Can church be developed and defined from its action?

Regular readers will know that this is something that i have teased at this quite a a while ago, amongst a variety of other pieces. I just thought it might be good to give it a rethink. I’m realising more and more that the broader church had a habit of wanting to redefine and re- strategise it purpose, often adopting marketing and business methodologies, or … Continue reading Can church be developed and defined from its action?

Should churches view young people as ministers?

What shall we do with young people when they grow out of messy church? How do we integrate young people into the life of the church? We do really great childrens work, but youths..? These are three of the most common questions that I hear on a regular basis from church leaders and congregations in regard to a church working with young people. I wouldnt … Continue reading Should churches view young people as ministers?

Encouraged by previous fights for equality – Catherine Booth

Most days over the last two years I have tried to read the daily reflection from Common Prayer: a liturgy for ordinary Radicals. Most days, not every day, Most days as a result I am not only drawn to passages of the scriptures, to liturgies from a range of faith traditions, but also to be inspired by the saints who have gone before. The women … Continue reading Encouraged by previous fights for equality – Catherine Booth

What kind of church does the world need?

We need a church that is both compassionately practical, challenges systems prophetically & suggests alternatives. That was the phrase I used on Twitter in a converation with a local member of the clergy. I might want to add also that in accordance with Ricouer : ‘Thus above and beyond emotions, dispositions, belief and non belief is the proposition of a world that the bibical language … Continue reading What kind of church does the world need?