Bearwood Chapel Annual Report

Why we do what we do

An annual report often goes straight into listing all the things we have done and what we have seen  happen over the year.  However, it’s good to stop from time to time and describe what why we do what we do.

We can summarise this as we want to help people who don’t know Jesus to come to know him and to grow in him, in order to see Bearwood and beyond transformed by the gospel to God’s glory.[1]

This is why we seek to share the love of Jesus in everything we do, caring for one another and providing practical help and advice to others through ESOL classes, Toddlers groups, advocacy, the Community Café etc. It’s why we use the opportunities given to share the Gospel with people 1-1, in preaching, through evangelistic Bible studies such as First Look and on line. It’s why we gather for worship each week in our different congregations:

Over the past year, we have been talking about what we do in terms of “ActBC.” We have identified three streams to this. This reflects a concern beyond our building and immediate community to the wider community in the Black Country area. 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

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

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

Do I have to choose? Both and v either or

You have got two – or even three – different urgent priorities. All are important, all are worth doing. Which do you choose?

Common wisdom says you have to prioritise. However,  there is a good argument for doing all of them. Why do I say that?  Continue reading

Another way to help the urban church – use your retirement

Are you planning for your retirement? What does that retirement look like. For some people it will mean staying put and increased opportunities to serve in their home church. For others, the dream may be of a move to somewhere new to enjoy a well earned change of scenery. Some may even be looking at a place in  a retirement village. Continue reading