A movement for change

In the last couple of articles I’ve been writing about issues to do with race (and a little about class) that we need to respond to if we are to see multi-cultural churches reaching multi-cultural communities.

Of course, it is easy to identify problems but how does change happen? We say that “The Church” or even “The Conservative Evangelical constituency” need to change.  Agreed, but what does that look like in practice? Continue reading

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Our problems with race and class -what’s at the root of them?

On and off over the past few years I’ve been writing about urban mission. I’ve also had lots of conversations on and off line about the issues and challenges. A key theme keeps coming up it’s the absence of working class and people from non-white ethnic groups in our churches and in our leadership. Continue reading

Where are the non-white leaders?

Quite a few UK Christians have been praying and talking about a desire to see our churches reaching across cultures and becoming multi-cultural reflecting the many different ethnicities in their communities.

There are two motivating factors. First of all a recognition that church divided on racial lines is not a good witness to the Gospel which means we are all one in Christ Jesus and the future hope we have of people from every tribe and tongue gathered around the throne. Secondly it’s motivated by a desire to see unreached communities hear and respond to the Gospel.  Continue reading

6 Reasons why we have failed to reach working class and deprived communities (Unreached)

In his book Unreached, Tim Chester identifies 6 reasons why the church has struggled to reach working class and deprived communities. Continue reading

Some thoughts on culture shock

What happens when someone moves from one culture to another? We are especially concerned about this when thinking about cross cultural mission. Whilst this primarily applies to Christians moving from one country to another, it might also include moving between communities in one country. Examples might include: Continue reading

Sabbatical Week 4 -Reading, waiting and London

This past few weeks I’ve had time to start getting my teeth into the reading I wanted to do around urban mission. This has included setting some blocks of time to read two secular writers to are offering their own solutions to the challenges of modern urban life. They come from different extremes with Owen Jones being on the radical left and Douglas Carswell being a former UKIP MP. What is perhaps surprising or maybe not is that a lot of their analysis aligns. Both see things in terms of a powerful, wealthy, selfish elite who don’t care about the needs of everyone else. Both see a kind of democratic deficit meaning that people are needing a voice and seeking justice. They of course come to different conclusions about the way forward. Continue reading

The challenge of reading about the working class

As part of my sabbatical, I’m doing some reading and writing around the subject of urban mission.  This includes spending a little bit of time thinking about class issues. There’s one problem with this. Who does research about working class people, who write studies, articles and books about them?  The answer is middle class people. Continue reading