The Urban Challenge – The Labourers are few

Do you see Urban Britain as a vital missionfield? Regular visitors to this site will realise that we do. If people like William Carey and Hudson Taylor sought to awaken their generations to the needs of world mission then the challenge for our generation  is the missionfield on our own doorstep.

Note, this concern should not come at the expense of other missionfields. Continue reading

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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

Urban idolatry 2 – The planter’s idols

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

Send us people to train and we’ll send them back … or on

This is an appeal to church leaders.  Is there someone in your congregation that you should be encouraging to train for pastoral ministry?  You see, whilst often the conversation starts with the individual experience a sense of calling and beginning to ask questions, look at courses, respond to adverts etc actually, pastors, missionaries and church planters need to be set apart, commissioned and sent and to a great extent the responsibility for encouraging people down this route lies with church elders.

If there is someone who might be ready to gain training and experience then will you consider sending them to train with us?

During their time with us they will: Continue reading

The point we keep coming back to is …

The biggest challenge that we face in urban church planting is that the evangelical church is locked onto one very specific model of church planting.  It depends on one large church or several medium sized churches setting aside between 20 -50 people as a core group to launch the church. Continue reading