The Shadow Mission

Why do we do what we do as a church? We often talk about our mission in terms of Christ’s command to “Go and make disciples.” This means that local churches don’t need to create their own fancy mission statement. They already have one from Jesus. Continue reading

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When did God last disagree with you?

It’s the challenge that I often raise with people when I’m preaching. If God is real and his word is true then are you ready for him to disagree with you. It was the challenge that Mike Ovey left us with as students and it has stuck with me. If this is true, then it must be a question not just for church members and students but for preachers, pastors and the most Phd’d up scholars you can find. Continue reading

The urban challenge – urban mobility

One of the challenges of urban ministry is the mobility of people coming into and then leaving a community. It means that someone may turn up  and be around for a couple of weeks, couple of months or couple of years. Continue reading

What should we be doing? The mission of the church

This is first of all some follow on notes from discussions durning our Union Learning Community module on Church and Mission and secondly something for those of you who hqve read Chris Wright’s The Mission of God and Gilbert and DeYoung’s The Mission of the Church and stil thinking ” What should we be doing?” It also folows on from my talk at the Union Conference on ” Blessing the Church.” Continue reading

The media’s test question gets flunked again

So after Tim Farron and Jacob Rees-Mogg, it was Justin Welby’s turn.  Alistair Campbell asked him if he thought gay sex was a sin for an interview with GQ magazine.

Welby responds

“I don’t do blanket condemnation and I haven’t got a good answer to the question. I’ll be really honest about that. I know I haven’t got a good answer to the question. Inherently, within myself, the things that seem to me to be absolutely central are around faithfulness, stability of relationships and loving relationships.” Continue reading

The last thing we talk about – autopsy of a church

Those of us that are involved in church planting and pastoral ministry love to learn from others.  We are excited to hear about fruitful ministries, stories of churches planted, people setting off into pastoral ministry and conversions and baptisms. Continue reading