Category Archives: Total Church

Why parish church is more easily real church

I am the vicar of a small, urban priority parish, so I am naturally biased toward the parish (or local church) model over the network model of church.  Both the local church and gathered church are real church, as Calvin … Continue reading

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Everyday Church study guide

We’ve just finished a six-week Lent course using Steve Timmis and Tim Chester’s excellent book, Everyday Church.  I simplified, sumarised and added to the teaching of each chapter in a handout, with bible study notes on 1 Peter.  I encouraged … Continue reading

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Living the American Dream in the UK?

How we live tells us what we are living for.  This little video is such a challenge to the UK ideal of a comfortable life.  The message is aimed at Americans but the message is as relevant here as the … Continue reading

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Carson on 5 trends in the church today

Thanks to Peter Cockrell for posting his notes from Don Carson’s talk at Bethlehem Baptist Church last Friday. In a nutshell, Carson seems to be saying: there’s lots of detailed academic knowledge but little mission in today’s church churches are … Continue reading

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Growth groups to adopt a ministry

We are reviewing our Growth Groups at church using a process developed by Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York. In our groups we aim to cover the four ‘W’s: Worship, Word, Witness and Works of service. We can get stuck in … Continue reading

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Routine vs Reformission evangelism

I’ve culled the table below from Mark Driscoll’s Radical Reformission and hope he doesn’t mind. It highlights the difference between routine presentation and reformission participation evangelism and has helped me think not only about personal, friendship evangelism but about how … Continue reading

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More must hear the call to the inner city

Here’s two quotes, the first from Total Church and the second from Jonathan Fletcher’s recent Reform paper (it arrived in the post yesterday) Back To The Future. Reforming The Church of England – Learning From The Past, both highlighting the … Continue reading

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Homogeneous churches: a symptom of an absent cross

Much has been written about the UK suffering a lack of identity and about how multi-culturalism fuels sectarianism and segregation in society. Christians have long spoken about church being a place where people of all tongues, tribes and nations worship … Continue reading

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Total Church – British classism and the grace of God

In an earlier post breaking out of middle class suburbia I wrote I believe homogeneous churches in a multicultural society deny, by their very existence, that salvation is by grace alone I had used the term “lower socio-economic group” to … Continue reading

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Total Church – where should we focus our energy?

Timmis and Chester point to a 2003 report by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity which concluded: The reason the UK church is not effective in mission is because we are not making disciples who can live well for Christ … Continue reading

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