My friend Stephen has written a typically robust blog headlined “People are not going to Hell because of a lack of training options.” Stephen argues that there’s a lot of talk about how we train in people for urban ministry but that’s pointless if we don’t have the people to train and if we don’t have the resources to support them. Continue reading
We are committed to training people for urban mission. A significant part of that training includes practical experience of Gospel ministry but it also includes a lot of “Theology.”
Now, “Theology” at times has had a bad reputation. It can be a bit of a dirty word, especially amongst those who see the urgency of the mission and get frustrated by those who seem to be bogged down in the theory.
Theology is often associated with academia. It is seen as remote, cerebral and out of touch. It has often been linked to liberalism and the denial of Scripture’s authority and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, theology, properly speaking and done properly is the planter and the preacher’s best friend. Indeed, no-one should be preaching without taking time to study some theology. Those seem like strong words, so why do I say them? Continue reading
Are you considering training for Christian ministry? If so, why not consider coming and joining us as an ActBC trainee for a couple of years. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience of ministry in an urban setting whilst also receiving high quality theological training.
Who is it for?
ActBC is all about encouraging urban mission. We have a particular desire to see church planting and revitalisation in the urban West Midlands, especially in West Birmingham, Sandwell and the Black Country. So, this is a great opportunity for someone who is considering a call to urban church planting. Continue reading
Here’s a suggestion for how the urban trainee’s work might look Continue reading
I want to keep coming back to the point that when I talk about training pastors and planters for urban ministry, I am not asking for special allowances or a dumbed down syllabus. Remember that my argument is that people from a working-class background are as capable as people from a middle class background. My argument is that there are different ways in which people access learning. Continue reading
There has been some renewed discussion on twitter about how we identify and train church leaders for urban working-class mission.
I have already written previously that I believe we need to give the same rigorous quality of training to people from for estate and inner- city contexts as you would expect in our top seminaries. However, I don’t believe that seminary is always the best place to train people.
So, what exactly is the type of training that our future leaders need (including planters, pastors, elders, deacons etc)? Here are some further thoughts: Continue reading
One of our aims when we set up Faithroots was to provide teaching and training material to help people get involved in church life especially in leading, preaching & teaching and pastoral care. Continue reading