Leaving Egypt

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6th June 2024
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Leaving Egypt is a series of conversations with Jenny Sinclair, Al Roxburgh and guests exploring the vocation of the church in a context of cultural unravelling. They share stories of how local expressions of God’s people are contributing to the reweaving of hope in our common life. 

Two episodes particularly stood out.

Episode 4 – Entitled ‘A church rediscovers its neighbourhood’ Nick Graves is a Baptist minister and has been pastor of Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church in Purley for just over eleven years. Graves says ‘the barrier of middle-class church is a reality: most churches have become estranged from poor people. Ironically churches themselves are marginalised, facing a steep trajectory of decline.’ The conversation is really compelling and inspiring to all those looking for something more on a Sunday morning.

Episode 8 –‘Full time neighbours’. After pastoring for over twenty years at a large city church, and fulfilling a range of senior leadership positions, Karen Reed took the risk twelve years ago to live as an urban worker, joining with what God is doing in East Vancouver, one of the most unchurched neighbourhoods in Canada. Karen made some key choices to help form local community and the results are challenging and inspiring.Jenny Sinclair is the founder and director of Together for the Common Good, full of charisma, ideas, and humility. A podcast full of thought-provoking conversation, well worth listening to.

Resource links

Leaving Egypt: Episode 4

Leaving Egypt: Episode 8

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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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