Acts 29 conference teaching

Spotlight Proximity Principle
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6th June 2024

Mez McConnell is a pioneer. He is one of the pastors of Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland and director of 20schemes, a church planting and revitalisation network with a ragged school of theology. Mez is the author of The Least, The Last and The Lost: Understanding Poverty in the UK and the Responsibility of the Local Church and Sermons from the schemes amongst other books.

Recently I came across teaching videos on YouTube from a conference in 2018 called ‘The church in hard places – The Gospel & Class.’ The titles of the videos stood out to me, “What’s the problem with the church in the UK?” and “Struggles of a middle-class pastor on a council estate”. Mez, Ian Williamson and others talk about classism, bias and their own stories navigating the UK church. 

These talks do not tiptoe around difficult subjects of class and judgementalism, they challenge thinking and status quo. They highlight barriers and perspectives in church leadership and church planting in Scottish schemes with lots of relevant teaching for all. Well worth a listen.

Resource Links

What’s the problem with the church in the UK? – Mez McConnell

Struggles of a middle-class pastor on a council estate – Andy Prime

Struggles of a working-class woman on a council estate – Sharon Dickens

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Theresa Jackson

Born and bred in London, Theresa is passionate about seeing the nation impacted by the gospel in word and action. Her calling to urban ministry saw Theresa moving from north to west London in 2012 to join an Eden Team in Ladbroke Grove, where she lived for the long-term seeing God impact lives. In 2022, Theresa completed a Masters in Missiology, where she awarded the Department of Theology, Religion & Philosophy Masters Graduation prize. As part of the Proximity team, Theresa is using her skills and passion to see the church step out even more in urban ministry to help co-ordinate the project.

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