The label is specifically associated with the apostle Paul. He was a tent maker by trade and would often take up his trade in order to bring in financial support. Continue reading
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
This is one of those “What if? Thought exercises” so disclaimers include that it doesnt come with tight exegesis, I am not saying this is how to apply Acts 8-15 and I am not proposing this as a definite strategy. However, our Union Learning Community were discussing how the Gentiles were included in the church and it got me thinking about what this might look like in terms of contemporary urban mission. Continue reading
So, what sorts of idols might we face in urban contexts? I asked this question on twitter and got a question back in return “Do you mean those living in urban contexts or those ministering in urban contexts?” Continue reading
Church planting and church planting movements have been the big talk in Global Missions over the past few years. Internationally there’s Acts29 and City to City. Here in the English Midlands we have our own 2020 Birmingham which started with an aspiration of 20 church plants by 2020 and now is seeking another 3o by 2030 with the prayer that each of those churches will plant one more.
Not everyone is happy about this though. On certain parts of the inter-web questions are being raised. The underpinning theme is “Is this Biblical? Or is it human strategy?” These are vital questions and as I’ve been asked them directly myself I want to respond to them. Continue reading
One of our #PlantBC aims is to support and encourage pioneer church plants. A pioneer church plant happens when just one or two people start to reach a community with the Gospel. Over time as people respond to the good news they start to gather together for prayer, Bible teaching and praise. This is different to a mother-daughter church plant where you send maybe 30-40 people from an existing congregation to start a church. Continue reading
In earlier posts I’ve talked about the preachers need to exegete or understand 3 things before preaching: God’s Word, The Congregation and himself (see towards the end of this post). What I mean by this is that we don’t just look at the text in isolation.
1. We need to apply it so we need to think carefully about the congregation- what is the application they will need in their pastoral circumstances and what will stop them from hearing or obeying.
2. We need to be aware of ourselves. What is in my own heart? What might prevent me from hearing, communicating and applying God’s word truthfully and Effectively?
I want to expand on this in two ways. Continue reading