Corporate Repentance?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing about the challenge facing our churches as we recognise our failure to reach people from working class and ethnic minorities with the gospel and to grow churches that in terms of attendance, membership and leadership reflect ethnic and class diversity.

I’ve noted that there have been a number of calls for repentance for past failure and past sin and the possibility of “corporate repentance”. In a previous article, I talked about the need some of the challenges with this, specifically, how do you bring people together collectively and who speaks for them. Continue reading

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People like me

I wrote in an earlier article about how the decision to pursue a perceived elite to enable trickle down evangelism was such a massive wrong turn in the 20th century. It’s not that elitism is the only problem, rather, it is an example of a dangerous attitude and is indeed exemplary of the way that attitude works. Continue reading

Inside the Camp? Evangelical Tribalism and multi-cultural church

I want to talk a little about a couple of words and phrases I’ve heard over the years in connection with conservative evangelicalism. We slip into talking about ” our tribe” or “our camp” and then we talk about those who are “outside the camp.” Continue reading

A movement for change

In the last couple of articles I’ve been writing about issues to do with race (and a little about class) that we need to respond to if we are to see multi-cultural churches reaching multi-cultural communities.

Of course, it is easy to identify problems but how does change happen? We say that “The Church” or even “The Conservative Evangelical constituency” need to change.  Agreed, but what does that look like in practice? Continue reading

Our problems with race and class -what’s at the root of them?

On and off over the past few years I’ve been writing about urban mission. I’ve also had lots of conversations on and off line about the issues and challenges. A key theme keeps coming up it’s the absence of working class and people from non-white ethnic groups in our churches and in our leadership. Continue reading

Where are the non-white leaders?

Quite a few UK Christians have been praying and talking about a desire to see our churches reaching across cultures and becoming multi-cultural reflecting the many different ethnicities in their communities.

There are two motivating factors. First of all a recognition that church divided on racial lines is not a good witness to the Gospel which means we are all one in Christ Jesus and the future hope we have of people from every tribe and tongue gathered around the throne. Secondly it’s motivated by a desire to see unreached communities hear and respond to the Gospel.  Continue reading

Not just clumsy … Wrong

You’ll have seen the commentary on the Northern Men’s Convention and the controversial publicity for this year’s event. Following Graham Nicholl’s challenge on the Affinity site that the language of the invitation was clumsy, a statement from the convention appeared on their website this morning apologising and acknowledging that the language was “clumsy.” By midday, that apology had disappeared Continue reading