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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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Mission or accompaniment – do we have to choose?

In my book, Out of Nothing, I have critiqued the usefulness of missio Dei as a theological foundation for birthing new churches. Roger Walton, for example, critiques fresh expressions of church as being too church-shaped in their mission (‘Have we got … Continue reading

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Christianity Rediscovered (Vincent Donovan)

I recently had a post published on the SCM Press website about the effect of Catholic Missionary Vincent Donovan’s work with the Masai of Tanzania has had on fresh expressions thinking, 21st century mission, and on my practice. Follow the … Continue reading

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The Church as a Watering Hole? Or Desert Place?

A few weeks ago I tweeted a quote from Barbara Glasson’s book, Mixed-Up Blessing. Barbara was the Methodist minister assigned to pioneer new things in the city centre of Liverpool. Out of her work came what has become known as … Continue reading

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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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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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