For over ten years God has been shaping tent missions as a major part of Operation Hope's ministry.
We offer a partnership with church groups young and old, tailoring the event specifically to your needs as a community.
Months before any tent mission we can be on-site stimulating effective prayer and intercession that will continue long after the event is over and done.
As the weeks draw near we work very closely with the church leadership guiding and helping as each part of the planned event takes shape.
Before any event happens we can where required offer training in all areas of ministry relating to the event, please look at our training page to see more details about this exciting equipping. Our evengelism training is useful in many situations and is often taken up by churches not yet ready for a big event.
God has blessed us with all the equipment and tents needed to cater for the whole event without needed expensive hire companies.
Stephen Pilkington will personally be involved from day 1, and most times preaches daily in the tent as his evangelism ministry has seen many thousands come to Jesus over the last decade.
When the event is over it is vital that we have pre-planned effective follow up in place. We also offer training in this as the last decades experience has given us many valuable lessons to share with your group.
Stephen Pilkington undertook two Tent Missions at Newbold Baptist Church in Rochdale. Andy McCulloch, pastor of the church has written of his involvement with Steve Pilkington and the benefit the Tent Missions have been to Newbold Baptist Church and the surrounding area. Read Andy's report >>
Tent Missions change lives - Testimony
My cousin Dene posts jokes on facebook. I don't normally share them but thought I'd make an exception for this one...
“I was cleaning out the loft when I came across a violin and an abstract painting.
I took them down to Sothebys to see if they were worth anything and the man there said, "What you have here is a genuine Stradivarius and a genuine Picasso."
"Oh, great !" I cried. "How much are they worth?"
"Not much, I'm afraid. You see Picasso made lousy violins, and Stradivarius couldn't paint for toffees."”
God has given each of us gifts which we can use to the benefit of the church body. Some of these could be particularly skilled much as Stradivarius crafting one of his renown violins and we should use those skills. Does that mean we should not attempt something we are not particularly skilled at such as Stradivarius attempting to paint?
I think it is good that we get involved with such things and not get discouraged if we cannot do as well as someone we view as skilled in those activities. God may use our involvement in such things in ways we cannot imagine at the time.
A few years ago now I got involved in putting up the tent for the first Tent Mission on the Newbold estate. Now manual work isn't really my forte but as a result of the day "helping" I asked my son Michael to come along to one of the meetings "to see what I had been up to". (He was at that time living out of Rochdale) and Michael committed his life to Jesus at that meeting.
In light of recent family news I can see now how three people's lives were changed as a result of a tent being put up and more people in the wider family.
Slideshow of photographs taken at the Newbold Baptist Church Tent Mission 2017
Why not contact Operation Hope to find out how your church could hold a similar tent mission in your locality?