• Archive: Community

The “Parish System is Dead Speech”

Dec 8

Last Thursday I went to a conference called “Evidence to Action” at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield.  The Church (TM) has recently published the report “From Anecdote to Evidence” having conducted some thorough research into church growth.  I may write about some other aspects of the research and the conference but for now I will address

Growth and Inequality

Feb 5

Last night I watched QI and it was all about happiness.  The wonderful thing about QI is that every 30 seconds you have your perceptions challenged.  You look at the TV and say “Eh, what, really“? What made me do the double take last night?  Stephen Fry said that there is a 10% wider gap

Child Poverty

Dec 11

Yesterday I was watching TV when this advert came on. The day before that Dave Walker posted this cartoon. Today I watched Prime Ministers questions where they jeered at each other like a bunch of 18th century toffs fighting over a slice of pie whilst arguing the pros and cons of an 11% pay rise

What is Your Congregation Like?

Sep 13

“So what are your congregation like?” came the question at a dinner party. “Oh they’re wonderful,” came Ruth’s reply, “you couldn’t hope to meet a nicer bunch of people. They are warm and welcoming and they have a real desire to see the place thy live transformed for the better”. With a slightly puzzled look

Rioting on Sunday Morning

Aug 13

It seems only two minutes since I found myself standing before the congregation as a “community leader” to talk about the headline news from Norway.  And yet, here I find myself once more.  It is a strange place to be as people look to me to try and make sense of the world around them.  The church can sometimes