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Setting Up Modern Marriage Preparation – Duncan MacInnes

WCA UK & Ireland Member Survey:
Q1: Please can you share a ministry challenge that you have worked through in recent years?
Relationship breakdown is at the root of much of our country’s problems and costs the UK over £40bn per year. For almost 12 years my wife and I have led Marriage and Marriage Preparation courses. In …

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Coffee Shop Supervisor – Milton Keynes Christian Centre

JOB VACANCY – Strudwicks Coffee Shop Supervisor
Are you a people person who comes alive at the first whiff of ground coffee? A vacancy exists to join the Strudwicks Coffee Shop team as Supervisor. The role is offered permanent but offered on a full time basis and will involve working a variety of shift patterns during …

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GLS Café on Crucial Conversations – May 2015

OVERVIEW
‘The Health of a relationship, team or organisation is a function of the average time lag between identifying and discussing problems. The health of our ministry, the impact of your team’s focus, the transformation in your community; depends upon how quickly and effectively a leader responds to problems, breakdowns and division.’ Joseph Grenny, GLS 2014 Main Session, ‘Crucial Conversations’
Responding to …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Response – Simon Benham

As a church pastor the results of Will’s survey weren’t a surprise to me. We live in a nation where fewer and fewer people are going to church, or have even had any meaningful interaction with church beyond going to the occasional wedding or funeral. As James Emery-White has pointed out the fastest rising religious …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 6 – Will Bissett

6. What are the implications of these perceptions for mission? Part 2: A response.
As mentioned previously, respondents in this research had the chance to provide free-text commentary supporting their score choices. With 228 respondents and 5 opportunities to provide qualifying comments that made for 1,140 optional possibilities for comment. Many took the opportunity to share …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 5 – Will Bissett

5. What are the implications of these perceptions for mission? Part 1: The contemporary situation.
The findings underline that in the UK we are in a missional situation, but one tainted with negative perceptions that need to be addressed if we are to effectively communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Table showing the difference in negative …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 4 – Will Bissett

4. If a church pastor had a coffee with you, what would be the number 1 thing that you’d share to help make his church ministry more effective to ‘outsiders’?
I’m well aware that that some Pastors reading this are very engaged with culture and trying to find new, different and appropriate ways to communicate …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 3 – Will Bissett

3. Are there things that churches think they’re doing right that actually we’re doing wrong (and vice versa)?
The findings highlight and remind us of the gulf in mindset and perception between believers and non-believers.  A lot of our communications, questions and events often seem targeted at people who have a Christian background or as though …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 2 – Will Bissett

2. Was there an outstanding finding? Were there any surprises?
The sample was split into 3 groups; regulars (attending church at least once a month), affiliates (identified as Christian but with low or no attendance), Others (no Christian affiliation).
Whilst it may seem obvious that Regulars would rate God, Jesus, Christians, Christianity and Church more highly than …

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 1 – Will Bissett

A study into perceptions of the Christian faith held by those on the fringes, and those outside the church
The Prime Minister has asserted that the UK is a Christian country. Is he right? In the 2011 census just over 59% of people in the UK claimed some kind of Christian affiliation or identity. Other surveys …

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