East London, home to more than 1.5 million of London’s 8 million residents, is the fastest growing part of the city. It has the largest concentration of alternative subcultures in London, as well as some of the poorest and most deprived neighborhoods in the U.K. Many of those in East London’s alternative subcultures and traditional blue collar neighborhoods are generations removed from church participation, putting them at the forefront of post-Christianity in the Western world.
The Serge team in East London seeks to spur a movement of new churches consisting of and committed to the alternative, marginalized, and urban poor populations in this part of the city. Through evangelism and discipleship, the team is establishing countercultural groups of Jesus-followers who are committed to building God’s kingdom, resisting evil, and blessing the city.
Formed in 2014, the Serge East London team is based in a neighborhood called Walthamstow, where alt culture and blue-collar communities coexist. The team is committed to building gospel friendships, praying for neighbors, sharing the love of Jesus, and seeking ways to volunteer and participate in the community.
Building the Team
The Serge team in East London seeks individuals who feel called to build community centered around Christ among alternative subcultures and poor neighborhoods. We are looking for people who have gifts in evangelism, discipleship, community building, church planting, and administration. We are also looking for people who have a creative trade and a willingness to experiment with us, including tattoo artists, brewers, hairdressers, carpenters, plumbers, and urban farmers.
- For guidance, that God would lead our team, teaching us to have grace, patience, and love for our community;
- For opportunities to share the gospel with people in these unreached communities in words and ways that make sense to them and bring conviction to their hearts;
- For many disciples to be raised up in East London who have a passion for reaching alts and serving the poor;
- That God would lead those who do not yet know him to build the kingdom of God in London.
Our team is committed to encouraging its members to work in the community as a way to build relationships. Even with some taking part-time jobs, London is an expensive city for most and financially crippling for many. In order for our work to be sustainable we need people who are willing to support church planters, evangelists, and disciplers over the long haul so that churches can be established among the unreached. Please prayerfully consider giving to God’s work here.