Welcome to 21by21.org

On Easter Sunday 2017, the Sunday Herald newspaper boldly declared “Christianity is in Crisis in Scotland” on the front page. The article was based on research that had been diligently carried out on behalf of Scottish churches.

They were right.

Since 2002 one third of the Church in Scotland has disappeared. On average 10 churches in our nation have closed every month. Nearly half of the Church is over 65.

It’s time to act.

Our desire is to play our part in writing a new future for the Church in Scotland. Alongside the many fantastic movements and initiatives in our nation, we want to step up and do something useful.

Maybe God is calling you to play your part? Or perhaps he is asking you to join with us. Either way we’re praying for a kind of revolution, a turn of events so dramatic and significant that only God can be the explanation.

with love,

Chuck and Taryn Freeland
Catalyst Vineyard, Aberdeen


We have been taken by surprise by the Lord. For as long as we can remember, we have known that God was asking Catalyst Vineyard to plant churches. Our suspicion was that the timing was imminent and that pretty soon we’d be planting one or two churches.

But we weren’t anticipating the scale of the task ahead of us – that the Lord was asking us to dream and to scheme and to gear up for the planting of 21 churches over the next 5 years.

We realise that 21 is a lot of churches to plant. In fact half that number would seem like a very significant challenge. And yet we have this building faith that with God anything is possible.

We’re thrilled to belong to the Vineyard family of churches who have planted literally thousands of healthy life-giving churches over the last 40 years. We have friends all over the world who can share their expertise with us. We have lots of great people within our church who have a God-given destiny that is yet to be unwrapped.

Let’s do this.


So where will we plant churches?

The honest answer is that we don’t know. But we know that, as one of our heroes once said, “Jesus didn’t die for clean air – he died for people”. So at the moment our sense is that any town or city with a population over 15,000 people would be a good place to start a church.

According to Wikipedia, and having removed from the list the places that already have (or about to have) a Vineyard church, that means that the following places would seem to be good places:

Dundee (147,710)
Paisley (76,220)
Livingston (56,570)
Hamilton (53,200)
Dunfermline (50,380)
Ayr (47,190)
Perth (47,180)
Kilmarnock (46,350)
Coatbridge (43,970)
Glenrothes (39,100)
Airdrie (37,130)
Irvine (33,740)
Dumfries (33,280)
Motherwell (32,120)
Rutherglen (31,180)
Wishaw (30,510)
Cambuslang (27,610)
Bearsden (27,340)
Clydebank (26,640)
Newton Mearns (24,650)
Arbroath (23,640)
Musselburgh (23,620)
Bishopbriggs (23,430)
Elgin (22,980)
Renfrew (22,010)
Bathgate (21,070)
Bellshill (20,650)
Alloa (20,390)
Dumbarton (19,950)
Kirkintilloch (19,630)
Peterhead (18,450)
Barrhead (17,620)
Grangemouth (17,280)
Blantyre (17,090)
Kilwinning (16,420)
Johnstone (16,390)
Bonnyrigg (16,360)
Penicuik (16,110)
Viewpark (16,020)
Erskine (15,530)
Broxburn (15,360)
Port Glasgow (15,190)
Larkhall (15,020)


Vineyard churches currently exist in:

St Andrews
East Kilbride


*Yes, we realise that Carlisle isn’t *technically* part of Scotland, but they have a vision for planting churches throughout the Scottish borders, and for that (and many other things) we love them.