‘What Makes Churches Grow?’

Church growth is back on the agenda – not the 1970s variety from the U.S., but rather the new style espoused by the Church of England. I had the joy of reading recently “What Makes Churches Grow? Vision and Practice in Effective Mission” by Bob...

Making Faith Relevant by Supporting a Living Wage

When Christians talk to others about Jesus, it is more likely to turn them off than attract them. This conclusion, highlighted by The Guardian, was one finding in “Talking Jesus,” a Church of England report published last week. So how can Christians share...

Why Disputes Between Churches, UK Gov’t Will Increase

Another avalanche of media coverage emerged recently about a row between the Church of England and the United Kingdom government. This time it relates to the refugee crisis. The bishops have accused the government of dragging its feet and not responding adequately to...

Living Wages: How to Match Ideals to Reality

“Wages of Sin” read the headline of a report that the Church of England does not pay all of its employees a living wage. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called it an embarrassing reality and noted that Canterbury “was moving very, very...

Why Church of England Must Break Ties with Government

The bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, went with Church of England minister Keith Hebden to deliver a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency office in Witney, about 70 miles northwest of London. The letter, signed by 46 bishops and more...