Training Urban Pastors and Planters in context (Part 6) – what might the week look like

Here’s a suggestion for how the urban trainee’s work might look Continue reading

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Dave’s Reading List – Church History

Pastors, elders, church leaders and, in fact, anyone wanting to grow in their faith should want to have a good grasp of church history.

Reading history, especially church history causes us to rejoice as we look back at God’s providential care for his people and the advance of the Gospel. Continue reading

Training urban planters and pastors (4) Think Missional

I want to keep coming back to the point that when I talk about training pastors and planters for urban ministry, I am not asking for special allowances or a dumbed down syllabus. Remember that my argument is that people from a working-class background are as capable as people from a middle class background.[1] My argument is that there are different ways in which people access learning. Continue reading

Training pastors and planters for urban contexts in context (part 2 – The curriculum)

I want to continue the conversation by talking a little about the type of curriculum I would like to see in a local church context and how that can be delivered. Continue reading

TrainBC – training for Urban Gospel ministry

I’ve been talking about how we identify, train and support urban pastors and planters. Now across the UK there are opportunities to put into practice what has been said here about the benefits of church and community based ministry including with 20 Schemes in Scotland, Pioneers with London City Mission or Urban Ministry training with Duncan Forbes.

Here in the Midlands, you could come and join us as an ActBC trainee. This would include Continue reading

Training pastors and planters for urban mission in working class and multi-cultural contexts

There has been some renewed discussion on twitter about how we identify and train church leaders for urban working-class mission. 

I have already written previously that I believe we need to give the same rigorous quality of training to people from for estate and inner- city contexts as you would expect in our top seminaries. However, I don’t believe that seminary is always the best place to train people.

So, what exactly is the type of training that our future leaders need (including planters, pastors, elders, deacons etc)? Here are some further thoughts: Continue reading

Working class or middle class leaders to reach working class communities?

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