Beginners Guide

Reaching the Unchurched

date OCTOBER 10
date Chris Stoddard (UK)

A few years ago a woman walked off the streets into one of our 'Sunday Night Live!' 'Seeker' services and took a seat at the front. Afterwards she was telling a team member how much she enjoyed the programme and then asked, "By the way, what is this place?" "Well it's a church," came the reply. "Oh no it's not!" she said. "I've been to a church once and, believe me, it's nothing like this." She could, I suspect, be classed as one of the ever-increasing group who would go under the title of 'un-churched', disconnected and disengaged with a…

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Visions of the future

date OCTOBER 10
date Sue Wallace (UK)

Our story is a long one, and sometimes it scares me to see how the dates have whizzed by. Those of us who have been in Visions since the beginning have now been on this strange journey for 14 years. I find that unbelievable, and yet being here is still a constant surprise, constantly new. I was roped into this journey back in 1989, when a disparate bunch of people were recruited into a project that involved turning a disused warehouse into a nightclub for a month. It was just a short summer thing, but friendships were forged then, ideas…

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The Body of Christ could use some sleep

date OCTOBER 10
date Kester Brewin (London, UK)

(Or what the Church can learn from iTunes.) Renes Descartes, having mulled over, pared back, savagely pruned and stripped away at the question of existence, finally arrived at what he considered to be something fundamental, a core statement that spoke of the very core of things: Je pense, donc je suis. Thinking and existing were inseparable for him. What is perhaps equally interesting is the logical progression that springs from this: the thoughtless are dead. Those who have ceased to think, ceased to wonder, ceased to reflect, have perhaps let a core part of their humanity perish. Applying your mind…

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