Planting a new village church

Members of Pulborough Brooks Baptist Church which meets at Pulborough Village Hall - picture submitted
Members of Pulborough Brooks Baptist Church which meets at Pulborough Village Hall - picture submitted
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In this week’s Our Church column Rev David Howling shares his experience of God’s calling and answered prayer for Christians in Pulborough.

“I became a Christian when I was about 13. At that time I wanted to be a minister. I spoke to the minister at the church and his advice was to get a bit of world experience.

“His exact words were ‘get a proper job’. I went to university and got a degree in chemistry and PhD in engineering. One day I just felt God was calling saying to try for ministry.”

David was working at the time and asked Spurgeon’s Bible College the deadline for applications.

He said: “It was September 22. When I looked at the calendar, I realised I would have to resign on the Monday of the following week. I went home to pray about it!

“I went in and resigned on Monday. Friends thought I was bonkers, but they knew I was a Christian and they realised there was a minister in me.”

After training he received another call from God. “I felt God was calling me to plant a church maybe in Storrington, but they already have a number of churches in Storrington. One day I was driving through Pulborough and I felt God was saying to it would be here. I saw a sign to the village hall and wondered whether that would be a place to plant the church.

“I went in and I got this sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit. I came out of that hall feeling this is where I would set up the church.”

He later found out that several people had been praying for a Baptist church for the village.

In October 2011 Pulborough Brooks Baptist Church opened with 12 members and 18 months on they have a growing congregation.