Many churches in Scotland are empty and aging. It's a tangible reminder of the dwindling relevance of Christianity. Ethne’s two ministries there—Re:Hope Next Generation Bible Church and Spiritual Formation—seek renewal in a land of dryness, from reaching out to young people for healthy churches to helping leaders in their discernment of God’s direction.

One of Ethne’s teams in Scotland exists to intentionally identify and train young people for ministry as well as to cultivate and catalyze healthy, effective churches. Since its inception in 2003, this team has expanded and impacted local church communities and beyond—from discipling local church leaders and doing outreach among university students, to church planting and revitalization.

As the local church has been in decline beginning around the 1930s, Scotland has become a landscape of postmodernism and old, dying churches. In 2003, what started as weekly meetings to study Scripture expanded internationally: Bible Reading Groups, an organic discipleship program, now takes place in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Wales, and Germany. In 2005, the team planted Re:Hope Next Generation Bible Church. Located in Glasgow, the church is committed to being both uncompromisingly biblical and unswervingly missional.

This Scotland team is currently engaging in various church revitalization projects and working with local established clergy, bringing them back to the bible, health, and effectiveness. They coach church planters in Scotland, developing church planters and leaders who have been a part of Re:Hope with a plan to see a more churches planted in the next few years by Britons and Scottish nationals.

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