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Five essential marks of biblical ecclesiology

If the church in the West is to recover and rediscover its calling and identity it would help if we knew clearly the New Testament pattern and the marks that characterised the early church. Over at Lausanne Church Planting Network they recently published an article on 5 truths for church planting today by David Miller and Ron Anderson. Their second point is that it’s crucial we have a New Testament understanding of church. They write: Alan Hirsch cogently argues this conviction in his book, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church. Hirsch believes we…

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Recruit. Reach. Reap. Reproduce

Back in October I travelled to Malaga, Spain for a church planting conference with our Relational Mission family of churches. It was an excellent time together full of warmth (not just the weather), hunger for God, desire to see the kingdom extend and the world to know about Jesus. You can some reports of the conference here and here and there was a great example of the power of prayer. You can find the all the recordings & presentations from the conference here or watch some below Chris Taylor – Reproduce from Relational Mission…

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The importance & challenges of creating culture in a church plant

Church planting can be tough and making disciples is hard work. You can read about methods & models and it can sound easy and exciting but it the reality is often different. It takes graft, patience, perseverance. Blood, sweat and prayers basically. One of the big challenges for a small team is creating a culture that everyone buys into and that helps you fulfil your mission. Here are some of the challenges I’ve personally encountered: Distance. Being spread out over a city makes creating a common culture harder because getting together is much more…

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Spain

Today I’m flying to Malaga, Spain for our Relational Mission church planting conference. It’s an interesting time to be visiting Spain. Spain has one of the longest Christian histories, we know that Paul wanted to go and minister there (Rom 15:24). Southern Spain was one six significant clusters of churches planted before AD 300 along with the ones we might expect such as North Africa, Asia Minor, Italy & the Levant. According to Philip Jenkins this makes sense: Such a Christian concentration in this area makes good sense in terms of the…

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A diverse church

Recently Justin Taylor has shared some helpful posts on diversity in the church. One of the greatest things I’ve discovered since moving to Sweden is the joy of being in a diverse church and sharing with people the plan of God to have a redeemed people from every tribe and nation. You should read all three posts but here are the highlights: First four ways that diversity more than uniformity magnifies God There is a beauty and power of praise that comes from unity in diversity that is greater than that which…

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A church empowered by the Spirit

At Grace Church we’re in a series looking at our convictions & aspirations when it comes to church & discipleship. It is about saying what we believe to be true and at the same time what we wish to be true for us (but may not always be the case). a church with the Gospel in the centre a people changed by grace This third session looked at what we mean to be a church empowered by the Spirit. All Christians, in some sense, are Spirit-filled people. No one is a Christian…

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Recreating the Hanseatic League for spiritual purposes

I know cessationists are often curious as to how the prophetic actually works or what use it is. I think the following is a good example of the Holy Spirit speaks into something to give both energy and direction. In this case the planting of churches in Northern Europe. Hanseatic League Prophesy (v1) from Relational Mission on Vimeo. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for the Hanseatic League

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Relational Mission: A compass but no map

This is the final (in a long-delayed) series of posts on Mike Betts’ book Relational Mission: A way of life. The final chapter is called We have a compass but no map. You can find links to the other articles here. A real family Raising sons & daughters Everyone a witness The prayers of many A church for a broken world Starting new families This last chapter is a less a conviction about church or the work of the Kingdom than it is about the mystery & challenge of getting there. I’ll let Mike…

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