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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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Regaining Fresh Hope and Vision for Our Own Calling

A soul searching question: ‘why did you get involved in mission?’ We each have our unique stories of how we found ourselves serving and working within the mission context. For most of us reading the blog I would dare to suggest that it was something far deeper than financial gain or prestige that led us into our current role.

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Prov 29:18Read more

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Multi-ethnic Churches: A Gospel Imperative in a Post Brexit British Society

In the light of the EU Referendum vote that led UK citizens deciding to pull out of the European Union there has been lots of conversations about Brexit and its implications for economics, commerce, trade and society in general. But what implications will Brexit have on the church in the UK or to rephrase the question how shall we do church in a post-Brexit world?  If Brexit is dividing people into us and them, migrants and British citizens, elite and uneducated, racist and accepting of others, how should the church responds and handle these differences?  In order to respond we have to comprehend God’s vision of Every Tribe, Nation and Language as articulated in Scriptures.Read more

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Here comes the Sun

I welcomed the chance recently to dig around and ask the question  “what (actually) is the Kingdom of God?” It’s so central to the gospel, but if we had to answer a quiz about it, what would we say? Here are five things.Read more

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The Nature of God / Nyasaye: ‘a silly mistake’

A British Church, in partnership with an African church, decided to put on a conference. The conference was to be entitled The Nature of God. The name of God in that African language is Nyasaye. Somehow a mistake was made in the publicity material. Instead of promoting a conference on The Nature of God, the publicity put out internationally advertised a conference on The Nature of Nyasaye.Read more

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‘Guidance’ – action or reaction?

‘By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebs.11:8-9

Any missional activity brings us into a collision course with “guidance”. We read around the subject, theologise about it and discuss issues ad infinitum; but how can we get it and then act on it?Read more