Igniting Mission

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What about the one?

What about the one?

I wonder how you measure a successful event. For many it's when 'lots of people attended', but how many did you get to know, really get to know, sit, listen, really spend time together, and connect with? There are a number of stories in the gospels where Jesus spends...

Mission: Only by Prayer

Mission: Only by Prayer

Intercessory prayer sometimes gets a bad press. People say things like, ‘It’s telling God what he already knows’ or ‘There’s no point if God is in control.’ But we are in a spiritual battle as we engage in God’s mission to a hurting and sometimes hostile world. We can...

Learning in the Mission of God

Learning in the Mission of God

I was part of a conversation recently when someone said that a church had baptised five people soon after they’d worked through the Re:Imagine process. This clearly heightened the interest of everyone else in the room! Unfortunately, I felt as if I was the person with...

Stepping out into the Fog

Stepping out into the Fog

‘Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 Life has thrown me a few curve balls and sometimes it’s hard to know what the next steps in God's mission should be. I get confused! Sometimes, I confess, it’s hard...

Where Will Revival Begin?

Where Will Revival Begin?

I am the pastor of a small urban church in the middle of one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the South West of England. Life expectancy here is ten years lower than other parts of the city I live in. 48% of children who arrive at the local primary school are...

Collared: A Missiological Reflection

Collared: A Missiological Reflection

For Lent this year, I decided to wear a dog collar during ‘normal operating hours’. This decision had been building up for just a few weeks and had not come out of ‘no-where’, but it did open up the possibility of a shift in my understanding of local pastoral ministry...

Rooting Church Planting In The Story Of God

Rooting Church Planting In The Story Of God

Church planting is a practice that has long existed in the Christian church; indeed it is as old as the church itself. The narrative of Acts records for us how early Christian communities are formed. Christian communities are formed as people respond to the Gospel. As...

Pre-Prodigals?

Pre-Prodigals?

In our house we might have accidentally coined a new phrase. I wonder if it applies to your church too. Do you have ‘pre-prodigals’? A pre-prodigal hasn’t cashed in their inheritance and walked away from our heavenly Father … not yet … but they may not be far away...