Why you should come to Bearwood Chapel

So, you’ve got you’re A-Level results and now you know that you’re coming to Birmingham to study at one of our fantastic Universities.  There’ll be a lot to plan and do over the coming weeks and next few months: books and equipment to buy, choices about where you will live, new friends to make.

Have you started to think about which church you might be part of yet?  There are some fantastic churches local to the University including

City Church

Church Central

Monyhull Church

These are great congregations where you’ll be taught well from God’s Word, welcomed, loved and encouraged to serve. Our concern is to see every believer who comes to the area find the right church where they can grow and serve.

In that context, we’d like to encourage you to consider Bearwood Chapel. We are a little further away from the University (a short bus ride on the 11, 48 or 120) and we are not one of the main student churches, however some students have made their home with us over the years. Continue reading

Journey into urban mission (part 1)

Last week the Bishop of Burnley challenged visitors to the New Wine festival about mission to the poor. His charge was that the church had forgotten the poor and that event the recent upturn in church planting was primarily in student and wealthy areas. Continue reading

So you want to do urban mission?

I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be involved in urban mission whether that’s pastoring an established church, working with an existing church to see revitalisation or helping to plant a new church.

There’s so much attention starting to go into how best to serve the Gospel in urban and multi-ethnic contexts and there’s some great people around with lots of experience both of making mistakes and getting things wrong and of seeing God work in the middle of mess to bring blessing and fruit.

So, whether or not you’re just starting out and testing a calling, looking for training and a way in – or you are already engaged in urban ministry, here are some great places to find support and encouragement. Continue reading

Training opportunities – Deadline approaching

The deadline is fast approaching for September’s intake on the Union School of Theology’s GDIP programme. 

This is a great way of training for Gospel ministry, gaining a theological qualification, studying with others whilst gaining lots of practical experience of pastoral ministry. Continue reading

Church Planting Maths

One of the great encouragements of Gospel work in the West Midlands has been the 2020 Birmingham partnership.  2020 Birmingham set out in 2010 with the aim of planting 20 churches by 2020. As a church with a small building but a large heart to reach the community around us, we’ve found the advice, support and encouragement of our 2020 partners a big help. Continue reading

Training for Gospel Ministry is costly, life-long and valuable

I’ve been thinking a little more about the shape of theological training and the role of local churches in that, particular as we consider how to train and equip people for urban mission and planting.  I want to suggest five propositions. Continue reading

Thoughts on life in a church without students

Chris Green has helpfully written about what it means to lead churches in non-student settings. He notes that many church leaders became Christians at University or were  discipled there and the risk then is that we can end up trying to replicate student/graduate church models into other churches. He lists a whole set of reasons why this doesn’t work and the challenges of this. Continue reading