Rethinking church and mission – What is the local church’s role?

Stephen Kneale kicked off some thinking about the local church and mission with few blog posts recently.[1]

Eddie Arthur has followed up with a post looking at what Mission Agencies can and in his experience do contribute.[2]

The fascinating thing is that in the follow on conversation there hasn’t really been much disagreement from the following propositions. Continue reading

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Shadow Missions Revisited

Our CPI hub recently looked at “Shadow Missions that distract us from Mathew 28. You can read my previous comments on shadow missions here (the phrase is originally Bill Hybels).   Continue reading

Training pastors and planters for urban contexts in context (part 2 – The curriculum)

I want to continue the conversation by talking a little about the type of curriculum I would like to see in a local church context and how that can be delivered. Continue reading

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