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The challenge of mission…

The challenge of mission is to go on an adventure of the imagination that enables mission to be done from the inside of the primal worldview and cultures. This leads to an articulation of the gospel that is local and … Continue reading

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 Pints of View

Thinking of staring a pub-based fresh expression, I came across a Grove book, written in 2005 which outlines a church’s  efforts to connect to the local pub community (Peter Howell-Jones & Nick Willis,  Pints of View: Encounters down the Pub, … Continue reading

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Some fresh expressions thinking from 1957

This is from The Unfinished Task, by Anglican Bishop in Southern India in the 1950s, Stephen Neill. Speaking Southern Indian villages where traditional forms of the church have failed to make headway and proved to be inadequate, and seeking of the larger … Continue reading

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Pioneer Ministry in New Housing Areas: Grove Booklet

This succinct new Grove booklet offers a helpful introduction to pioneering on new build developments for practitioners and permission-givers. Penny Marsh and Alison Boulton look at how this has become a contemporary issue, give practical suggestions for pioneers and for those … Continue reading

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The Church’s priestly charge

Picking up some thoughts on priesthood (from Sunday’s lectionary’s Hebrews passage), Graham Tomlin speaks about the priestly charge of the church, and of all Christian people: “Christ’s priestly blessing is enacted through the church….. Unlike most human communities, the church’s … Continue reading

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Letting Go

Pioneers are not often surrounded by like-minded people. It requires a large amount of trust to let go and let others grow into leadership. For us, having to move on after five yeras is extremely painful, but we have to … Continue reading

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The most important step in missionary activity.

A slightly surprising one, according to Vincent Donovan (In Christianty Rediscovered) it is this: The final missionary step as regards any nation or culture, and the most important lesson we will ever teach them – is to leave. After all … Continue reading

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