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
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
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
The Black Country needs church planters.
Every so often I put a little appeal out here. It’s for people to consider getting involved in church planting. I’m a big supporter of church planting in general, where ever there is a need. In fact, I would go so far as to say that there is pretty much always a need. Even if every existing churches in our area was preaching the Gospel and full, there would still be lots of people who would need to hear the Gospel. However, I particularly want to encourage you to consider church planting in three Sandwell, Black Country and West Birmingham area. Continue reading
Actually, like most of the articles in this “discerning a calling” series, the question is relevant to decision making generally. I want to suggest that who we go to for advice (and when we go) will shape the advice we get and may tell us a lot about how far we have already gone down the road of making a decision. Continue reading
In 2012, we started The 930 Service at Bearwood Chapel. We did this because we wanted to give space for more people to come and hear the Gospel. At the time, we said that this wasn’t about a necessary one off split with a service repeated. Rather this was about multiplying Gospel centred gatherings. This meant that we were willing to repeat this again by adding other congregations at the Chapel. In effect we were saying that we were willing to meet people and gather for prayer, Bible teaching and worship where and when they were able to. Continue reading
Here are a few jottings prompted by some twitter conversations. H/T @litabny and @windy_London and @Rhubarbtheslick. An attempt to capture some of the thoughts from the conversation in one place. Continue reading