Category Archives: community

How does the shape of theology affect the shape of church?

I have recently written a blog which has been published on the SCM Press blog site, based on my forthcoming book, Out of Nothing: A Cross-Shaped Approach to Fresh Expressions. This can be ordered from most online book retailers. You can pre-order direct … 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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Walking Church on Good Friday

An article written for the diocesan magazine about our Good Friday walk in the woods. ———————– Walking Church A few years ago I came across an idea for combining walking and church, being pioneered in North London by Wood Green … Continue reading

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Challenges of Church Planting

Hugo Charteris at Christ Church Newcastle makes some obvious but very real observations about church planting: Downsides to Church Planting By Hugo Charteris, 23 Apr 2014 At Christ Church we are committed to being a church (network of churches) that … Continue reading

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Another local minister put me onto this book about Jesus’ greatest commandments, The Art of Neighboring, by American ministers Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. Imagine if a network of churches across the city were engaged in actively pursuing the best for … Continue reading

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I like…

I like being a part of a community where the postman knows exactly where you live, recognises you, and pulls over in his van to give you a parcel that you’ve missed.

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Walking Worship

Yesterday we had our first experiment of Walking Church, which we titled, Walking Worship (simply because of the alliteration). This was inspired by Wood Green Mennonite Church experiments in London which I came across at the 2012 Greenbelt festival. Meeting … Continue reading

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New Beginnings in Derby

A couple of friends of mine has just started pioneer mission work in an area of Derby, and this is what they have to say about their new role.

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Northampton Inter-faith study final report

Following the survey and consultation into the needs of Northampton faith communities, the organisers of the study have released their Final Report which can be read here. My notes on the final consultation meeting can be read here. As a … Continue reading

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