Schaeffer’s son-in-law) and continue to exist today.
In 1978, a Korean congregation in Kingston joined the denomination. Bob Heppe, an American missionary, started a new church among South Asians in Southall, London, in the 1990s, now known as New Life Masih Ghar. Growth during the rest of the twentieth century was gradual, mainly consisting of Korean church plants in parts of England.
However, since the 2000s there have been encouraging signs of resurgence in the denomination: a significant number of men have been ordained; church plants in Europe have been incorporated into the IPC; four Scottish congregations have joined the IPC in light of the Church of Scotland’s increasing rejection of biblical authority; and most recently two new church plants have been ventured in London, with another one planned for 2017 in Leeds.
Reflecting our ‘international’ nature, we currently have two presbyteries in the UK (British and Korean), a proto-Presbytery in Europe, which currently meets with the British Presbytery, and one Presbytery in South Korea. Once a year the four presbyteries meet together for Synod.
Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches
The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches is a family of over 500 local churches who are united by the gospel and by a common purpose. As a Fellowship we exist to encourage and equip our family of independent churches to thrive, impacting our nation with the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that churches “thriving” will mean disciples growing in their faith, people becoming Christians, gospel workers being trained, and more churches being planted. This is how our nation will be “impacted”, as local churches flourish and send their members into the world to influence, love, work, and speak as ambassadors for the gospel.
Of course, there are many challenges facing churches seeking to thrive in our culture. This is especially true for churches that are independent of any denomination, and who therefore lack national representation and the blessings of shared resources. Our Fellowship endeavours to be a solution to these common challenges associated with Independency, as well as being a catalyst for greater Christ-honouring partnership and ministry.
In working for the benefit of our churches, we are active in five specific areas: