The danger of taking shortcuts in urban mission

I’ve suggested that the first step in “urban mission” is to step into and live in the culture. JH Bavinck writes about this stage in “The Science of Missions”

He is of course writing about traditional cross-cultural mission and he is writing 60 years ago but in that context, he says about the missionary:

“as soon as he sets foot in the place where he is going to work, he must face the question as to how he should approach the people. How must he win their confidence? How can he understand their inner life?” [1]

One of the biggest challenges is that the missionary is so completely different to the people he is going to witness to. Continue reading


In Context Training part 2: Subversive Fulfilment and a mission shaped syllabus

The other day I said that in context training needs to be framed by a missiology. So, I began to think about what that type of syllabus might look like. What if we used the Subversive Fulfilment framework that I’m engaging with for my sabbatical.

So here’s my “What If?” Continue reading

In context training needs to be … in context

There’s been a lot of rethinking and reforming going on around theological education in the UK. One of the big moves has been towards providing training away from the seminary campus and in the local context. There has always been the option of distance learning but the provision of Union’s Learning Communities model and Crosslands flexacademy take things up a level. Continue reading

Urban Subversive fulfilment – Why I will be reading what I will be reading during my sabbatical

From June – August I’m taking a little sabbatical/period of study leave. One of my aims is to focus on how we go about urban mission. This will include

–          Visiting some people in other contexts

–          Reading books, journal articles and blogposts by others who have experience and/or have also taken time to reflect on this subject

–          Taking time to reflect on our own experience here and think practically about the future

The other day I published an initial reading list with some of the books and websites I think will be of interest to anyone involved in this area of Gospel ministry.

I wanted to explain a little bit more about a couple of my choices Continue reading

Dave’s Sabbatical Reading List -Urban Subversive Fulfilment

So, as promised here’s my reading list linked to the Urban subversive  Fulfilment project.  Some of these I’ve read already and to be honest I’m not sure if I’ll get through everything here but going to give it a good try! Thanks to people like @Litabny and Mark Pickett for their recommendations. Continue reading

Plant Sandwell

Our friends at The FIEC have created a fantastic resource to encourage churches to pray for Church planting. It’s called Go Into and it’s a set of 50 fact cards about places around the UK which would benefit from church-planting Continue reading