Safer Churches e-book

Here in one place are the studies and discussion questions helping us to think through what it means to plant safer churches Planting Safer Churches I would encourage Church leadership teams to work through these over a series of sessions. I am also currently preparing a series of YouTube videos to accompany the discussions

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

Come over and help us: Train with us

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Here’s an opportunity to partner with us in urban church planting and to receive back yourself.  Along with a few other people, I’ve been arguing for some time that we need to revisit how we train and equip people for pastoral ministry.  Whilst traditional theological seminaries still have their place, I believe that many Christian… Continue reading Come over and help us: Train with us

“Come over and help us” – can you give?

Today I wanted to say a little bit more about the second part of partnership for urban church planting in the West Midlands. Giving.  We’re British so we aren’t comfortable about talking about money and I promise that this won’t become a habit on Faithroot.com.  However, giving is a way of developing partnership as you… Continue reading “Come over and help us” – can you give?

“Come over and help us” Start by praying

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Over the past few days, I’ve been writing a little bit more about how you could partner with us for the Gospel as we seek to see the urban West Midlands reached with the Gospel.  I’m spending a little time on this now because people often use the beginning of the academic year to evaluate… Continue reading “Come over and help us” Start by praying

Church plants come in different shapes and sizes

Church plants come in different shapes and sizes.  In this article, I’d like to describe the main ones to help those thinking about urban church planting to consider which option would be best in their context. Mother-daughter plant This seems to have been the most common approach to church plant in recent times. This approach… Continue reading Church plants come in different shapes and sizes

Where do you live? Types of urban context

How do you imagine the city?  You may have a dominant image of what urban life is like, a busy city centre, student halls of residence and digs, a tough council estate or an ethnic inner city. The reality is that city life is about all of these and more.  When we talk about urban… Continue reading Where do you live? Types of urban context

Yes church planting is hard work but it is also necessary

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I saw a comment recently to the effect that church planting is hard work “crazy hard work” but also often unnecessary.  The person went on to say that if people were going to insist on doing it that they need to be properly networked in with others for accountability ( a denomination or affiliation). I… Continue reading Yes church planting is hard work but it is also necessary

Messy Church

A few years back, I discovered to my disappointment that the label I wanted to apply to our experience of church life had already been taken.  If you hear the term “Messy Church” you are likely to associate it with an all age event, aimed at children but including their parents  with craft, Bible stories,… Continue reading Messy Church