The Urban Challenge – The Labourers are few

Do you see Urban Britain as a vital missionfield? Regular visitors to this site will realise that we do. If people like William Carey and Hudson Taylor sought to awaken their generations to the needs of world mission then the challenge for our generation  is the missionfield on our own doorstep.

Note, this concern should not come at the expense of other missionfields. Continue reading

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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

Music, culture and urban church

This week a couple of rappers have caught my attention.  First there was this by Flame drawn to our attention after a Learning Community discussion on contextualisation.  Then there was John Piper’s comments on Lacrae which we picked up on here.

I want to just pick up on one or two (not completely connected) thoughts that struck me. Continue reading

Urban Subversive fulfilment – an attempt at an urban missiology in outline

Below is an attempt to sketch out an approach to urban theology and urban missiology. I’m hoping to pick up and flesh out some of these points in more detail. Particularly over the next few weeks I want to talk a little bit more about what I mean by urban theology what it is and what it isn’t and why we need it. The other one is the question the church and its idols.   Feel free to pitch in by sending comments via our contact form. No doubt there’ll be some conversations on Twitter. Continue reading

Why we need urban theology and urban theologians

I am usually cautious about adding prefixes to the word theology apart from  the normal classifications: biblical, systematic, historical and pastoral. That’s because theology is simply about knowing God through his own revelation and so there is the risk that if I add a prefix based on class, culture or gender I imply that those things will lead me to a different knowledge of Him and his revelation. Certainly, that is what is implicit when people talk about feminist or LBGT theology. The risk is also that I look to God, revelation and theology as something I can employ for my own ends in the particular battle I am fighting.[1]

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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