Training urban planters and pastors (4) Think Missional

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.[1] My argument is that there are different ways in which people access learning. Continue reading

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Training pastors and planters for urban mission in working class and multi-cultural contexts

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

How do you Know? – now with Study Guide

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

Going Long (Part 2 – Theological Training for urban planters)

In our previous post, I mentioned the MTh programme as a way of “going long” in training for ministry.   Here’s another perspective.

We can assume that if someone doesn’t go to seminary and study full time for 3-4 years then the alternative is that at best they do either something like a Ministry Training Course, 1 day or week for 2 years or possible something like the part time GDip via a Union Learning Community or some form of distance learning programme. That is a wrong assumption 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

Training for Ministry – The place of Theological College/Seminary

You’ll have picked up from recent posts that I think that:

          The primary responsibility and context for ministry training lies with the local church

          That, if we are to see Gospel ministry multiplying then we need to find ways of training and equipping people who may not be able to or maybe even should not go away for campus based theological training.

However, just to be clear, this does not mean that I am against Theological Colleges. It’s just that: Continue reading