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

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#ActBC – Why are we asking you to partner with us? (part 2)

A few years ago, there was a local website called “We love Bearwood” encouraging people to love and enjoy their local community around where our church is located. I realised that this kind of helped sum up my personal mission.

I want people who love Bearwood to come to know and love Jesus.

I also want people who know and love Jesus to love Bearwood.

But actually, I’m not just thinking about Bearwood. We often talk about wanting to see Bearwood and beyond transformed by the Gospel. Continue reading

Subversive Fulfilment and me

When we talk about the preacher’s preparation we have seen that he must not only exegete God’s Word but also his congregation and vitally himself.

When it comes to the cross-cultural missionary, there is also the need to do something like this. If the missionary engages in “Subversive fulfilment” when engaging with the beliefs of others, then first of all, he needs to do subversive fulfilment on himself. 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

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

Why you should come to Bearwood Chapel

So, you’ve got your 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