One suggestion about why we struggle to reach working class communities is that we primarily have middle class leaders of churches, furthermore, we have middle class leaders because we put barriers in the way of working class people becoming leaders because we identify the qualities and training methods associated required for leaders with middle class qualities. Continue reading
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
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
I started out at Oak Hill studying for a BA in Theology and Pastoral studies back in 2006. Whilst I was there people like Mike Ovey, Chris Green and Dan Strange persuaded me and others to extend my studies into and complete an MTh (Master of Theology).
I’m glad they did. As I’ve mentioned before, there are huge benefits to “going long” in your training for ministry. Just as theological training is not a hobby to enjoy for personal benefit, nor is it a necessary evil to get out of the way so we can get on with the real stuff.
There are two good reasons for this and both are deeply theological. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a little more about the shape of theological training and the role of local churches in that, particular as we consider how to train and equip people for urban mission and planting. I want to suggest five propositions. Continue reading
So, you’ve talked with the elders, family, other church members and there’s agreement that things should progress a bit further. What might the next steps look like?
Really at this stage we’ve just agreed that something seems right. We’ve not talked about how it might happen.
I want to suggest a few possibilities Continue reading