Replacing one evil with another

Jesus tells the story of a demon possessed man who has the demon cast out. The demon goes away but later returns with seven more demons and finds the man’s heart like a clean and tidy house. He moves back in and the man’s life is worse than before. It’ a warning to those who just try to legalistically stop doing wrong things without receiving the gift of Christ. Continue reading

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Be careful where you draw the boundaries

Here are some more thoughts prompted by recent discussion  about reaching working class communities with the Gospel, by Stephen Kneale’s articles about where you belong  and by my own experience. Continue reading

Who are the working class -and who can reach them?

What exactly do we mean by “working class” and “middle class?” Those are natural and important questions as we talk about how we reach working class communities with the Gospel. Continue reading

TrainBC – training for Urban Gospel ministry

I’ve been talking about how we identify, train and support urban pastors and planters. Now across the UK there are opportunities to put into practice what has been said here about the benefits of church and community based ministry including with 20 Schemes in Scotland, Pioneers with London City Mission or Urban Ministry training with Duncan Forbes.

Here in the Midlands, you could come and join us as an ActBC trainee. This would include Continue reading

Training pastors and planters for urban mission in working class and multi-cultural contexts

There has been some renewed discussion on twitter about how we identify and train church leaders for urban working-class mission. 

I have already written previously that I believe we need to give the same rigorous quality of training to people from for estate and inner- city contexts as you would expect in our top seminaries. However, I don’t believe that seminary is always the best place to train people.

So, what exactly is the type of training that our future leaders need (including planters, pastors, elders, deacons etc)? Here are some further thoughts: Continue reading

Working class or middle class leaders to reach working class communities?

One suggestion about why we struggle to reach working class communities is that we primarily have middle class leaders of churches, furthermore, we have middle class leaders because we put barriers in the way of working class people becoming leaders because we identify the qualities and training methods associated required for leaders with middle class qualities. Continue reading