If we want to equip and support urban church planters it will take more than just an alternative to seminary. We need to think about long term support and that includes good literature written by front line practitioners for front line practitioners that is theologically rich, pastorally practical, accessible and affordable.
Interview with Danielle Treweek, director of Single Minded, We talk about a theology of singleness, singleness and the church, what Single people teach us about God's eternal plan, how churches can be safe places where single people flourish, are blessed and are a blessing
An interview with Ryan Burton King where we talk about
1. Should pastors take sides and speak on political issues?
2. To what extent is the current situation about Spiritual conflict?
3. What is God doing in the situation?
4. What can we learn from Ukrainian believers?
5. How can we pray for Ukraine?
If you've not managed to catch it yet, here's this week's Faithroots Podcast to listen to. We talk about how a church family collectively can experience a form of PTSD due to events in the life of the church.
Causes can include: loss and bereavement including death, the departure of longstanding members or the retirement of a pastor. Other causes might include division and splits, false accusation, abuse and serious sin.
A church that has suffered PTSD will see its culture and outlook affected. This might have an impact on tone and content in worship and teaching, relationships within the church and relationships with others.
Churches that have been through traumatic experiences may benefit from revitalisation.
- Sue Gray's report on party gate is published
- Senior civil servant complains about impact on the civil service.
-PM smears Keir Starmer over the CPS failure to prosecute Jimmy Saville.
What if anything can church leaders learn?
#FaithrootsPodcast - we need to move from maintenance mode to mission mode. This will need us to plant churches into unreached neighbourhoods. This will require a different type of plant/planter and it will need a different type of training
We often treat depression differently to other illnesses. Whilst we expect that not everyone will be healed from physical conditions, we seem to see it as a defeat if someone goes on living with chronic or recurring bouts of mental illness. But is that what God's Word actually says? And if not then how can I live with something that is permanent - or at least long term in a way that is holy?