The church around the globe is too diverse and too big for anyone ever to claim to have a handle on it. We need to expand our horizons and get a better picture of what God is doing in the world, but we won’t ever see the whole thing.
It is far too easy for churches in the UK to subconsciously set themselves to transmit with regard to the rest of the world. We see ourselves as teachers, trainers and contributors, but we rarely think in terms of receiving.
In the current situation, where ethnic identity is very much in the spotlight, the issues of diversity in the church are once more in focus. The temptation is to say that we need to be colour blind, we need to treat everyone the same.
The Evangelical Alliance in the UK have produced an interesting report on the church’s response to coronavirus, based on a survey of churches and Christian organisations. You can find the full report here, but if you are short of time, you can get the highlights in this short video. If the video doesn’t show up […]
We need to listen to the voices of BAME Christians and to allow them to speak for themselves and not explain away their experiences.
Britain is no longer a major economic or political force in the world. In the same way, the British church needs to learn to find a new place in a rapidly growing world Christian movement.
I want mission that we can experience, that we can partner with, that’s accountable and real. I don’t want another alphabet soup prayer day. I want to enjoy partnership in the gospel so that we can all benefit, as we strive to make disciples of all nations.
There are many ways to reach out to people at home and around the world; the key is that we do something. This is partly because this is the calling of the Church; mission is in our very nature, but also because the actual act of being involved in mission brings huge blessing to the church that does it.
I’m sorry, but making occasional trips overseas doesn’t qualify you to speak about the nature of mission any more than sitting in a pew gives me the background to talk about church leadership.
Following Jesus involves a radical call on our lives and we sell ourselves and our communities short when we swap that call for the middle-class dream of eating hummus in the suburbs.