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Chaos, fear, pain, anger – then Jesus came!

Britain sustained three home-grown terrorist attacks in 3 months. While the nation reeled the inferno at Grenfell Tower happened; the majority of victims were Muslim. Yet the Bible insists that even in despair God gives ‘treasure in darkness’ as a sign of the Kingdom breaking in. The media marvelled but couldn’t quite explain the impromptu solidarity – here’s some evidence of it.

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Passion for Mission Reflections 1

This is the first of a series of blogs from Phil Prior on the Global Connections event “A Passion for Mission”, which took place on the 8th June 2017 at All Souls, Langham Place.

The theme was “God’s Mission in a Time of Transition. What is the role of the UK in mission today in a world that has changed so much and continues to change?”Read more

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Reverse Missiology: An Introduction

Passion for Mission Speaker 2017 Israel Olofinjana writes on the concept of “reverse mission”, which is becoming more and more relevant for the church today.

If you live in an urban part of the UK, you have probably noticed the many African, Latin American, Caribbean and Asian churches and Christians in Britain. Perhaps you’ve wondered why all these people are coming and starting churches in the UK?

One popular phrase used to describe this activity is ‘reverse mission’, but what is reverse mission, and why is it a controversial term?Read more

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‘Differences and Disagreements’ Member Care Forum – a member care worker’s reflections

18 years ago, I began my journey into HR and member care in a mission organisation in Nepal.  I thought it would be a walk in the park compared to HR in the NHS.  Surely there would be no workplace disputes or team issues?!  How wrong I was.  However, I’m clearly not the only one who recognises that conflict is alive and causing dysfunction in mission today, given the full house at the recent GC Member Care Forum which looked at ‘Differences and Disagreements’.

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Multi-cultural co-workers

 Multicultural teams are a key feature of global mission, and so too is the conflict and misunderstanding that they can bring!  Today we’re going to look at some different characteristics that we can consciously look to develop in ourselves to help us contribute to the smooth running of the team.

When we think of multi-cultural teams it is often tempting to focus on nationality or heart language, but there are also many other factors that contribute to the cultures that individuals bring into a team, like ecclesiology, socio-economic background, gender, marital status, level of education and generation.  These all affect the often-unconscious assumptions people bring to how things should be done, and what is valued.Read more

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Time and Seasons – Transition

Last Thursday the Global Connections Council met for its twice yearly meeting to think and pray about the future. As I retire from GC in June, it was my last time with them. I had the privilege of sharing some thoughts about the last 13 years and my time here. My successor Anna Bishop was there and it was great to think through together some of the many challenges that she will face over the coming months and years.

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The Sustainable Development Goals: one year on

(Photo from the United Nations website)

How do you transform the world? Marx thought it would be by the revolution of the proletariat regaining the means of production from the bourgeoisie. Motorola thought it would be ensuring that every man, woman and child on the planet had their own mobile phone number, while Facebook expect it to be by the ubiquity of their social network in everyone’s lives.Read more

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Two Pastors Met For Coffee

Mike:   Have you heard that a new church has started in the community centre?

Tim:    Yes, someone did mention it. It has a rather strange name – The Church of the High Priest Jesus Christ[1].  Where in Africa are they from?

Mike:   I think it is from somewhere in the CAR.

Tim:    CAR?

Mike:   Central African Republic. It seems their services are in French.

Tim:    Do any of them speak English?

Mike:   I think most of them do and certainly the Pastor, but they are happier in French or Sango

Tim:    So have you met the Pastor?

Mike:   Yes. I asked her why they were opening another church in town. She said that no one else was putting on a service in French and their people found it more helpful to worship in their own language.

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