Training urban planters and pastors (4) Think Missional

I want to keep coming back to the point that when I talk about training pastors and planters for urban ministry, I am not asking for special allowances or a dumbed down syllabus. Remember that my argument is that people from a working-class background are as capable as people from a middle class background.[1] My argument is that there are different ways in which people access learning. Continue reading

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Training pastors and planters for urban contexts in context (part 2 – The curriculum)

I want to continue the conversation by talking a little about the type of curriculum I would like to see in a local church context and how that can be delivered. Continue reading

Be careful where you draw the boundaries

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

Who are the working class -and who can reach them?

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

TrainBC – training for Urban Gospel ministry

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

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

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