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Support, guidance and resources to launch and grow life-giving churches in Ireland

ARC Ireland

We help plant new churches across Ireland, both North and South. Our experienced team of church leaders and planters from both sides of the border are here to help you however they can and make your church the best it can be. We also want to strengthen existing churches by creating a community of leaders with a heart to reach the nation together.

If you want to start a new church or if you are involved in leading an existing church, we want to equip you with whatever we’ve got, and connect you with other great churches and leaders in Ireland


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PJ Booth and his wife Elizabeth planted Open Arms Church, Newbridge in 1996. PJ has a passion to see the people of Ireland come to know and serve Jesus. He believes that “everyone wants to get saved, they just don’t know it yet.”
Jamie Corcoran
Lead Pastor of Lighthouse Church based in Navan Co. Meath. Passionate about the local church developing into its fullest potential and to inspiring leaders and planting new churches.
Tom Burke
Tom Burke is a founder and senior pastor of Grace Church Cork, and has served as part of the lead team of ARC Ireland from the beginning. His hobbies include reading and walking, and he’s known on occasion to burst out into Irish when the humour takes him.
Seán Mullarkey is the Senior Pastor of St Marks Church, Dublin and the National Leader of Christian Churches Ireland. He started teaching religion for two years in a Dublin secondary school before entering into ministry. Seán has a Degree in theology and sociology, a teaching Diploma from Maynooth University and a Masters in Missional leadership from Bangor University in Wales.
Andrew McCourt, along with his wife Isabelle, planted and then pastored a vibrant church in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland for 13 years. He is committed first and foremost to building local churches and raising up multi-generational leaders.
He was the Senior Pastor at Christian Fellowship Church, Belfast for twenty five years before handing over the mantel to Andrew McCourt in 2011. Paul & his wife Priscilla have been involved in ten church plants and want to help church planters have the best start in launching and growing a healthy congregation.
Priscilla Reid is on the International Advisory team of Christian Fellowship Church Belfast along with her husband Paul. Her passion is to see women take their place alongside men in the church to fulfill their God given calling. Over the years she has trained people in the prophetic, leading prophetic teams and encouraging people to hear from God.
Jeff Wright is the Lead Pastor, founder and visionary of Green Pastures Church, Ballymena and a member of the lead team of Arc Ireland. He is driven by his heart for people, his desire to make Jesus famous and his passion to see lives transformed. He is an energetic, passionate, open-hearted preacher who loves communicating the heart of God to his church and reaching out to those most in need in our local communities.
Owen Senior Pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, Belfast was born in Malaysia, raised in England but his heart is in Ireland. He and his wife Anne moved to Belfast seven years ago with their three children, a dog and a cat. He has been involved in local church leadership for almost twenty years. He loves most sports, most beaches and most whiskeys. He has also, on occasion, been known to pen the odd poem.


Arc Conference 2019

31 Oct - 1 Nov 2019

Arc Conference 2020

13 - 14 Nov 2020


ARC partner churches include ARC Ireland in their missions budget and give financially towards church planting on an ongoing basis, starting at any amount. More importantly than just financial giving, we invite our partner churches to have a long-term relationship with the ARC family. That way, together we can equip, fund and connect life-giving churches across the island.


If you have a dream in your heart to start a church and reach your town, city or county with the hope of Jesus, ARC Ireland wants to help and support you. Our aim is to provide the practical tools and relational support so that you can launch the church God has called you to build in the best possible way.


ARC Ireland Plant #1

Lighthouse Dublin, Pr Samuel Corcoran

We had a phenomenal launch Sunday, over 225 people attended our church for the very first time. God did exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever hope or imagine. We saw numerous salvations and many taking their first steps in becoming part of our church family. All of this we give glory to God but it would not be possible either without having the full support of ARC behind me. From the intense and detailed church planting training to the frequent mentoring sessions which encouraged, equipped and empowered me to go further faster. I also feel that I am part of a wider tribe where I can relate to other church planters and see what’s working across the land.

ARC Ireland Plant #2

Open Arms Dublin, Pr Sean Booth

Open Arms Dublin, who is part of Christian Churches Ireland, opened its doors to 300 people on Sunday morning. Open Arms Dublin is led by Sean & Gillian Booth and is a church plant from Open Arms Kildare. Leading this new church Pastor Sean Booth said “this launch has exceeded all of our expectations. Our heart is to share a message of hope and new life, and our goal is to be a life-giving church in our community, our city, and our nation. This launch has shown us that there is a need and a hunger for more, and we are committed to helping people find more in their lives over the coming decades.” We would like to thank ARC Ireland who has helped us carry out our vision in launching this church giving us the tools, language and structure to do it to the best of our ability. We received great wisdom, encouragement, as well as financial and spiritual support. We are excited to continue to serve ARC to see thousands of churches and churches of thousands launched in our nation, and around the world.

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PO Box 221, An Post, Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland. C15 AY95