National Estate Churches Network

New NECN resource coming soon…

Over the last year we’ve been working with writer and researcher Martyn Casserly to produce some resources for those thinking about a calling to estates ministry. Martyn has been interviewing people across the country about their ministry and has done a fantastic job of bringing these stories and experiences together so that others can learn from them. Read on to find out more about the research…

Estate Church Questions


Setting up or working with an estate church can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It can also be demanding and challenging at the same time, so it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into. Most people have plenty of questions and apprehensions when approaching the idea of an estate church, so we thought it would be a good idea to address these and enable you take make a more informed decision about whether this is the route you’re being called to.

Now, it should be noted that there is no ‘how-to’ guide when it comes to estate churches, as they vary so much. Instead, we canvassed a wide selection of experienced people across our network to see what the most common questions or worries they had before starting out on this adventure. We then used these questions to interview a cross-section of those working on estates around the country to hear their answers and benefit from their wisdom.

If you feel God is calling you to estate-based ministry, here’s what you might find is waiting ahead.

Here’s the questions we’ll cover:

  1. How do you know this is what God is calling you to?
  2. Will my family be safe?
  3. How do we bridge the gap between cultures?
  4. How do we develop local leaders?
  5. How do we survive financially?
  6. What does success look like?
  7. How can you protect yourself emotionally and spiritually?
  8. What’s the best thing about working on an estate church?
  9. What’s the worst thing about working on an estate church?
  10. What do you wish you knew before starting out?

Martyn Casserly

If any of these questions resonate with you and you would like to add your comments to the work we are doing, please get in touch with Sara on 07940 437473 or and we can arrange a short interview with Martyn.

The research will be on our website soon, so keep an eye out and we’ll let you know when it becomes available.