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Church Growth

Church Growth, General Ministry

The Church is the people… but buildings matter.

In October 1943, following the destruction of the Commons Chamber by bombing during the Blitz, there was a debate over how the chamber should be rebuilt. With Winston Churchill’s approval, they agreed to retain its adversarial rectangular pattern, where the parties face each other for debate, rather than changing to a semi-circular or horse-shoe design favoured by other governments. Churchill vehemently defended the point that buildings speak to people and influence them, and thus his famous words on this point are forever remembered…Read more

Church Growth, Rural Ministry

Reflections on Rural Church Growth

Over the years, before, during and after my ordination, I’ve had the privilege of serving in both urban and rural church settings. Currently, I find myself in a mixed bag of churches, grouped together which range from a suburban parish right through to rural settings. One of these parishes is the church of St. James the Great, Rudry. This post aims to reflect and comment, just a little, on this particular church, as it’s growing.Read more

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