The Planting Collective is a day conference where  church-planters working in a variety of contexts and networks with reformed evangelical convictions from across the UK can learn from the scriptures, share best practice and encourage one another.

The Planting Collective is a biennial gathering for those actively engaged in planting or planning a plant. We’re called the Planting Collective because it is specifically intended to encourage church planting. It is called the Planting Collective because this is a truly collaborative effort at working together to reach the lost for the glory of God.

Our launch event took place in 2015 and the second event ‘Reformed & Revived’ took place on 13 June 2017 with talks from Steve Timmis (Acts 29) and Andrew Heard (Geneva Push) and seminar streams offering a variety of speakers with years of experience of planting and growing churches in a range of British contexts with time for genuine learning and encouragement.

This year’s conference was called “Reformed & Revived” because we are convinced that our nation needs new churches reformed by God’s Word and revived by His Spirit to proclaim the saving news of Christ.

Andy Paterson, Steve Timmis and Richard Coekin


Andrew Heard
Andrew has been involved in Christian ministry for over 25 years. In 1996, together with his wife Cathie established a new church on the Central Coast of NSW called Central Coast Evangelical Church (now EV Church). In 2005 he was elected the founding President of a new association of churches called the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. This association contains churches in most states of Australia with more being added each year. In 2009 he became a founding director of Geneva Push. He is married to Cathie and they have 4 grown children.


Steve Timmis
Steve Timmis is CEO of Acts 29 and lives in Sheffield where he is the Senior Elder in The Crowded House. He is married to Janet and they have four children and 10 grandchildren. He lives in a house with four generations and a dog! He has co-authored a number of books as well as managing to write a couple all on his own.


Reforming your Church Plant: Semper Reformanda
Steve Timmis
1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 10:31-11:1
Reviving your Church Plant: Cross-Shaped Ministry
Andrew Heard
Revelation 5
Question Time
Richard Coekin with Steve Timmis & Andrew Heard
Seminar: Growing your Church Plant through Purposeful…Multiplication!
Seminar: Leading your Church Plant effectively

Seminar One

Growing your Church Plant

Main Seminar 1: Growing your Church Plant through Purposeful…multiplication!
(Andrew Heard)
Seminar 2: Growing your Church Plant among families
(Richard Leadbeater, Pastor – King’s Church Guildford and Tim Saunders – Minister, Hope Church Sutton)
Seminar 3: Growing your Church Plant among the poor
(London City Mission)
Seminar 4: Growing your Church Plant in urban contexts
(Richard Perkins, Director of Antioch Plan and Senior Pastor of Christ Church Balham)
Seminar 5: Growing your Church Plant across different cultures
(Andy Paterson – Mission Director. FIEC)

Seminar Two

Leading your Church Plant

Main Seminar A: Leading your Church Plant effectively (Richard Coekin – Director, Co-Mission)
Seminar B: Leading your Church Plant with limited resources
(Julian Rebera, Pastor – New Life Church Brighton)
Seminar C: Leading your Church Plant when growth is slow (Jonny Woodrow – Pastor – Crowded House Loughborough)
Seminar D: Leading your Church Plant with a family (Mike Tindall – Minister, Grace Church Manchester)
Seminar E: Leading your Church Plant in the Church of England (Rupert Standring – Senior Pastor, St Peter’s Fulham and Piers Bickersteth – Minister, Church on the Green)