Leadership jottings – Systems thinking and process improvement

A good leader has a “systems” mind.  By systems I don’t necessarily mean “IT.” Rather, every organisation functions as a system with inputs, processes and outputs. A good leader has an eye on the whole system. This enables them to be proactive in spotting and responding to potential problems rather than just fire-fighting. Continue reading

The problem with prejudice from another perspective (part 1)

A few articles back we mentioned the something called “implicit bias” that Duncan Forbes has been blogging about. This is where people have a bias/prejudice against a specific group within society that is not explicit and indeed may not even be conscious but does substantially affect how they view others.

Duncan’s concerns resonated with quite a few people on social media, especially those from and working in working class/estate contexts. There is a concern, as one person put it, that “the church has a class problem.” Continue reading

Why you should come to Bearwood Chapel

So, you’ve got you’re A-Level results and now you know that you’re coming to Birmingham to study at one of our fantastic Universities.  There’ll be a lot to plan and do over the coming weeks and next few months: books and equipment to buy, choices about where you will live, new friends to make.

Have you started to think about which church you might be part of yet?  There are some fantastic churches local to the University including

City Church

Church Central

Monyhull Church

These are great congregations where you’ll be taught well from God’s Word, welcomed, loved and encouraged to serve. Our concern is to see every believer who comes to the area find the right church where they can grow and serve.

In that context, we’d like to encourage you to consider Bearwood Chapel. We are a little further away from the University (a short bus ride on the 11, 48 or 120) and we are not one of the main student churches, however some students have made their home with us over the years. Continue reading

In defence of church planting and Church planting movements

Church planting and church planting movements have been the big talk in Global Missions over the past few years. Internationally there’s Acts29 and City to City. Here in the English Midlands we have our own 2020 Birmingham which started with an aspiration of 20 church plants by 2020 and now is seeking another 3o by 2030 with the prayer that each of those churches will plant one more.

Not everyone is happy about this though. On certain parts of the inter-web questions are being raised.  The underpinning theme is “Is this Biblical? Or is it human strategy?” These are vital questions and as I’ve been asked them directly myself I want to respond to them. Continue reading

The richness of expository preaching

We have just run a series of 13 articles on the subject of justice. These all sprang from a sermon on Proverbs 21.  That one sermon prompted 13 articles reminds us of two things. First of all, it reminds us of one of the reasons why we run the faithroots website, there is a limit to how much you can cover in one single 30-minute sermon. We encourage Bearwood Chapel members to follow up Sunday teaching by using faithroots as a resource, by doing personal study picking up recommended reading, through 1-1, family and small group conversation and by prayerful obedient application to daily life. Continue reading

Advocacy – Another example of acting for justice

One of the ways in which we have tried to support justice is by seeking to stand alongside people seeking justice through our immigration system – particularly asylum seekers. The immigration system is exactly one of those examples of justice been distant and difficult to access. Continue reading

What if … imagining a just and fair society

So, I’d better start with a big disclaimer. The thoughts below are my own personal musings and have not been run past anyone else. They are therefore not necessarily the views of Bearwood Chapel. However, as I mentioned in my last article, one of the ways in which we can work for justice is to try to imagine and describe what a just and fair society might look like. Continue reading