Our desire as a local church in the urban West Midlands is to see people in our inner cities and on our estates come to faith in Jesus Christ. We see fields white for harvest but also that the labourers are few. If you have a passion to see people in urban Britain come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, we’d love to invite you to come and join us in the mission field here. We are praying that God will send labourers into our harvest field. Continue reading
So, you are thinking about pastoral ministry in an urban area, maybe as a trainee, pastor, church planter or part of a revitalisation team. Where do you start? One thing I would encourage you to do is spend some time getting to know the area, getting a feel for the communities and cultures. There’s a good role model for this. Paul spent time walking around Athens, observing. Continue reading
Pre-millenialists believe that Jesus will return and reign for 1000 years. Until then, the church must patiently endure and remain faithful. There will be times of persecution including one great tribulation. Christians should expect to be in the minority.
Post-Millenialists believe that Christ’s millennial reign is happening now, before the return of Christ. They expect great growth in the church and Christians to have influence and power, even seeing Christian governments formed.
Both viewpoints claim to have evidence that their view is right. Pre-Mills point to the way that the church is small minority and the rise of hostile secular governments. Post-Mills point to great gospel growth around the world. Evidence seems to support both perspectives because at any one time, the church is seeing fruitful growth and struggle depending where you are.
I was thinking about this when reading two articles about church planting last week. Stephen Kneale argues that church planting has become popular -it’s the in vogue thing to do and there’s a certain status that goes with being a planter. Ryan Burton King has responded by arguing that planting carries very little honour and there’s very little interest in church planting.
Can both be right? Continue reading
We have opportunities for people to train with us in urban mission and church planting. We are looking for individuals and couples who believe that they have a calling to share the good news about Jesus in our urban communities with a particular focus on estate and inner city ministry. Continue reading
We are offering training opportunities to people who are seriously investigating a calling to urban mission – i.e. Church Planting and/or church revitalisation in inner city and estate contexts. Our own immediate concern is to encourage church planting and revitalisation in the urban West Midlands (especially, Sandwell, West Birmingham and the Black Country). However, we also would love to see people going on to pastoral ministry in other contexts (we have already see one trainee, Hannes return to Austria as an associate pastor).
Training with us will include:
Training in Theology, Pastoral Counselling and Bible teaching. This will be through: Continue reading
Just to be clear, we are not looking for pastors to come and look after new, ready made churches with 30 – 50 members. We are not even looking for team leaders to take charge of a core group ready to start the plant. Continue reading
I want to tell you about a couple of great job opportunities. There’s one catch and that’s very simply that there’s no pay on offer! Continue reading