Author: Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church and director of 20schemes. He is the author of numerous books, including The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse (Christian Focus) and Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope (Christian Focus). He's married to Miriam and has two daughters. You can follow him on Twitter.

January 18, 2022
’The Least, the Last and the Lost’—Will We Address the Problem in the UK Church?

Do movement leaders, para-church leaders and theological institutions have the courage to call a moratorium on outreach into council estates and housing schemes?

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January 11, 2022
’The Least, the Last and the Lost’—Is Scotland a ’Spiritual Wasteland’?

Scotland’s schemes certainly have been—for decades now.

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November 18, 2021
’The Least, the Last and the Lost’—Is Church for Guys Like Me?

It seemed as if the more I wanted to distance myself from my old life, the more the church kept me at arms-length for anything else.

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November 11, 2021
’The Least, the Last and the Lost’—When Life Became War

It turns out that there really is a great cost to following Jesus.

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November 4, 2021
‘The Least, the Last and the Lost’—Why I Wrote A Book About Poverty and the Local Church

A quarter of a century ago, I was shivering in the cold outside Victoria Train Station in London. I was high. I was hungry. I was scared. I was so very angry at the world.

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August 24, 2021
Why You Shouldn’t Apply to 20schemes Unless Your Marriage is Broken

How couples deal with their conflict tells me how they’re going to deal with their ministry

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August 17, 2021
The Importance of Good Research for Church Planting

Most planters are fine with getting facts and figures off the internet, and spouting them to anybody who will listen, in an effort to look like they know what they’re doing.

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August 10, 2021
Why You Should Let Complete Strangers Stay in Your Home

We do it because 20 years ago, an older couple in church broke with their entire worldview and comfortable life and allowed me into their home.

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July 27, 2021
Should All Leaders Be Great Readers?

Reading has many surprising benefits.

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July 13, 2021
Drugs and the Gospel in Scotland’s Schemes

The government has it wrong when it comes to our drugs problem. It is not just a social issue. It is a spiritual one.

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