Blessing the World

Here are my talk notes from Friday morning’s sermon at the Union Conference.  The talk was on the topic “Blessing the World” which is one of Union’s core values. In full this is

“Blessing the world. We join God’s mission to fill the earth with the glory of Jesus as we are led by the Spirit.”

Nb. These are notes only, not a full script. 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

Going Long (part 1)

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

Theological Training is not a mere hobby

Why am I passionate about what we are trying to do with the TrainBC bit of ActBC? Why am I excited about what we are doing with Union in developing a Learning Community in the Urban West Midlands? Why am I not yet satisfied that we are there yet?

The answer is within the phrase “the TrainBC bit of ActBC.” I’m passionate about training for Gospel ministry because it serves the purpose of Gospel ministry. We didn’t just get involved in training as a hobby. To be sure, I enjoy training and mentoring people but it’s not just for the intellectual pleasure. 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

Thinking about Gospel Ministry training? -Start planning for 2018 now


 

 

We’re just about to start our first Union G-Dip programme in a couple of weeks’ time, so it may seem a bit strange to be talking about September 2018 or even 2019. Yet the reality is that now is just the right time to be thinking about Gospel Ministry training if it is likely to happen within the next two to three years. Continue reading