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Theological Training is not a mere hobby

Why am I passionate about what we are trying to do with the TrainBC bit of ActBC? Why am I excited about what we are doing with Union in developing a Learning Community in the Urban West Midlands? Why am I not yet satisfied that we are there yet?

The answer is within the phrase “the TrainBC bit of ActBC.” I’m passionate about training for Gospel ministry because it serves the purpose of Gospel ministry. We didn’t just get involved in training as a hobby. To be sure, I enjoy training and mentoring people but it’s not just for the intellectual pleasure. Continue reading

Urban idolatry 2 – The planter’s idols

So, what sorts of idols might we face in urban contexts?  I asked this question on twitter and got a question back in return “Do you mean those living in urban contexts or those ministering in urban contexts?” Continue reading

The point we keep coming back to is …

The biggest challenge that we face in urban church planting is that the evangelical church is locked onto one very specific model of church planting.  It depends on one large church or several medium sized churches setting aside between 20 -50 people as a core group to launch the church. Continue reading

The Problem with prejudice another perspective (part 3 )

We have seen the danger of prejudice including “implicit bias.” This includes:

  1. The danger that if I have an implicit bias against others I may misjudge them, I may mishear them. I may fail to see what they have to offer, fail to encourage them in their gifts and fail to hear truth from them.
  2. The danger that I may experience of perceive implicit bias from others means that I will hear everything they have to say as loaded, subjective and prejudiced. I may miss the truth when it is spoken by them. I may mistrust them and reject the love that freely offer.

Here are some reflections on how we can move forward. Continue reading

Moving into action -another little idea

Stephen Kneale has added in a practical suggestion about how the evangelical church nationally could shift the focus onto urban ministry.  His suggestion is that Christian organisations should look at re-locating into needy urban areas and away from leafy suburbs,  Obviously I disagree with him that he wants them to go to Oldham and I’d like them to come to Sandwell but the point is well made! 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