A few words following this year's TDOR service.
This blog has really engaged me, positively, as I prepare for ministry myself. It contains wise words, from the other side, from within ministry and it speaks back to those who are starting out and also for those within ministry. It also highlights the need for all to be watchful over our mental health -…Read more For my friends setting out in ministry
I have come to the end of my time at The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham. To explain, this is the college where Methodists receive pre-ordination training prior to being sent out to various places across the country as ministers. The training can take two years and is composed of a series of academic modules, training…Read more What can change in 2 years?
I invite you to focus upon the Communion Table. It's construction appears strong. The grain of the wood flows in similar lines, although some lines waiver, even going around in circles. The legs of the table stand out, like walls, denying complete access. Holy God, we pray for our world. We pray for the leaders…Read more Prayers for Others
This week in the Church of England Synod there will be a discussion relating to this document: MISSION AND MINISTRY IN COVENANT. It provides some detail in how the Church of England and the Methodist Church may be allowed to grow closer in unity in the years ahead. Following on from decades of prior discussion…Read more Methodist – A Movement
Every year the Methodist Church invites its congregations to reflect upon the Covenant Prayer. It is central to Methodists' devotion and discipleship, and their driver in working for social justice. In the Covenant service the Church celebrates God's gracious offer to the promised land that "I will be their God and they shall be my people". Wesley,…Read more Promises in the 21st Century
I want to paint a scenario: the church service is about a quarter of an hour in, you've had a hymn or two and some guests arrive to see the architecture or what it is like inside your church building. What do we do? Can we welcome them in to the church or do we…Read more Are we really radically welcoming?