Topic: Urban Ministry

August 17, 2015
Mark Dever on Challenges for Those Ministering in Deprived Communities
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July 17, 2015
Mark Dever on Why Needy Areas Need Healthy Churches
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July 6, 2015
Gospel Ministry Among Middlesborough's Poorest

This article was written by David Binder. According to Pew Research (USA) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Christianity in the 21st century is declining. Whilst, broadly speaking, fewer seem willing to identify themselves as Christiansas in the past, leading commentators such as Ed Stetzer have argued that Evangelical Christian numbers are stable, or […]

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April 8, 2015
Confessions of a Scheme Boy at New Word Alive

A couple of weeks ago I went to New Word Alive to deliver a couple of seminars on poverty in the UK and reaching the lost on council estates (and schemes). My only previous experience of NWA had been two years prior when a couple of us had gone with a stand to publicise the […]

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March 9, 2015
Is There Any Future for the Impossibly Hopeless in Our Communities?

Listen to Paul speaking to a church dividing on ethnic and social lines in Ephesians 2:14–17: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was […]

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March 3, 2015
Are the Schemes as Needy as We Say They Are?

“It doesn't look as bad as I thought.” “I’ve seen worse.” “I thought it would be rougher than this.” “I don’t know what I was expecting but this looks OK.” Just some of the comments I have been noticing more and more from overseas visitors to the schemes (specifically Niddrie). It’s fascinating, to me anyway, […]

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February 10, 2015
Why is 20schemes So White, and What Do We Intend to do About It?

London is a cosmopolitan city. It is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. It’s a whole swirl of colours and people and nations. It’s almost the very definition of cultural diversity. We find this to be the case even in its housing estates too (although there are always exceptions!). Birmingham is similar, but with a higher Muslim population […]

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November 19, 2014
Let's Not Preach the Gospel Using Words if Necessary: Reclaiming Evangelism for Scotland's Schemes

With the explosion of interest in mercy ministry in evangelical churches has come a lot of well-intentioned people with a lot of poorly-thought-out theology. So, it’s not uncommon to hear people refer to evangelism in the following terms: Preach the gospel and use words if necessary. Evangelism is as much about what we do as […]

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June 4, 2014
Too Posh to Be Effective in Inner-City Ministry?

I get to travel and talk to a lot of churches about the work of 20schemes. Given the demographics of evangelical churches in the UK and the culture within which it (largely) operates, a lot of the young people that talk to me are well educated and middle class. Almost always, their first question is: […]

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June 21, 2013
Is 20schemes Really Necessary In Scotland?

So, the critique of 20schemes gathers apace in some parts of the Scottish church. “Over reliant on American money”,“going to swamp our country with ghastly Americans”, “an unnecessary organisation given that every scheme has a Parish church”,“they suppress women”, “they're going to ride roughshod over existing church initiatives”. When we launched 20schemes last November, nobody […]

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