The Edge is a national coalition of churches working alongside a network of ministries that have a special heart for the forgotten places in the UK and the most hurting, lost and broken people in our society. Our vision is to network together churches and ministries from all streams and denominations that are working to develop and grow in areas of rural and urban poverty. Our aim is to encourage prayer support, share best practice, train, equip and mobilise to see more people encountering Christ and making a decision for him.
Ministries Network. We are developing a network of ministries that will be able to resource churches working in the hardest places. From evangelism to alleviating poverty, tackling financial hardship to mental health issues. Our hope is that by linking expert ministries with churches that join the coalition, we will harness our collective expertise to make an even greater impact.
Church Coalition. The Church Coalition is based on relationship, values and vision.
To proliferate church planting amongst the forgotten places such as poor and under resourced rural and urban communities. Typically these churches do not have the resources or specific training that they need in order to make the impact they so desperately want to see. This has been born out of Carl Beech’s experiences stemming back to the first church he planted in 1996 on an Essex council estate. Many years of ministry since has focused on the marginalised communities both within the UK and internationally. The vision is to build a team of practitioners and bespoke resources for working class communities. A brand new course exploring the Christian faith is already being produced. We also plan to launch a church-planting fund to enable us to deploy church planters into the toughest places and provide them with all the support that they need.
To work with affluent churches who need support and expertise to reach into the forgotten places near them via establishing projects, planting churches or deploying mission teams. If you are a church that has a forgotten estate near you, then we can help by connecting you to those who have journeyed through the challenges. It maybe that you are an affluent church that already has these ministries in existence but would like to network with like minded leaders, then The Edge church coalition may well be for you.
The Edge is for mission agencies and churches that are working amongst, or seek to work amongst those at or below the poverty line.
We are committed to seeing salvation and placing gospel proclamation at the heart of all we do.
Churches must be committed to church planting into the forgotten places whether rural or urban.
There is a commitment to attend and support EdgeFest as our annual family gathering for all those in the coalition.
Churches should consider seriously contributing to our church planting fund so that we can support and pioneer new churches.
There is a commitment to attend prayer gatherings and training events wherever possible.
We believe passionately in the work of the local church as Gods method of reaching communities.
Mission agencies will where possible prioritise supporting churches in the network.
All members of the network / coalition will seek to make training available and share best practice with other connected churches / mission agencies.
The Edge network/coalition is based firmly on shared values and relationship - and therefore we will prioritise spending time together as leaders.
Edge subscribes to the Evangelical Alliance basis of faith.
The one true God who lives eternally in three persons the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgment.
The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ born of the virgin Mary, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruit of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgment, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.