40*40 The cost of urban mission

One of the things that Sarah and I have been considering is the possibility of pioneer church planting work. If we go for this option then we will need to be looking ourselves at the support and funding needed for this. At the same time, I have been committed to seeking to help raise upContinue reading “40*40 The cost of urban mission”

New Horizons update – the vision

Thank you to everyone who have been sharing with us your prayers, thoughts and good wishes as we seek the Lord’s will for our next steps after Bearwood. I wanted to give you a little update on how things seem to be developing in my mind.  Really, this is not about a new direction butContinue reading “New Horizons update – the vision”

The one real reason for church planting

I have attended my fair share of conferences and read my fair share of blogs, articles and books about church planting over time and I’ve heard a lot of reasons given for church planting.  These include It will increase capacity in your own church leading to further growth It will provide greater choice of churchesContinue reading “The one real reason for church planting”

Focus on the desired outcome

I had an intriguing conversation with someone about lockdown this morning. As readers will know, I’ve argued that it makes little sense to require even stricter lockdown measures for those already under strict measures whilst those not under the same level of restriction continue without any change. I’ve particular focused on the way that schoolsContinue reading “Focus on the desired outcome”

Can you cope with the mess?

The other day, I shared an article about the need for generous Gospel partnership if we are to reach the unreached parts of our urban areas, our towns and the cities.  I noticed today that someone had added a comment after a friend shared the article on Facebook. The point was that as well asContinue reading “Can you cope with the mess?”

Urban planting needs generous partnerships

I’ve written a couple of articles in the last few days about some changes I think we need to our thinking and approach if we are seriously about mission and church planting into urban Britain. Here’s my third article in the series. This level of partnership is going to take a significant level of mission.Continue reading “Urban planting needs generous partnerships”

Urban Church Planting – post COVID

For most of the past year most churches have had their heads down, focused on getting through this virus together without losing too many people and hopefully at the same time picking up new people via online services.  Yet whilst all of that has been happening, the need for new churches and church revitalisation hasn’tContinue reading “Urban Church Planting – post COVID”

A need that has not gone away during lockdown

One of my concerns is that we have short attention spans. We hop from topic to topic. Last year we were talking about Brexit, then thete were the climate extinction rallies. For Christisns they were eclipsed by some serious spiritual abuse cases hit the headlines. COVID-19 hit the headlines and suddenly all the things weContinue reading “A need that has not gone away during lockdown”

Church planting in a time of coronavirus -an idea

We have links with a church in the US who have live-streamed services for some time. Recently, they did some analysis of where people were tuning in from and found that they had people joining in from all around the world, including the UK. They then asked one of our elders if (with our permission),Continue reading “Church planting in a time of coronavirus -an idea”