We’re a community in Edinburgh that loves Jesus and wants to share His love with our city. We want to be like Him: welcoming, passionate, generous and joyful.
You can start to find out what this looks like here but you’ll get to know us best by visiting on a Sunday or contacting us...
Our building and offices are at 104 Gilmore Place, EH3 9PL. This is on the junction of Viewforth and Gilmore Place. Bus routes 10 and 27 stop just outside; there are several routes that stop along nearby Fountain Park and Bruntsfield Place.
Parking near the building is free on Sundays but metered the rest of the week. The nearest long-stay parking is at Fountain Park.
In 2002, a team of a dozen or so people, led by Matt Clifton-Brown, moved to Edinburgh to start a new church, hoping to contribute to all that God is doing in this great city. Since that time, hundreds of people have become part of our community, discovering and enjoying the love of Jesus.
We’re committed to building a church that shows Edinburgh and everywhere God’s goodness. Our values are shaped by what we believe the Bible teaches; this sets our agenda along with God speaking to us by His Holy Spirit.
We believe that leadership of a local church should be in the hands of a team who are appointed as elders: a term from the New Testament meaning overseers. The many responsibilities of church life are shared among a large team of volunteers and paid staff but it is the elders who are accountable for how the church is run.
Dan Hudson has been involved from the earliest days of King’s. Having originally worked for 10 years in engineering consultancy, he gave that up to help build King's. Dan has many areas of responsibility including leading the eldership team, and the overall direction of the church. He is responsible for overseeing our Alpha team, the worship team, connect teams, kids work and families, and our social action ministries. Dan also oversees the administration and operations of King's. He is married to Julie who works as a GP and they (usually) enjoy being the parents of four young children.
Matthew Clifton-Brown led the team who moved to Edinburgh to plant King's in 2002. Previously, he planted City Church Newcastle and served as an elder there for many years. In his younger years, Matt worked as a social worker. Matt handed over his lead eldership role at King's Church to Dan in March 2018, but continues to be responsible for pastoral care, including our Freedom in Christ and marriage preparation courses. He also oversees church planting, including our new church plant in West Lothian, as well as evangelism and discipling new believers. He is married to Ann, who manages the church’s finances. They have six children and fourteen grandchildren. They enjoy jazz and theatre, so they love Edinburgh’s festivals.
Luke Davydaitis moved to Edinburgh in 2010 to join the team at King's. He is responsible for planning our Sunday preaching, and is in charge of our teaching and leadership training resources. Luke oversees the student and youth teams, and directs our communication. He enjoys photography, reading, tweeting, and writing. Luke is married to Debbie who works as a doctor. They both spend a lot of their time explaining that their surname comes from Lithuania, it is not a disease.
Key Beliefs and Distinctive Values
King’s is a community of people who are following Jesus together. For that to function properly, we must have good relationships with each other (through small groups, serving teams, and leadership) and we must agree on key beliefs and distinctive values.
We agree with the statements of the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith. We believe in…
- 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 judgement.
- 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 fruits 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 judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
These paint a portrait of King’s. We’re not saying that any of them are unique to us but together they show what makes us what we are.
Amazed by grace
God has done it all, and we didn’t deserve any of it! All of us were rescued from our sins and judgement because of the plan that God the Father lovingly made, which was achieved on our behalf by Jesus and revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. This isn’t just a theology of salvation, it’s how we do everything as a church. We come to God freely, thankfully, and confidently. There’s no desperation to impress Him or each other because we know that Jesus has done it all. We never use guilt to persuade people. Everyone is aware of their own faults and God’s wonderful mercy, so there’s no place for holier-than-thou attitudes. We have a great time rejoicing in all of this.
Defined by the Bible
God has spoken to the world perfectly, finally by His Word: it tells us who He is, who we are, how He can rescue us, and how we can live in the good of that. Because it is God’s timeless word we trust that it is the supreme authority for us today: it’s not out-of-date or merely a starting-point for discussions – it absolutely shapes everything we do. We want every member of King’s to love God’s word, to read it, feed on it, and share it with others, and we prioritise teaching from it at our Sunday meetings. A vital part of our leadership training is learning how to rightly understand and communicate what God has said to us all in the Bible.
Filled with the Spirit
We love having God the Holy Spirit with us. New Testament church life was dominated by His work and we don’t think that we have any less need of Him today! We want to experience the presence and love of God, we want to receive spiritual gifts (prophecy, speaking in tongues, etc.) to strengthen the church and astonish unbelievers, we want Him to work powerfully in our lives to make us more like Jesus. We call the moment this begins the baptism of the Holy Spirit: an experience (usually at some point after becoming a Christian) that brings Him into a person’s life in a radical and ongoing way. What exactly this looks like varies from person to person. We expect Him to be present and active every day of our lives, helping us to live now and giving us a taste of eternity with God to come.
Focusing exclusively on the church
God’s plan for telling the world about His Son and discipling His followers is the local church. Establishing and building churches is how Jesus’ first followers responded to His Great Commission, so we’re doing the same. Sometimes this means not getting involved in other Christian events and activities run by standalone parachurch organisations, instead we encourage and work with many other churches in Edinburgh, and around the world through New Ground (see “Welcoming apostolic ministry” below). When we’re looking to collaborate with Christian organisations we will always prioritise those who are rooted in and serve local church life.
Just as every part in the body is needed in order for the body to function, so every person in King’s needs to be involved in our life together. Attending Sunday meetings and small groups as a spectator is to miss what God has for you. Although we have people on paid staff doing pastoral and administrative work, we know that the church only works when everyone is playing their part. All the things we do, we do in teams. Our “Make It Happen” card tells you some of the ways you can get involved with a serving team, which will bless others and help you develop your God-given gifts.
Many people’s first impression of King’s is that it is a welcoming community, and that’s exactly what we’re aiming for. “Family” is one of the primary metaphors used in the Bible to describe church and we take this joyfully seriously. We don’t address each other by titles or put leaders on pedestals, we encourage real sharing of lives, being honest and relaxed with each other, and we make sure that we have a lot of fun together! Small groups are vital for this, and you have to belong to one to be a member at King’s.
Following appointed leadership
God appoints and empowers certain men to guard and govern the church together as a team: the phrase we tend to use for this is “elders”. The many aspects of church life are shared among a large team of men and women, volunteers and paid staff, but it is the elders who are ultimately responsible to God for the church. The New Testament describes the qualifications for eldership, and they are appointed by recognised apostles in consultation with the church. We always want a team of elders rather one person leading things by themselves, but within that we recognise one of the guys as having the role of team leader.
Welcoming apostolic ministry
We are delighted to be in New Ground, part of the Newfrontiers family of churches. New Ground is led by David Holden, and is made up of around 40 churches located across Europe (Newfrontiers totals over 1,500 churches around the world). Our relationship is entirely voluntary, we have no financial or legal obligations to them but we receive Dave’s recognised apostolic gifting, which brings vision, life and provocation to us, and brings us into a network of relationships which bless each other. We frequently invite people from New Ground churches to visit us, we attend the prayer days and conferences together, and we host one of the satellite bases of the New Ground Academy leadership training programme.
Baptising believers in water
Jesus told His first followers to baptise all those who gave their lives to Him, so this is what we do: fully immersing them into a pool of water in the church building, after they have told their story of conversion. Because we see this as the pattern for believers we don’t baptise/christen infants and it is a prerequisite for membership of King’s.
Honouring families and singles
Jesus said that people are to live in celibate singleness or faithful heterosexual marriage. We want to celebrate both of these and help people to live in the situation they are in. A marriage exists for more than the good of the husband and wife (and any children they may have): it shows how God creates harmony and unity in all things by bringing a man and a woman together, and it is a picture of how Christ relates to His Church, with husbands called to take the role of Christlike leadership, and wives demonstrating the Church’s reception of this.
Planting more churches
We think that more churches who reach out to their communities with the good news of Jesus are needed all over the place. Because of our location and shared mission with New Ground, we’re particularly focused on making this happen in Scotland and Europe: identifying, training, and sending out leaders; supporting church plants with expertise, finance, and prayer.
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