Another way to help the urban church – use your retirement

Are you planning for your retirement? What does that retirement look like. For some people it will mean staying put and increased opportunities to serve in their home church. For others, the dream may be of a move to somewhere new to enjoy a well earned change of scenery. Some may even be looking at a place in  a retirement village. Continue reading

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6 more ways you can help and encourage urban mission

I’ve recently shared two articles about how churches and individuals can partner with and support urban mission in the UK.

The latest article talks about how we have been trying to encourage urban mission and church planting in our area and the previous puts forward two suggestions, one for churches and one for individuals.  The idea for “individuals” is something anyone could start doing now. The idea for churches is something that many of us might find a little beyond us at the moment.  So here are some further small step ideas. Continue reading

What about … (2 practical ideas for supporting urban mission)

There has been some talk recently about how we encourage mission to needy urban areas. Here are two simple ideas. One for churches and one for individuals. Continue reading

Partner With Us – ActBC

Regular faithroots readers will know that we are passionate about seeing the Gospel proclaimed  particular to urban Britain and specifically in the West Midlands.  We’ve talked here about some of the challenges and about the great opportunities.

It is because we want to see people who don’t know Jesus come to know him and because we want to see them gathering in healthy local churches which are having an impact on their neighbourhoods that we started our ActBC initiative. The aim is to partner with, train, mentor, encourage and help support gospel workers who share this vision. Continue reading

The urban challenge – urban mobility

One of the challenges of urban ministry is the mobility of people coming into and then leaving a community. It means that someone may turn up  and be around for a couple of weeks, couple of months or couple of years. Continue reading

The dilemma you don’t need to have

So, one of the dilemmas people sometimes struggle with when thinking about urban mission is that they want to communicate the Gospel and that means teaching the Bible but that means using words, reading, speaking to the mind and will that end up being intellectual and not speaking to those we want to reach.  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