Discerning a calling (1) A process for the local church

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The place where potential pastors, youth and children’s leaders and women’s workers are likely to be identified is in the local church and that’s exactly where it should be.  A healthy church wants to encourage members of the church family to use their gifts to serve the Gospel.  In some cases, this will mean considering… Continue reading Discerning a calling (1) A process for the local church

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)

Grace and Peace (Romans 1: 1-7)

I have spent the bulk of my life living in three of the UK’s biggest conurbations.  I grew up in West Yorkshire, spent 4 years in London and then we moved to the West Midlands. This has given me a huge concern for the city. I am keen to see churches rooted and established on… Continue reading Grace and Peace (Romans 1: 1-7)

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 revisiting… Continue reading Hope For The City Urban Subversive Fulfilment