Here’s a suggestion for how the urban trainee’s work might look Continue reading
I’ve written a few times on faithroots.net about the need to think again about how we train pastors and planters for urban ministry. As you know I have been arguing that we should be aiming to train people in context who for all sorts of reasons may not be able to access seminary based training. However, we also want to ensure that those trainee pastors benefit from the same quality of training. Continue reading
Here are some more thoughts prompted by recent discussion about reaching working class communities with the Gospel, by Stephen Kneale’s articles about where you belong and by my own experience. Continue reading
What exactly do we mean by “working class” and “middle class?” Those are natural and important questions as we talk about how we reach working class communities with the Gospel. Continue reading
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
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