People from churches all over Wales gathered on the 21st and 22nd November for a landmark conference to share ideas on the future of the church, as part of the Church in Wales 2020 Vision.
Rev'd Justin Groves and James Henley from The Lab team were there in Llandudno as part of the delegation from Monmouth Diocese. James has been video blogging (vlogging) updates, key discussion points and his own commentary during the breaks between sessions.
Vlog 1: Introductions and Programme
Vlog 2: Where ...
As we've recently explored the relationship between fresh expressions of church, pioneer ministry and Anglican identity, I've been on the look out for helpful perspectives from other denominations.
On my travels I found this video from last April, in which Andrew Roberts explores the relationship between the origins and values of Methodism and new forms of church and pioneer ministry.
You can find the original post on the Fresh Expressions website, along with a transcript.
In the last post of our mini-series on Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity, we touch on supervision and accountability for pioneer ministry.
The role of the Bishop is hugely significant to Anglican practice and identity. According to Ramsey (1985, p.96):
[a Bishop should] remember that his role is apostolic. His apostolicity is seen not only in pedigree which he holds but in his role of guiding the Church in its mission.
It is the Bishop who has ultimate responsibility for the life of ...
Welcome to the third part of our mini-series on Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity. This time we're exploring sacramental worship.
How important are the sacraments?
The practice of the sacraments, and in particular the two apostolic sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, are at the very core of the way that the Anglican Church expresses its identity in worship.
Anglican theologian, Daniel Hardy writes:
[The celebration of the Eucharist] is the major way by which the social meaning of the Church is consistently referred to ...
Welcome to the second part of our mini-series on Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity.
In this post, we're going to tackle the parish system, how it has formed Anglican ministry, and what this means for pioneering mission and ministry.
The origins of the parish
The parish system lies at the very heart of the structure of the Anglican church, to the extent that it is difficult to license the ministry of a church, unless it has a parish or territory (Rees, 2006). For Martyn ...
Some of my recent thinking has been on the tension between approaches to pioneer mission and inherited church structures.
In particular, the interaction between pioneer ministry and Anglican identity and practice.
Over the next four weeks, in a little mini-series drawing on some of my MA work, I thought it'd be interesting to explore these tensions.
Apologies for those from other denominational backgrounds that we'll be looking primarily at Anglican identity, but this is simply because of my own sense of denominational identity and ...
Here are some infographics which detail key research gathered on fresh expressions of church and growing parish churches.
These are courtesy of Fresh Expressions and the Church of England's Church Growth Research Programme report released today:
Read the report of the findings so far from the Church of England's Church Growth Research Programme.
Source: Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan
What are the similarities between Taylor's 'little congregations' and fresh expressions of church ?
Writing in 1972, Taylor sees the ultimate fruit of the house-church movement of his time being found in the birth of many diverse 'little congregations'. It's remarkable to see the similarities between Taylor's vision and the many fresh expressions of church which are being birthed as new congregations across the UK and further afield.
Taylor makes three important observations about these little congregations:
They will all be different. Some will be ...
How should mission inform church structures?
Taylor suggests that we can compare those engaged in modern day mission to the prophets of ancient Israel. Those called to be prophets often had an incredibly strong personal sense of calling, but often didn't fit into either the religious or political structures of their day at all. He then draws us to consider many of the great missionary figures in church history, and the role that many of them played in challenging the structure and ...