What does your pastor need to know?

Every so often I see comments about what pastors and church leaders need to have studied, to know and be reading now. At one end of the spectrum is the view that “all we need is the Bible” and we don’t need to make it complicated.  At the other end of the spectrum is the… Continue reading What does your pastor need to know?

Ministry nuts and bolts: Music matters

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One of the things that church leaders spend quite a bit of time thinking about is the music or corporate sung worship in church life.  Now, when it comes to nuts and bolts issues, a lot will depend upon your context and outlook.  If you are a smaller church, happily following a traditional approach to… Continue reading Ministry nuts and bolts: Music matters

How Church in a box might help you

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In the summer, I began to put together some resources under the umbrella “Church In a Box.”  I was prompted to do this by two things. First of all, we were engaging in some outreach during the Commonwealth Games, we did not know where people would come from and go back to. We did not… Continue reading How Church in a box might help you

Wanted: A few pioneer planters

Over several years, I’ve had a growing desire to see churches planted or replanted into the urban West Midlands.  Along with others I want to see Gospel lights in places where there has been no meaningful witness for some time. Having been able to give some time to encouraging further planting whilst pastoring a church… Continue reading Wanted: A few pioneer planters

No, we do not need another University

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From the Daily Telegraph, apparently a think tank is proposing that we should have a competition to find the location of a new University to be named after Queen Elizabeth II. There’s now a competition under way it seems to find ways to “honour” the late Queen on the basis that it would be “fitting”… Continue reading No, we do not need another University

Come over and help us #PrayGiveCome

In this week’s main podcast, I took a little bit of time to share a bit more of our vision for urban church planting in the West Midlands and how you can partner with us. So, if you are interested in partnering with us to encourage urban planting and training then you can get involved… Continue reading Come over and help us #PrayGiveCome

Ministry nuts and bolts – how do we learn about wider leadership responsibilities?

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Steve Kneale recently posted a blog article about one of the things that they don’t teach you at Theological College.  The specific thing he is dealing with is church finances but there is a wider point I think which is that for church leaders, especially those in paid roles, there are wider leadership responsibilities than… Continue reading Ministry nuts and bolts – how do we learn about wider leadership responsibilities?

Further reflections on men, women, training and the church

The other day I mentioned a little bit of controversy around the question of whether women should go to seminary.  John Steven’s, the National Director of the FIEC and a staunch complementarian has added his voice in support of women training at seminary sharing an article from Michael Bird who happens to be an egalitarian.… Continue reading Further reflections on men, women, training and the church

Discerning a calling to the urban West Midlands

My desire is to see gospel communities planted into our urban inner city and council estate neighbourhoods in the West Midlands.  I believe that if this is going to happen then we’ll need two things. First of all, we’ll need indigenous church leaders from working class estate contexts and multi-ethnic contexts to be raised up,… Continue reading Discerning a calling to the urban West Midlands

What might vocational training look like (assessment)

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I’ve talked frequently about the need for vocational/in context training for Gospel ministry. This arises out of A local vision to see people planting and replanting churches into the urban West Midlands A belief that we need to be on a mission footing rather than in maintenance mode across the UK. These things both lead… Continue reading What might vocational training look like (assessment)