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

An invitation to explore urban church planting with us

Could you be a pioneer urban church planter? Would you be willing to move into a community and begin to share your life and the Gospel with people who don’t yet know Jesus. We’re keen to encourage people to come and get involved in this type of church planting here in the West Midlands. You… Continue reading An invitation to explore urban church planting with us

Equipping people for urban mission will need more than an alternative to seminary

Regular readers of Faithroot.com will know that I’m particularly passionate about seeing people equipped to pastor and plant in our urban contexts. This means that we need to be able to identify, call, train, send people from urban backgrounds, from working class and estate contexts, from different ethnic groups. It will mean encouraging and equipping… Continue reading Equipping people for urban mission will need more than an alternative to seminary

Faithroots Urban Church planting -how can you partner with us?

My primary focus at the moment is encouraging people to get involved in urban church planting here in the West Midlands.  There is a harvest field here, desperate for workers.  We want to see the Gospel reaching our estates and inner cities.  Is this something that you could partner with us on? There are three… Continue reading Faithroots Urban Church planting -how can you partner with us?

Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What does the pastor need to know about employment and HR?

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A pastor is first of all likely to be an employee if they are paid by the church. Traditionally, this was not always considered the case, rather they were defined as office holders and considered to work directly for God.  However, many will have an explicit employment contract now and the courts, tribunals and Inland… Continue reading Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What does the pastor need to know about employment and HR?

Hope for the City: Urban Subversive Fulfillment

Well, I’ve finally got round to completing the first draft of “Hope for the city.” This was a little project I kicked off whilst on sabbatical back in 2018. I wanted to think a little more deeply about how we approach mission to our urban contexts. Back at Oak Hill when I was studying there,… Continue reading Hope for the City: Urban Subversive Fulfillment

Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about asylum and immigration

This will vary depending on context but if you are serving in an urban context, then the issue of immigration is likely to play a significant part in your ministry.  What are the kinds of things you need to be aware of and thinking about? First of all, I think it will help you to… Continue reading Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about asylum and immigration

Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about safeguarding

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Most churches are reasonably aware of the requirement for Safeguarding policies and DBS checks now. However, it’s not something that you are going to get detailed training on in seminary and how churches engage with those requirements varies with some being fantastic and others a little chaotic.  Also, I still hear people complain that such… Continue reading Ministry nuts and bolts: What the pastor needs to know about safeguarding