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Conference: Church in Hard Places

Join us for a conference on building healthy churches in economically and socially disadvantaged communities. Co-sponsored by the Philip Center, 20schemes, and Acts 29. 

April 14, 2018, 9am-3pm
Godspeed Church, 200 Taunton Ave, East Providence, RI
Cost: $25, covering conference materials, a light breakfast, and lunch
Register HERE


The Church is a display of God’s glory in the midst of a hurting community. Who will go and build healthy churches among the world’s poorest communities? We define hard places as “economically and socially disadvantaged communities”. Churches in hard places often share common struggles. Our goal is to equip church leaders, train indigenous believers, and develop resources to build healthy churches in hard places.

Church in Hard Places is an initiative of Acts 29. Acts 29 seeks to encourage and equip the church to plant healthy churches in our poorest communities.

For this workshop, we are bringing in our friends from in Scotland. What might be surprising to some is how similar their context is with our American inner cities. The schemes are essentially the Scottish version of our projects or section 8 neighborhoods. They, too, deal with high levels of unemployment, poverty, and drug addiction. 20shemes is a ministry seeking to plant churches among Scotland's poorest.



  • Matthew Spandler-Davison:  Executice Director of 20schemes
  • Andrew Mathieson: Pastor of Lochee Baptist Chapel, Dundee, Scotland 


  • Session One: Why the Poor Need Healthy Churches
  • Session Two: Evangelism in Hard Places
  • Session Three: Working Together to Build Healthy Churches in Hard Places
  • Session Four: Discipleship in Hard Places
  • Session Five: Ministering to Those Struggling with Mental Health