Introducing Laurie Green Founder of NECN

Founder of NECN

A very handy resource for any estate church leader or practitioner is Laurie Lee’s blog on how to do theology. The website is lauriegreen.org.

This way of reflecting theologically on situations starts not with books but with actual experience. It is called the Pastoral Cycle. Below is his diagram outlining the process.

Theological Reflection

Laurie gives a very clear introduction into what this process means in his short video on https://www.lauriegreen.org/theology-1/contextual%20theology.html

He has written a book on this called ‘Lets Do Theology’. Theology is there for all of us to do, not just for academics. God is calling poor people especially to have a go at doing theology because we may not be rich but we have a rich amount of experience to reflect upon and we still have our faith, just like Jesus did when he became incarnate and lived for 30 years before he started preaching.

As you will be well aware coming from an estate does not preclude anyone from being academic.  For those of you who wish to go deeper Laurie provides links to plenty of additional papers to contextual theology on https://www.lauriegreen.org/theology-1/index.html

He also provides links to his summaries of theology books on areas of doctrine, mission, the Bible, the church and theological reflection, especially in the context of ministry on the estates https://www.lauriegreen.org/books/laurie%27s%20library.html 

There are some very useful books on this list but most importantly of all, all of us from estates can all do theology, starting with an open heart and our experience.

Jesus Shaped People and COVID-19

Jesus Shaped People logo

Jesus Shaped People is a programme to develop the discipleship of small, estate churches and communities from social housing and inner estates.

Sample resources can be downloaded from https://www.jesusshapedpeople.net/ 

Jesus Shaped People have been producing resources for churches now living with the fall-out from COVID-19. A link a video clip explaining more can be found here.

New resources include two short video clips on the themes of ‘Loss’ and ‘Discovery’. These can be downloaded and shared remotely with your church community or a church group that meets for prayer and Bible study. Brendan asks questions to reflect on and pauses after each question so that the video can be paused to allow for group discussion. If you would like to view these videos visit https://www.jesusshapedpeople.net/node/216

Keep up to date with Jesus Shaped People via their Facebook page

New ‘Mission on the Margins’ Training

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I am pleased to let you know about a new Mission on the Margins Practitioner track. Urban Life have been developing this with St Hild and we will commence accepting students in September.

Mission on the Margins is designed for people who are involved in mission and ministry in marginal contexts and with marginalised communities. We offer a wide range of modules and a flexibility that enables participants to discover the best learning path for them. Participants can be accredited at MA, postgraduate and graduate level or you can follow a non-accredited path. Modules are taught through a mixture of online seminars, further reading and in person sessions at St Hild’s Sheffield and Mirfield centres. I’ve attached a flyer that gives you more information or you can visit www.sthild.org/practitioner-tracks.

We believe that the training we are offering will enable participants to engage in learning that will increase their understanding of their practice. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.

 

Mentoring for People Going Through the Discernment Process

Vocation Mentors

God calls people from all walks of life, and our ministers should reflect the society we are part of.

“We are working hard to support those from deprived backgrounds who are going through the discernment process by offering mentoring (https://www.churchofengland.org/mentors).

Feedback suggests that mentoring has built confidence amongst those from underrepresented groups.  But we need more mentors in order to make this as widely available as possible.  If anyone (ordained or lay but with some understanding of the discernment process) would be willing to volunteer for this role, we have training sessions available in March, May, July and September and a Mentor gathering with ++Justin at Lambeth Palace in November.

We would dearly love to have more mentors with estates experience to add to our resource here.  Any help you can offer would be invaluable”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit https://www.churchofengland.org/mentoring 

This link will give details of mentor training days around the country and there is a contact form to complete.

Urban Presence another tilt

Urban Presence Another Tilt

“Urban Mission, another tilt” will be a joint day with the Nazarene Theological College looking at aspects of urban mission and ministry, such as calling, context and training. In its 24 years Urban Presence has seen many encouraging new initiatives and ministries with the “high’hanging fruit” of our inner-urban and outer estate areas of deprivation.

But, there remains a basic inequality of where God’s people are located in relation to where most of the people of our cities live.

Are we missing something or doing something wrong?

This day is for church leaders, activists, trainers and educators to look again at the specifics of this context, the nature of calling to these areas and appropriate practical training for those who seek to serve there.

Free, but advance booking only. Lunch and refreshments included.

To book onto this event click here

Request to find 4 churches

Research Chart

After years of working with churches in disadvantaged communities (on housing estates, with Church Urban Fund and currently with St Martin in the Fields) I’m doing research into the response of C-of-E churches to need. C-of-E churches are busy doing all kinds of work in a context of social change, cuts to public services and increased need. I want to understand this important activity more.

My research focuses on four C-of-E churches in varied contexts, that each use different approaches to respond to need. I will spend between 5 to 10 weeks with each, help out with activity as a participant and then interviewing some of those involved, generating a case study of each.

Can you help? I need to find four C-of-E churches to participate in this research. To help find the four, I’ve adapted a social work model that summarises four essential ‘types’ of response to need. It’s not perfect – however, it’s a useful start for talking about responses to need. I’m looking for a C-of-E church for each of those four types.

It might be you think your church is responding as one ‘type’ and could be involved – please do be in touch.

Andy Turner –

Centre for Community Engagement Research | Faiths and Civil Society Unit
Department for Social Therapeutic and Community Studies,
Goldsmiths, University of London | New Cross, London, SE14 6NW | UK
Or maybe there’s a church you know of, that you think could be worth approaching? Please contact us if you can help and we will put you in touch with Andy Turner.

Working Class Culture and Ministry Resources

Are you looking for resources for and insights into estate ministry? Joe Hasler is a parish priest with  25 years’ of experience of living and working on estates. He has also worked for 17 years as a community development worker.

Some of his work can be downloaded from the list below:

1. Mind Body Estates Booklet

This is Joe’s research into the rich patterns of working class life and culture.

6 A-Community-of-Brokenness

This is a testimony of how working class leaders raised themselves up on an estate in Bristol.

8. Estate-Based-Learning-for-Ministry

This is Joe’s research into how working class leaders have been raised up and formed on estates.

7. Trusting-Indigenous-Ministry

Joe’s thoughts on the need for the wider churches to trust that God is at work in the wisdom of working class leaders.

If you would like to read more about Joe’s thoughts please visit

….Welcome

 

Parish Priest
Joe Hasler an estate church priest