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

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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

Why we need urban theology and urban theologians

I am usually cautious about adding prefixes to the word theology apart from  the normal classifications: biblical, systematic, historical and pastoral. That’s because theology is simply about knowing God through his own revelation and so there is the risk that if I add a prefix based on class, culture or gender I imply that those things will lead me to a different knowledge of Him and his revelation. Certainly, that is what is implicit when people talk about feminist or LBGT theology. The risk is also that I look to God, revelation and theology as something I can employ for my own ends in the particular battle I am fighting.[1]

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Going Long (Part 2 – Theological Training for urban planters)

In our previous post, I mentioned the MTh programme as a way of “going long” in training for ministry.   Here’s another perspective.

We can assume that if someone doesn’t go to seminary and study full time for 3-4 years then the alternative is that at best they do either something like a Ministry Training Course, 1 day or week for 2 years or possible something like the part time GDip via a Union Learning Community or some form of distance learning programme. That is a wrong assumption Continue reading

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

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