National Estate Churches Network

Out of the Margins

Now available from NECN and Jesus Shaped People, our new collaborative podcast, Out of the Margins – Hearing and responding to voices from the edges of ministry.

Each episode of our podcast asks an estates practitioner to share from their experience of living and working in estate life around a particular question or theme. Hosted by Brendan Bassett from Jesus Shaped People and NECN’s Sara Barron.

10. Training local experts Out Of The Margins

This week Brendan and Sara meet with Andy Delmege, Canon Missioner at Birmingham Cathedral and former NECN director to talk about using local expertise in estates ministry and the ministry training pathway in Birmingham which is growing local leaders on estates for more formal ministry through context based training.

9.How to not be an Expert Out Of The Margins

In this episode we join with Michael Shaw, Minister at Devonport Community Baptist Church, to hear about loving your community, seeking growth and what it really means to be a disciple.

8. Mental Health Support in Churches Out Of The Margins

This week, Sara and Brendan talk to the director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, Corin Pilling. Our discussion ranges from mental health support available in churches to warm banks and food banks to the challenges of churches being at the front line of these provisions.

7. Creating a Missional Outlook Out Of The Margins

Mike Houston

This week Brendan and Sara chat to Mike Houston about his work at Bethnal Green Mission Church and some of his experiences during 25 years of ministry there. Mike shares about responding to the needs of the community and having a long term vision to equip the church for mission and transformation.

6. Forest Church Out Of The Margins

This week we talk to Nicky Pybus about her work in Bournville as a pioneer, being salt and light in her community and how she set up a Forest Church.

5. Working With The Community, Not At Them Out Of The Margins

Simon Rea

In this episode, Brendan and Sara chat to Rev’d Simon Rea who lives and works in Stonegrove, in Edgware. We talk about the opening of a community space within the building used for the church, and what possibilities and opportunities that has created for the community. Then we talk about Alms-houses and how they could be a project for the future rather than a thing of the past.

4. The Barriers to Kingdom Growth in Your Community Out Of The Margins

Simon Jay

In this episode, Rev’d Simon Jay tells us about where he sees the treasure of unspeakable beauty within his community at The Haven in Welsh House Farm. We talk about our understanding of the Kingdom of God and therefore what growth of that kingdom looks like.

What Next? Out Of The Margins

Jonathan Macy

This week we spoke with Rev’d Jonathan Macy about life on Thamesmead Estate and how Covid has changed the landscape of church and work. Jonathan talks about the challenges of adapting to change in difficult times, listening to God and learning to work with what God has given you.

2. 'What is dying and what is coming to life…?' Out Of The Margins

Helen Shannon

This week Rev’d Helen Shannon shares with us some wisdom around what we are seeing and sensing in this post pandemic time in our estates and low income communities. What is dying? How has the local estate church responded to what is dying and what are they seeing is beginning to flourish?

1. More With Less Out Of The Margins

Chris Fallone

In the first episode, ‘More with Less’, we talk to Rev’d Chris Fallone about his ministry. Chris tells us about his experiences of God’s faithfulness enabling us to do more with less in this challenging episode. You can find out more about the Manchester debt advice charity that Chris mentions on the Gateway M40 website.

Check back for more episodes soon…