ActBC – How can you help? – Pray for us

ActBC is about encouraging gospel work in needy urban areas starting here in the West Midlands.  We are encouraged by the passion we see for Gospel ministry and church planting in our country but are also concerned that not enough is happening to reach inner city and council estate communities. Continue reading

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ActBC How can you help?

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Over the past few years we’ve been working to encourage Gospel outreach into one of the UK’s needy urban areas. Here in the West Midlands there is a great need for healthy gospel churches particularly in the Black Country, Sandwell and West Birmingham area. Continue reading

Partner With Us – ActBC

Regular faithroots readers will know that we are passionate about seeing the Gospel proclaimed  particular to urban Britain and specifically in the West Midlands.  We’ve talked here about some of the challenges and about the great opportunities.

It is because we want to see people who don’t know Jesus come to know him and because we want to see them gathering in healthy local churches which are having an impact on their neighbourhoods that we started our ActBC initiative. The aim is to partner with, train, mentor, encourage and help support gospel workers who share this vision. Continue reading

The Urban Challenge – The Labourers are few

Do you see Urban Britain as a vital missionfield? Regular visitors to this site will realise that we do. If people like William Carey and Hudson Taylor sought to awaken their generations to the needs of world mission then the challenge for our generation  is the missionfield on our own doorstep.

Note, this concern should not come at the expense of other missionfields. Continue reading

Hannes in Austria

Manfred Eberhartinger, Adam Thomas, Dave Williams and Thomas Happel pray for Hannes (centre)

Hannes Ramsebner was inducted as a co-pastor with Tom Happel at Freikirche, Traun on the 24th September.  Here are some photos from a moving day. Continue reading

Lament for fallen heroes (2 Samuel 1

Three scenarios

  1. Earlier this year we got the news that Mike Ovey, the principal at Oak Hill had died suddenly. Someone we owed a lot to, someone who had been a great champion of the Gospel. There was a massive sense of grief and loss -an untimely death.
  2. Roy Clements -a prominent Christian preacher left his wife for a same-sex affair in the 1990s.  It was huge. Someone who had a big impact on the lives and testimonies of many. Similarly earlier this year one of the leaders in the Christian summer-camps movement was exposed as having physically abused boys who attended the camps.  This had an outside impact too. The media ran stories. Many seemed to delight in it. Actually, some of those who seemed to take greatest joy in it were those who claimed to be Christians if from other traditions.
  3. Another death earlier this year.  A prominent Scottish church leader among the “Wee Frees.” At first it seemed like a tragic suicide but then stories emerged of marital unfaithfulness.

How do we respond to those situations? In a sense, all three describe “Fallen heroes.” Continue reading

Send us people to train and we’ll send them back … or on

This is an appeal to church leaders.  Is there someone in your congregation that you should be encouraging to train for pastoral ministry?  You see, whilst often the conversation starts with the individual experience a sense of calling and beginning to ask questions, look at courses, respond to adverts etc actually, pastors, missionaries and church planters need to be set apart, commissioned and sent and to a great extent the responsibility for encouraging people down this route lies with church elders.

If there is someone who might be ready to gain training and experience then will you consider sending them to train with us?

During their time with us they will: Continue reading