Independent Churches

Followers of Jesus Christ try to live out and share his message of good news in many different ways. So, it’s not surprising then that churches come in all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of excellent ones in Exeter –so someone looking for a good one is spoilt for choice!

The Independent Churches are independent of historic denominational structures, but are orthodox in their beliefs and ascribe to the same historic creeds. Some have their own purpose-built facilities; many meet in local schools, community centres or even in members’ homes. One aim is to recapture the spontaneity and vitality of the first Christians we read about in the New Testament, and to share this with others. 

 

Chaplain

Chris Halls, the Independent Churches Chaplain, became a follower of Jesus, shortly before going to University and it has stuck! As well as spending most of his career working in this country, particularly Exeter, with some very different church groups, he has also lived and worked in Kenya and Canada. Among other things, he is currently secretary of the Exeter Evangelical Partnership.

For those who aren't sure about faith and simply want a few pointers to what it's all about, you're more than welcome to drop by the Chaplaincy office in the Forum for a chat over coffee. Chris is always willing to listen, support, encourage, or give practical advice on where to get help. Call Chris on 07706 152260 and let's arrange to meet!

Chris Halls

Chris Halls

Independent Churches Chaplain

Email: c.halls@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 07706 152260

Students' Guild Society

The ECU (Evangelical Christian Union) is a student society which exists as a mission team to make the life changing news of Jesus known on our campus in Exeter. We believe that Jesus came to earth to die and be raised back to life to give us a way to have a relationship with God. 

We believe that He is now alive in heaven, and we want to share this news with our friends.

To achieve our aim of Knowing Jesus and making Him known we run a variety of different ministries and events, some regularly and some just a few times a year...have an explore of the website to find out more about them! 

Like many other Christian Unions throughout the country, Exeter ECU is looked after by UCCF (Universities & Colleges Christian Fellowship), who aim to give every student the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

Find out more on our website, www.exeterecu.com

In the Community

In recent years there has been a proliferation of such churches in Exeter and across the UK. Most are allied to a national grouping for support and accountability. They are clustered together in informal groups such as Vineyard, Pioneer, Brethren Partnership, Salt & Light, along with some older church families such as Assemblies of God and Elim. Together these local churches sponsor the Independent Churches Chaplain. Along with other denominational churches they form part of the Exeter Evangelical Partnership (EEP). The EEP churches seek to reflect the life and love of God we see in Jesus. Members are involved with Street Pastors, Food Bank, CAP (Christians Against Poverty) and a host of other initiatives. 

One practical way the EEP serves the university community is to produce a booklet to help students decide what is the best church for them. It includes details of many of the Independent Churches in the city. If you are looking for a church that can be your spiritual home away from home then why not take a friend and visit a few? Each has its own distinctives –some number hundreds, some a couple of dozen. Meet up with others on campus and see what they suggest. Take your time, pray and reflect about your choice. Many students choose to stay on in Exeter after they graduate –why wouldn’t you in such a great place! – so find themselves worshiping with friends they made years earlier. For a list of independent churches in Exeter, see the Evangelical Churches Guide. Do ask for a copy of this booklet if you are looking for a spiritual home, or contact Chris, The Independent Churches Chaplain, if you would like to chat things through.