Category Archives: church

 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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Five Tips for pioneers 2: Hang Out.

Last week I posted my five tips for new pioneers, which has come out of our first five years working here. Here they are in short: Pray a lot. Hang Out. Find a team and form alliances. Make a five … Continue reading

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Five Tips for pioneers 1: Pray.

1 1. Pray a lot. We can’t do this in our own power  Any sort of Church growth is by the Spirit of God. Using a gardening analogy, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God … Continue reading

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Five year Update!

It is now nearly five years since we moved to the St Crispin’s new housing development, along with our baby boy, our young cat, and our hopes to establish a worshipping community from the residents here. We knew no-one so … Continue reading

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