ReSource Weekends

Resource is an immersive mission experience over four weekends in a range of locations and contexts…

Participants will learn by meeting people who are doing mission, by hanging out with their communities, hearing their stories and then thinking about what they can learn for their own contexts. Throw in some diverse contexts, some great food and inspiring other people on the weekends.  There is a great mix!

To find out more and book your place visit www.resourcemission.com

Crucible

Crucible is a training programme for Christians with courage and imagination, who suspect:

  •  We live in a mission context and need to think like missionaries.
  • We need to think creatively about church in diverse and changing cultures.
  • We serve the God who constantly does new things on the margins.
  • On the margins of society among the poor and disenfranchised- at the margins of culture, where creative thinking explores new possibilities
  • Within the margins of the familiar, those spaces all around us neglected or ignored but full of potential

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cafechurch Network

What is cafechurch?

It is a web based network community of pioneers planting cafe churches with all sorts of helpful resources and connections to permissions from Costa Coffee, the following is an extract from their website.

cafechurch is coffee with a conscience. It’s the fresh expression of community in high street coffee stores (primarily Costa Coffee stores) dealing with issues from a faith perspective.

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The Message Trust and The Eden Project

The Message has a worldwide movement with a passion to share Jesus Christ with the hardest to reach young people. The journey began in 1988 when Andy Hawthorne and his brother Simon launched Message ’88 in order to find relevant ways of sharing the gospel the young people in the most deprived estates of Manchester.

Over the years the work has grown and grown reaching out to many different communities, schools and prisons where all sorts of new expressions of mission and church have been planted.

To learn more about the work of The Message click here

Teams are formed that go and live incarnationally in places with the lowest church attendance. Click here to find out more about Eden teams.

 

What do we most need for a new millenium?

At the 1999 National Anglican Church Planting Conference, Graham Cray challenged the church planting movement to prioritise outreach towards the totally non-churched. Looking at emerging cultural trends, he suggested what he believes we need most for effective mission in the new millennium. (Read on for an abridged version of Graham’s plenary address)

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Moving from Courses to Coaching

In the last few years there has been a growing focus on coaching and mentoring as the crucial role of leadership is recognised ever more in our challenging context. This has particularly been the case in the church where increasingly we are seeing a priority of ongoing support and learning through accompaniment and networks, to complement a leader’s development through conventional areas of training. In our ever changing society it is essential that we are able to equip our leaders to learn and develop in and through their own situation. Continue reading “Moving from Courses to Coaching”

Evangelisation in New Housing Areas

In this article, Freddy Hedley examines an article from the Group for Evangelisation (GfE).

One of the most challenging and yet most open opportunities for mission, church planting and fresh expressions of church for many years has been the context of new housing areas. These new housing estates provide a unique short-term window of mission opportunity for five years or so. This is because: a) Those having major change in their lives are most open to new things, including the gospel, and so there is a whole population more receptive to evangelism; and b) New housing areas notoriously lack community so that any good ‘community in mission’ can be the one place new arrivals can find it! Continue reading “Evangelisation in New Housing Areas”

Post- Christendom…Not so simple

According to sociologists we are living in the post- generation. We have rejected the institutions and values that were trusted in the world of modernism to enter post-modernity; we have left behind the absolute truths of structuralism to embrace a post-structural mindset. And we have witnessed the demise of the social dominance of the church, and so we are told we have entered post-Christendom. Continue reading “Post- Christendom…Not so simple”