Category Archives: Effective Church

Church-leavers’ viewpoints – a gift to the church?

A secondhand copy of Alan Jamieson “A Churchless Faith – Faith Journeys beyond the Churches” (2002) has just thudded onto our doormat, and is being read with sighs of recognition and interest. This is an extensive survey of people in New Zealand who … Continue reading

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Where is the chew in church?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to go to a church meeting where, after an opening song, the pastor announced that the congregation would be writing the sermon? I think that would get most people’s attention.  The idea is that the congregation … Continue reading

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5 Reasons people don’t go to church

“Why my friends don’t go to church”, Madeleine Davis presents her findings at Greenbelt. Video. Continue reading

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Not relevance but resonance

Mark Oakley’s speaks about the links between faith and poetry and his book “The splash of Faith: Believing in Poetry” Continue reading

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Christian Films in the Marketplace

Interesting video essay by Andy Saladino on the rise of the Independent Christian movie, released through major production companies.  Published in February 2016, it is slightly out of date.  But it does point out that the takings at Box Office … Continue reading

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Answering Big Questions in Life

Why is there suffering?  Is Jesus God or God Jesus? How do you know that God loves everyone? These honest questions are not simple.  But from the Christian community, the Zacharias Trust and Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics come some … Continue reading

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Beginning Asset-based community Development

(from article Robert King “Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church, retrieved 15 April 2017) https://www.faithandleadership.com/death-and-resurrection-urban-church Three steps in the process 1. Listen Learn about your community by paying attention to its people and environment, including individuals; associations and other community … Continue reading

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