Why you should come to Bearwood Chapel

So, you’ve got you’re A-Level results and now you know that you’re coming to Birmingham to study at one of our fantastic Universities.  There’ll be a lot to plan and do over the coming weeks and next few months: books and equipment to buy, choices about where you will live, new friends to make.

Have you started to think about which church you might be part of yet?  There are some fantastic churches local to the University including

City Church

Church Central

Monyhull Church

These are great congregations where you’ll be taught well from God’s Word, welcomed, loved and encouraged to serve. Our concern is to see every believer who comes to the area find the right church where they can grow and serve.

In that context, we’d like to encourage you to consider Bearwood Chapel. We are a little further away from the University (a short bus ride on the 11, 48 or 120) and we are not one of the main student churches, however some students have made their home with us over the years. Continue reading

Journey into urban mission (part 2: My story with some observations)

Dave preaching at Bearwood Chapel

I grew up in Bradford West Yorkshire. I wasn’t an estate kid, the small cluster of owner-occupied houses where I grew up were nestled in between the large estates that dominate South Bradford. I went to the local comprehensive. The school was about 50% white working class and 50% Asian predominantly Muslim. Continue reading

Journey into urban mission (part 1)

Last week the Bishop of Burnley challenged visitors to the New Wine festival about mission to the poor. His charge was that the church had forgotten the poor and that event the recent upturn in church planting was primarily in student and wealthy areas. Continue reading

How might a pioneer church plant happen?

One of our #PlantBC aims is to support and encourage pioneer church plants.  A pioneer church plant happens when just one or two people start to reach a community with the Gospel. Over time as people respond to the good news they start to gather together for prayer, Bible teaching and praise.  This is different to a mother-daughter church plant where you send maybe 30-40 people from an existing congregation to start a church.  Continue reading

What does urban mission and ministry actually mean?

What do we mean when we talk about urban ministry?  When we talk about an “Urban area” at its simplest, we are distinguishing between urban and rural -between built up, heavily populated areas, towns, cities, conurbations and less densely populated areas, villages, hamlets etc. There is of course the “suburban” category used to identify outlying, reasonably prosperous suburbs of towns and cities. Continue reading

So you want to do urban mission?

I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be involved in urban mission whether that’s pastoring an established church, working with an existing church to see revitalisation or helping to plant a new church.

There’s so much attention starting to go into how best to serve the Gospel in urban and multi-ethnic contexts and there’s some great people around with lots of experience both of making mistakes and getting things wrong and of seeing God work in the middle of mess to bring blessing and fruit.

So, whether or not you’re just starting out and testing a calling, looking for training and a way in – or you are already engaged in urban ministry, here are some great places to find support and encouragement. Continue reading

Training opportunities – Deadline approaching

The deadline is fast approaching for September’s intake on the Union School of Theology’s GDIP programme. 

This is a great way of training for Gospel ministry, gaining a theological qualification, studying with others whilst gaining lots of practical experience of pastoral ministry. Continue reading