In a recent blog posting, Fresh Expressions Director of Media, Norman Ivison, writes, “In Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (yes, films do take a while to arrive in Longridge) Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor), an expert in salmon, and Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) arrive in the Middle East to embark upon a hopeless project. One of […]
Behold! Something stirs in the English countryside… “Tanworth-in-Arden is a small rural parishbetween Birmingham and Redditch. Paul Cudby, vicar of St Mary Magdalene church, explains what they are doing to reach those who don’t ‘do’ church.” read more
Wednesday’s last plenary was a mixture of these three speakers, each answering the question, “What does it take to transform a community?” Brenda Salter McNeil is a well known speaker who focused on racial reconciliation using Acts 1:8. She described reconciliation in “Samaria”, when people are so different they say “God ought to do something […]
This was a plenary session packed with speakers! The first was Reggie McNeal, of the Leadership Network. He described the Missional Church this way: The people of God (we are not planting an “it” but a “who”) partnering with Him in his redemptive mission in the world Some soundbites from Reggie. I didn’t find he […]
My first workshop of the day was with Efrem Smith, who planted Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church plant in Minneapolis. He started with a core group of 22, that grew to 80 before launch day. A core team is vital to multi-ethnic planting. It should equip and empower people serving with you around something […]
On Monday nights in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, the Yellow Griffin Pub’s upstairs room hosts “God at the Pub”. A ministry of Runnymede Community Church for seven years, “God at the Pub” is the result of the church leadership’s fervent prayer and missional impulse to lower the “barriers to entry” posed by their traditional church […]
Vincent Donovan was a Catholic missionary to the Maasai in Tanzania in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His book Christianity Rediscovered (Orbis 1978) has been a best-seller ever since, and I am not the only teacher who has used it in classes on mission and evangelism to help students think through issues of Gospel and culture.
After visiting the IKEA in North York a few weeks ago, I had to ask, “What does IKEA have that we—the church—don’t have?” This question is at once tongue-in-cheek and a sober one. On the tongue-in-cheek end of things, they’ve obviously got more comfortable seats, a great deal of marketing geniuses (have you seen their commercials?!) and a multi-million dollar advertising budget! On the sober end of things, IKEA, as a culture, presents and represents a challenge to the church.
On Saturday, March 14 sixty-four people from across the Diocese of Ontario took part in a Vision Day held at Christ Church, Cataraqui in Kingston. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Diocese of Ontario’s Evangelism Committee and Fresh Expressions Canada, was the largest of its kind in Canada to date. With a powerful endorsement […]
Shortly after the 2008 Vital Church Planting Conference, I shared some church planting principles with my sister on a winter camping trip. Among other things, I explained the importance of understanding cultural context, and how evangelism and church planting efforts can be helped or hindered by geography. Months later, for my birthday, she added to […]