There is an overwhelming scientific consensus on the reality of human-induced global warming. And yet popular perception continues to be sceptical. What are the motivations behind such scepticism? How can we engage with it? And what is the role of Christian individuals and communities in the debate about climate change?
This vital study argues that existing churches have much to learn from the missional values, methods and experiences of fresh expressions of church. It explores how established congregations can examine and develop their own ministry of evangelism and find ways to ‘reseed’ the gospel message into their local communities.
Some churches welcome children to communion; some give communion to infants. Reasons and rationale vary. Do baptized children have a right to receive communion in the same way baptized adults do? Can you answer simply ‘Yes’ or simply ‘No,’ and what are the implications of your answer? This booklet seeks to explore why this both is and is not able to be answered simply.
This study examines the pastoral nature of rural ministry and sets out ways in which churches can meet the culture and needs of their local context, shaping the rural communities of which they are part, and moving them towards the kingdom of God.
All too often the message of Amos is broken up and read in pieces—either devotionally, so that we know only the ‘purple passages,’ or academically, separating Amos’s original message from its later editing. But reading it as a whole opens up powerful new understandings. We see Amos’s passion as he tries to persuade a complacent people to wake up to God’s judgment and grace—a message we desperately need to hear in our own day.
This practical and insightful guide argues that mentoring can be a valuable tool for discipling young people. It analyzes a number of different approaches, giving real-life examples and practical advice on how to introduce mentoring in your youth-work setting.