There is a famine in Ireland
“It’s so lovely and green!”
That’s what everyone says when they visit, but there is a famine of the gospel in this green land. Ireland is the least evangelised country in the English-speaking world!
Dublin is a highly progressive, creative city where the social conservatism of previous generations has been eroded. Young Irish people are highly sceptical of established forms of ‘religion’ and suspicious of authority.
Tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Accenture’s ‘The Dock’ are leading a regeneration of inner-city areas with indie-coffee culture and bars springing up around universities, cathedrals and monuments to revolution, with European headquarters' employing around 7000 professionals.
You are as likely to meet a Christian among Dubliners as you are on the streets of Phnom Penh!*
ICM is committed to seeing gospel-believing, gospel-living and gospel-sharing churches established and strengthened. ICM is committed to both pioneering new, and strengthening old, churches across the country.
Former Archbishop, Peter Jensen, said, ‘Whenever I am in Dublin, the ICM is a natural contact point. The links between Sydney at the ICM go back at least to the days of T C Hammond, who left the ICM to come and serve as a highly gifted and distinguished Principal of Moore. We remain very close friends and allies in the noble cause of Christ’s gospel.’
The need for a new church community
Australians, Cameron and Alex Jones, aim to “evangelise a new church into existence” in this rapidly developing area of Dublin City. The Jones' have been living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for 11 years and are selling their house to partly finance a move to Dublin. Cameron’s 13 years with Telstra as a management consultant will help in relating with tech workers, and their dog Sullivan is constant source of conversation with strangers, but Cameron says, “it is only the living water, Jesus Christ, who can address this famine.”
They need support both for their living expenses and also to purchase a home (Dublin property prices are high) which will be their base for the ministry.
Alex said, “It was in Jerusalem at Gafcon 2018 that ICM asked us to consider a pioneering mission work in Dublin. We are convinced that ICM’s passion for the gospel, compassion for the lost, and devotion to the Bible’s teaching is the right approach. This simple evangelical conviction distinguishes ICM from the majority of Anglican churches in the Republic of Ireland.”
The ‘Silicon Docks’ area is located in the city centre east, city centre south and the Grand Canal, and crosses both sides of the River Liffey. There is no gospel work of any kind in this area.
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- Strong bonds of fellowship and encouragement as Cameron and Alex join the Irish Church Missions team. We ask God that we will encourage those in the team and that they will faithfully speak the word of Christ to us.
- Housing – Cameron and Alex do not yet have accommodation in Dublin. There is a ‘housing crisis’ in which properties are scarce and prices are high.
- Effective, insightful data-gathering and planning which will be the major task of our first 3-6 months.
- Finance to support this long-term work – both capital expenses (housing) and operating expenses (life and ministry costs).
- Humility in learning the Dublin culture – being English-speaking can conceal real cultural differences.
- Developing contacts and relationships – making contacts with Christian people who work in the Silicon Docks area will be key to accessing. This will mean making firm and trusting gospel-partnerships with the small number of evangelical churches in Dublin. God is good and we have some contacts already
- Patience and stamina - unless God works in an extra-ordinary way, this is likely to be a long term and slow moving work.