In this exclusive interview, Tim Hughes reveals the highs and lows of establishing St Luke's Gas St
Tim Hughes talks about Birmingham move: "God has provided in incredible ways"
Tim Hughes says God has "provided in incredible ways" since moving to Birmingham to plant St Luke's Gas Street in April 2015.
In an exclusive interview with Premier Christianity magazine, the worship leader turned vicar revealed how £1.2 million was raised to renovate a warehouse on Gas Street where the church now meets.
"Money has come in and God has provided in incredible ways. We've raised £1.2m and a bit toward the next phase," he said.
The first phase of the building project was completed earlier this month. 450 people including Nicky Gumbel and the Bishop of Birmingham David Urquhart attended the launch on Friday 5th February.
Speaking of how he was initially worried about raising the funds, Mr Hughes said, "There was one particular moment when I was in the kitchen with Rach and I was having a low moment. I was down in the dumps.
"As I'm grumbling and moaning, my phone goes and it's this guy saying 'Tim we want to give you £25,000 toward the vision and the building.' That was unbelievable! It was God saying 'I've got this, it's not resting on your shoulders. Trust me and I will give you everything you need.'"
Mr Hughes said the church planting project had been "incredibly exciting" and "one of the most fulfilling things" he had ever been a part of.
He added, "But it's definitely the most challenging thing I've ever been a part of. It's a huge adventure that has tested our faith in every way. We're standing here pinching ourselves at what God has done and what is unfolding."
He also revealed that while worship leading is a "massive part" of his calling, he may not be touring as much in the future.
"To be honest I don't want to travel. I don't want to miss a Sunday. There's no other place I'd rather be."
"I probably won't be putting out quite as much music, but I've never been wildly prolific. Longer term for me, where I get excited is seeing young songwriters who hear things totally differently, writing amazing music."
Speaking of the future he said, "It just feels like there's so many opportunities. We need real wisdom in what to throw our weight behind and faith to keep stepping out. Now we've got the building, the next step of faith is to fill it."