Topic: Urban Ministry

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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May 9, 2013
The Silliness of Social Engineering

An article on the BBC website caught my eye recently. “London’s New Housing Loses The “Dirty Word” Apparently new homes being built in London are now being renamed, ‘neighbourhoods’ instead of‘estates’, because the powers that be feel that the latter has a pejorative association. Indeed, according to the report, which you can read here, the […]

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May 3, 2013
Winning Gangs With Compassion

This book was a New York Times best seller, and charts the ministry of Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder and director of ‘Homeboy Industries’. Their mission statement sums up what they do far more adequately than I could hope to: “Our Mission: Jobs not Jails: Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang involved […]

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April 19, 2013
14 Obstacles to Church Planting

Housing scheme ministry is a tough gig. It is made somewhat harder when you are and/or have renewed a stagnant and/or dying congregation. We do have to watch out for all sorts of obstacles. 1. People Fatigue – I know I am tired and I need to refocus spiritually when I get sick of people and […]

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April 18, 2013
Why a Good Wife is the Difference Between Success and Failure

“A fourth threat to undermine a man’s ministry is a non supportive wife. It could also extend to the children, but particularly a non supportive wife, one who nags and battles a pastor as he tries to be faithful and loyal to the Lord and the church. If she is negative on the church or […]

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April 12, 2013
How Can the Church Respond to Bankrupt Britain

‘Bankrupt Britain: An Atlas of Social Change’ by Daniel Dorling, says that society in Britain is shot through with inequality and poverty. According to their research: It is well-known that of all the countries of Western Europe, the UK has among the highest rates of child poverty and by far the highest rate given the […]

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April 9, 2013
Is Our Helping Really Hurting?

This is an extremely provocative book and I absolutely loved it. Although written for a North American cultural mindset, it is certainly applicable across much of Europe. The byline is, ‘How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself’. We live in a culture where the concept of a ‘missions trip’ […]

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March 23, 2013
Training and Discipleship in Housing Schemes
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March 22, 2013
6 Key Principles for Church Planting in Urban Areas

Although this is a website dedicated to housing scheme ministry in Scotland, I want to highlight a video from America today. Here is a short video from Dhati Lewis, from the Rebuild Network, interviewing some Christian brothers about urban church planting in their context. Obviously, our situation is completely different in Scotland, but there are […]

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March 13, 2013
The Challenges of Being a Pastor in a Housing Scheme, 2
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