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Kingdom Opportunities in a Pandemic

Glyn Barrett

Our Multiply Podcast hosts conversations aimed to stir, equip and provoke. Through interviewing thinkers, practitioners and pioneers, we aim to inspire and equip Kingdom people to launch Kingdom communities.

In our second Multiply Podcast episode, Paul Lowe and James Rankine interview Glyn Barrett (Senior Pastor of Audacious Church, Manchester and National Leader of the Assemblies Of God UK). They chat about how we can be inspired by the vision of other pioneers and church planters, the Kingdom opportunities available to us in this season and how we can stay faithful to who God has called us to be.


As children of God, faith is the only thing we’ve got. It’s either going to be faith or fear, it can’t be both. 

Faith in Christ, the Christ in us, gives us the opportunity to have the courage and boldness of a lion. 

As pastors and leaders, we have to have confidence in the scripture where Jesus said “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against us”.

Right now for the church in this nation, we have an opportunity that’s presented to us. We can either choose to run and flee and lockdown ourselves, or we can say “God open our eyes that we may see the opportunities for expansion, and for increase.”

Now is a fantastic time for church leaders and pastors to begin to strategise and plan to either plant churches or multisite locations, because there’s no better way to win a nation than to plant churches.

there’s no better way to win a nation than to plant churches.

One of the mistakes that some people make is thinking that waiting is passive. But the Bible is clear that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength – that’s not passive. They will run – that’s not passive. They’ll walk – that’s not passive. They will soar. They will climb. None of those things are passive. So yeah, waiting is great. But it’s an active waiting, an expectation that God’s about to do something.

This is a season of innovation. I don’t think we need adaptation, because you can have leaders who adapt, what we want to truly have is innovation.

A divided church can never really heal a nation but a united church can bring hope where there’s hopelessness.

Rather than talking and arguing over what we differ on, what can we agree on? Well, it’s Jesus. Emmanuel, God with us. Who came, died and rose again, that we may have life and life eternal. Maybe if we do agree on that, and allow everything else just be part of a wonderful diversity of the church, what an incredible opportunity that would be. 

This is the Church of God. And whenever you criticise the church, you’re criticising the bride of Christ. We have a mantra in our church. If you can’t think of something nice to say. Then think of something nice to say.

Whenever you criticise the church, you’re criticising the bride of Christ

 Let’s be a unified church and let’s believe that the hope of the world will bring healing to people’s hearts.

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