The Both and of Mission

One of my personal passions and priorities is to see people get involved in urban mission, making disciples who make disciples in communities where there is practically no gospel witness at the moment. That urban focus means that we have a particular concern for poor/deprived neighbourhoods and working-class people. It means that we have aContinue reading “The Both and of Mission”

More thoughts on urban planting

As you know, one of my concerns is to see churches planted into our less fashionable areas and to see them established and multiplying.  Moving from what we desperately want to see to actually seeing it, is the challenge though.  We’ve been looking to see if it would be possible to get involved in pioneerContinue reading “More thoughts on urban planting”

Showing Up – Turning From Idols

In the last chapter, I identified a number of redemptive offers, alternative hope offered from religious, political, social or economic perspectives.  At the end of the chapter I observed that these alternative solutions have several things in common. They encourage people to assume a victim identity. The world is then divided between a powerful minorityContinue reading “Showing Up – Turning From Idols”

Showing Up: Alternative Hope

In this chapter, we start to think more about idolatry and the alternative (false) hopes that people living in urban neighbourhoods are offered.  Showing up, is the stage where we start to think about why idolatry offers false hope by showing up its failings and flaws. Idolatry offers false hope because whilst for a timeContinue reading “Showing Up: Alternative Hope”

Searching Out: Establishing Points of Contact

At this stage we have a generalised understanding of the types of people we are likely to encounter in Urban Britain today. However, searching out requires us to drill down a further level. One of our aims is to establish points of contact with people. This is where we being to talk more about hopesContinue reading “Searching Out: Establishing Points of Contact”

Stepping In: The Need

I’m going to be writing about the need to reach our inner cities and council estates with the good news about Jesus and his death and resurrection. This series of articles arises out of a growing recognition that there is a great and terrible gap in our gospel witness. To be fair, Gospel witness inContinue reading “Stepping In: The Need”

Hope For The City Urban Subversive Fulfilment

Well, we are almost there. A little project I started 2 years ago is coming to its conclusion. Just before I  went on Sabbatical, I started researching and writing. My aim was to think about the missiology of how we approach urban ministry and church planting. In order to do this I spent time revisitingContinue reading “Hope For The City Urban Subversive Fulfilment”

Faithroots Wednesday

Join us for live teaching, training and encouragement today.  9:00am Morning Prayer with devotions – Lord of Space and Time (Matthew 12:1-13) 2:00pm Gospel Maths (part 2)  Pandemic proofing the church 8:00pm The finale of “Life in the presence of the Living God” as we look at Deuteronomy 33 and 34. All live sessions areContinue reading “Faithroots Wednesday”

Pandemic or Tsunami proofing Gospel multiplication

The other day, I talked about things that can prove obstacles to Gospel multiplication. At the end, I mentioned something specific to our current circumstance. I do not think that we were Tsunami proof. We were not ready for the crisis of the pandemic. There has been multiplication but it was vulnerable and fragile.  OfContinue reading “Pandemic or Tsunami proofing Gospel multiplication”

Faithroots Urban Mission and Urban Training

As you know, our exact longer term future is rather up in the air. We’ve been taking time over the last couple of months to listen to options and will now be giving a lot of prayer as we seek discernment on where to follow up. We’ll hopefully be able to share a bit moreContinue reading “Faithroots Urban Mission and Urban Training”