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10 reasons why churches stall

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Here’s a great article in this month’s Evangelicals Now from Marcus Honeysett on why churches stall. Here are some highlights to whet your appetite … 1. The church forgets who we are and what we are for … When we forget that we are the community of disciples ...

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Tags: discipleship, missional church

the limits of incarnational models of mission part 3: the need for a whole gospel approach

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Here is final guest post from Dr Jonny Woodrow suggesting the need for a robust trinitarian theology to supplement an incarnational model of cultural engagement. This argument draws on reflections on Colin Gunton’s The One, the Three and the Many: God, Creation and the Culture of Modernity.

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Tags: cross-cultural mission, incarnation, contextualization, trinity

the limits of incarnational models of mission part 2: embodiment and incarnation

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Here is the second of three guest blogs from Dr Jonny Woodrow highlighting the limits of an incarnational model of mission by reflecting on Colin Gunton’s, The One, the Three and the Many

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Tags: cross-cultural mission, incarnation, contextualization, trinity

the limits of incarnational models of mission part 1: the triumph of the many over the one

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Here is the first of three guest blogs from Dr Jonny Woodrow. Jonny is a tutor with the Northern Training Institute and a church planter with The Crowded House. His blog posts reflect on the lessons for missional and incarnational church from Colin Gunton’s The One, the Three and the Many: God, ...

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Tags: trinity, contextualization, incarnation, cross-cultural mission

the gospel story - the story of community

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Tim Chester gives us a timely and helpful counter-weight to individualistic presentations of the Gospel. How would you tell it this Christmas?

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Tags: gospel, community, gospel community

village church planting in albania

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Tim Chester reports on a Radstock Vision Trip in Albania last month, and comments on the highlights.

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Tags: albania, church planting

mission: putting the local church at the heart of mission

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What’s striking about how Paul engages in mission (see partners in mission part one and part two) is how Paul consistently puts the local church at the heart of mission. Think for a moment about his approach.   1. Paul is sent by a local churchPaul is sent by a local ...

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Tags: church planting, local church at the heart of mission, cross-cultural mission

mission: partnership not independence

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In a previous post we looked at the importance of partnership between churches not dependence. We saw how in Galatians 1-2 Paul resisted any claims that the Gentile churches were unequal partners with the church in Jerusalem or under its authority. But what about 2:2? ‘I went there [to ...

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Tags: cross-cultural mission, mission, partnership, balkans

mission: partnership not dependence

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Last month, together with some of our younger leaders, I spent a week in the Balkans with Brian Jose. Brian had many stories of people from the West turning up in the Balkans, expecting to ‘do’ mission for local churches. He asks them, ‘Would you let an Albanian take over your ...

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Tags: balkans, partnership, mission, cross-cultural mission

what's your front line of mission?

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Posted by Tim Chester Mark Greene, writing in the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity magazine EG, tells the story of a church who started talking about everyone’s ‘frontline’. ‘Everyone had a frontline – a place, a context where they felt that God was ...

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Tags: culture, culture and mission, mission front line, london institute for contemporary christianity

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